This year was no different. Even though this is our tenth official first day of school (click here for a look at our very first first-day-of-school pictures), I'm still not quite ready...still tempted to cling to summer's relaxed schedule...still procrastinating about ordering all the books we'll use this year...still slow to finish all the plans for all my students. But one thing I've learned is this: when I start to lament the loss of the free time that summer gives us, I realize that I really, really like the way I relate to my kids when we're homeschooling. That's not to say, of course, that I never get impatient with them during the course of our school work; but overall, I like the fact that homeschooling makes me pause in my pursuit of various homemaking tasks so that I can sit down and read to my kids about a schoolteacher in Alaska...and so that I can learn memory verses with my kids as we sing crazy music together...and so that I can write in our gratitude journal things that we are grateful for...and so that we can, after reading about Eli in a children's Bible, grab the regular Bible and find out more detail about him ("how did he die? he fell off his chair and broke his neck?? wow!!"). I appreciate the way homeschooling requires us to spend significant, intentional time together. What a gift!
The first morning of this tenth lap in our homeschool race began with our traditional first-day-of-school breakfast: funnel cakes!
It had been eight years since we had had our septic tank emptied out, and we wanted to get that done this summer before the winter came and made the ground hard to dig. Wouldn't you know, this was the day the guys showed up to get the job done! Of course we stopped what we were doing to watch the action--can't pass up an opportunity like that!
After the septic tank was emptied and the workmen went on their way, we managed to officially start our school stuff; but we didn't get through everything before it was time to quickly eat a late lunch and head over to a friend's house for a pool party with the kids from church. Between funnel cakes for breakfast, getting to watch men open up and drain the septic tank, and going swimming, it sure was a rough day. Homeschooling is tough, I tell ya! ;-)
Last year was such a roller coaster of a year because of Benjamin's birth, the puppies, and a number of other factors. Who knows what the future holds, but I am expecting this year to be significantly calmer, less interrupted, and--dare I say?--easier, as far as homeschooling goes. We shall see!! :)