Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Homeschool Mom

As I sit here surrounded by stacks of books, I am really feeling the pressure.  It's the first day of the new school year and I feel behind already.  I am trying to create a schedule for four of the kids and my two year old is in the middle of my lap trying to do their school.;.

My husband calls and calmly asks"What's up?".

"I am stressing.  So much to do." typical comment from me.

He reminds me I've been doing this a long time. (21 years) "Why am I worried?"

I think it's just a Mom Thing.  I have a million things running through my mind.  I haven't planned dinner, the house needs cleaned, I start teaching Sunday School this week, I have projects uncompleted.  I could seriously fill 50 hour days without doing school.  Then there is school!

This is likely TiArra's last year of homeschool.  Sad face.  With one having just left for college (we won't get into that or I'll start crying AGAIN) I am really feeling sad about another one growing up. She is planning to start community college next fall.  But that means the pressure is on with her to have her ready.  No easy days this year.  Then she is also running for her local title in the Miss America Program.  She has to be ready for that.  There isn't even time to breathe.

Then the boys Titus 8th, Tuff 5th, and Tucker 1st.  Just keeping them on task and off each other is a feat in itself.  Counting to 3 while your brother is on the bottom is NOT math!

Tennyson wants to do everyone's school work.  She is constantly taking Tucker's books from him.  Everything that worked with the other kids is not working with her.  That baby just wants constant attention and from EVERYONE.

Add to that a couple of blogs and a new Etsy store (www.Etsy.com/shop/FordCountry).  I should be crazy by the end of the school year.  But I say that every year!

Somehow I manage to keep going.  I have given each child a binder with a schedule in it.  Especially the older ones, I am hoping they'll learn to look at the schedule, see what needs to be done, and accomplish it.  Even Tucker has a chart that tells him what to do and he is doing a great job marking off the boxes.  My biggest goal this year is to keep them on track.  Something we haven't done for the last few.

Most importantly I love my children.  I love homeschooling them.  All the days of school we don't get done don't matter later.  Being with my kids everyday of their childhood has made my life happy.  I know it will all be ok.  We eat every day, the dishes eventually get done and somehow they manage to grow up and move on.  Four of them already have!

Thank you Todd for being the most amazing husband and allowing me to have 9 beautiful babies and stay home.  I know it's hard for you to leave everyday.  You are wonderful!


If I can keep my focus . . .

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.  Phillipians 4:13


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