How are you moms doing? Hanging in there?
Although we eased into the year with a "soft start" fun week, the online MODG classes had us up and running full schedule pretty quickly. While my kids are became acquainted with the world of usernames and passwords I tried in vain to keep my head on straight and remember who was supposed to do what and go where and when.
I don't know about you, but I loved being just a Mom this summer instead of Homeschooling Mom With a Million Things on Her Mind.
I continually find my brain capacity compromised after a full day of reading aloud, supervising 2nd grade phonics & math, doing preschool activities, grading math, getting outside after lunch, assisting with music practice, discussing religion and history, staying on top of the laundry, dealing with the mail, returning calls and emails, and making sure everyone gets fed. After merely two weeks and two missed appointments I am certain I need both a caterer and a personal assistant.
But with prayer and patience and realistic expectations our peaceful groove is making a slow but sure come-back.
The Well Read Mom selection, Hannah Coulter, is offering me daily perspective on the preciousness of having all my children at home under one roof and entering into the quiet joys of our own levels of "membership".
This stage of life is joyful yet demanding and (Deo gratias!) fortunately I am finally finding it easier to rise early to pray and prepare for the day. Unfortunately for people like me who need a solid eight hours, I should have been in bed three hours ago instead of staying up writing this post. So you'll forgive me if I take a longish break after this, right?
The first day of school pictures below sketch the makings of our school year, drastically simplified from the last one. We now have homeschooling under one curricular roof with Mother of Divine Grace, music lessons all "in house" at MacPhail (though not all at the same time), singing and dancing consolidated in one comprehensive theatre program, and a busy parish life - all fitting into a chauffeuring schedule I can manage on my own when Joe is out of town for work.
After at least a year's worth of prayer and discernment, we have a workable plan.
May I present ~
(in other words, his big sister is teaching him "Hot Cross Buns" and he still has all the Seussical songs memorized)
(we're trying the weekly Scout meetings - though can't commit to the weekend campouts)
(Confirmation is October 11th, St. Paul Cathedral!)
(most of her classes are online through MODG)
Here's to another year of learning and growing in faith, hope, and love!