Although we've officially been doing school for a few weeks, today was our first day back in the full swing of things, including extracurriculars, and already one thing is clear: despite my tenacious optimism, this is still not the year in which I finally achieve that elusive goal of Doing It All, nor will I reach that splendiferous state of Having It All Together.
Already, to get done the things that I'm deeming most important, I'm having to let a lot of things slide.
Such is life.
While the laundry pile gets a little higher and the kitchen floor gets a little dirtier, I am reading to the kids about the Phoenicians, and administering a biology test to Josiah, and writing down David's math grades, and helping Tobin learn a way to remember the difference between vertical and horizontal lines. I'm reading Mountain Born aloud to the children while they build all kinds of LEGO creations. (An aside: I cried today while reading Mountain Born. It was the part that describes young Peter being exposed for the first time to the reality of what it means to dock the lambs' tails; and when his mother protests, his dad says, "The boy will be a man one day. Is it too early for him to begin to think as a man?" As I looked around the living room at my own tribe of boys turning into men, I choked up and had to pause to clear my tears before I could continue.)
Somehow during the summers, I convince myself that when we get back into the rhythm of our school routine, I'll be able to do it AND keep up with the house like I want.
It never seems to turn out quite like I've imagined! ;-)
Well, besides school, the other big project that occupied a couple days last week was harvesting the grapes. I was expecting it to be a one-day task, but it stretched into two. To be completely honest, we were a little sluggish as we approached this duty, and our attitudes--mine included--were not always the best. As a family, we tackle so many undertakings and usually work well together as a team; that's one of the things I appreciate so much about my children. But we get about a C- for our efforts this time--definitely something to improve upon next year!
Deuteronomy 25:4 and let the workers eat while they're picking the fruit. :)
pies with the other two pints. ;-) I intended to take a picture of them but forgot to do so before we ate them. Maybe next time... :)
With these big once-a-year harvest projects, I am undeniably grateful that we are blessed with delicious, healthy food; but I certainly do heave a big sigh of relief when the task is finished, and I can turn my attention to other things.
And one of the other things that is coming up is that a certain very little boy is having a certain very big birthday...TOMORROW!! :)