Wednesday, July 23, 2014

"Normal Where Are You"
Dedicated to Homeschool Moms
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The Joys of summer, the free time, the sleeping in, the countless hours at home, being Lacks A Daisy. Non of these things have been apart of the summer agenda I had in mind. FAR FROM IT!!!!
           Garden in full swing ( Loving It) 4H is in full swing
                                       ( Not Lovin It)
Packing for missions trip (Anxious) One child decided to potty train ( Unexspected) Teens jobs and juggling driving (Gas budget blown) One visit to hospital ( Another Bill) Desk top computer crashed ( Bummer, Do you see $$$?)
I think you get the point and yet the list goes on and on. We as moms rise to the occasion of unexpected moments, we are on top of it, smiling and saying "Yes, bring on the challenge." We stand with boxing gloves on, helmet's ready for a collision and our Shield of Faith. Well, if you are like me a rider lawn mower breaking in the summer means more time mowing ( Amish style here I come)and less time sipping tea to the smell of freshly mowed grass.
Getting out the old fashion paper to pencil and writing out our curriculum ( I use Homeschool Tracker) due to desktop crashing.(Hello, Pioneer Homeschool Mom)I laugh in the face of challenges, hitting them head on until the dishwasher quit and yet another blow to my agenda so much for a glamorous summer at the beach soaking up the sun. Instead we leave behind the dishes to go to the beach and welcome them as we walk in the door.
I do struggle to accept my role as a mom who has to not have these time saver luxuries. However, I am inspired now in writing my rough draft for my blog to you. (Pencil to paper)
Even refusing to embrace the year closer to the big 40 knowing what has come out of the 30s. But clueless at to what the 40's will bring.

                  ARE YOU FEELING MY EXCITMENT!!!!
As moms we know how to multi task. I do believe the Good Lord made us with the ability to step up to the plate when called to carry a large load. It's ok to admit when we are screaming inside for NORMAL. We all have our breaking points. But how we react to those challenges can make all the difference in the face of our children. Do we falter? Do we drop to our knees praying, grateful, and become dependent on our Lord? My expectations of what the summer would bring definitely wasn't what My God had on my day to day agenda. However, even in my pleading, I have pushed through. I have survived, learned, and appreciated more the luxuries we have.
All things may not be fixed, or overcome but my children and I have experienced appreciation, dedication, perseverance, budgeting tighter, and the peace of mind that if we walk by faith and have the right attitude, makes all the difference. Your summer may not look like mine, and Praise the Lord it doesn't, yet at least we have shared this moment of laughing, crying, and high fives this journey of motherhood brings.
I still laugh in the face of danger and will from time to time tread in unknown territory but I do pray they are few and far between.
" Normal Where Are You?"
"Welcoming you today"
When summer is winding down, and seeing an end to 4H and excited about my boys experiencing their first missions trip to Nicaragua. I am ready to start our new curriculums with three teens starting their junior year and taking dull credit classes.
Winding down to a set routine, alarm clocks set, quiet time, devotions, lesson planning, preschool, 1st grade, 5th grade, and potty training and yes even all the Normal homeschooling can bring.
Bring on the grading, the frustration's from a new curriculum, the lessons , the 150 word essays. Because we will rise to the occasion and say Blessed are those who persevere.

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