Welcome, September!

Tomorrow is a special day. It’s officially our littles’ first day of homeschool preschool! Whaaaat?! I know, right?!

How did they get old enough so fast?! Well, I guess if we’re being technical here, Little Lady isn’t “old enough” yet at two years old, but we’re starting a play-based curriculum and I don’t doubt for a second that she will enjoy participating with her Bubby.

Y’all.

I have so many mixed emotions. There’s excitement (who knew I would someday be happy about teaching my kids at home?) and hope for growth and success.

There’s fear. What if I don’t do enough? Or what if I don’t focus on the right things? Thankfully, God has just gently reminded me that I have a great curriculum that guides me perfectly each month if I will just keep referring to it.

There’s also a sense of being overwhelmed. That’s kind of why I’m still up at midnight writing a blog post.

Earlier this evening I was working on my calendar, trying to finalize our daily projects and overall schedule. Even though our schedule is pretty consistent from day to day, every once in a while there’s a wrench in the system due to extra things that either don’t happen weekly or that just pop up. These are good things and, I dare say, necessary things as I would go stark raving mad if I never had socialization, haha. But here’s the issue I’m having…

How do people do it?

How do other homeschooling parents balance school, household chores (which I’m already really bad at doing consistently), necessary errands and appointments, the “extra things”, spouse time (which is COMPLETELY a no brainer – it’s got to happen for everyone’s benefit), work, etc. The list seems endless! How do blended families do everything when they have to use valuable time to shuttle one kid to and from school in the next town?

So, I’m attempting to work on a daily schedule and there are only so many hours in the day. I want to use them well! If I could have my way, our routine would be identical Monday through Friday. However, every other week is different.

That’s why I’m trying so hard to develop a weekly schedule that will help me to utilize the time we’re given to the fullest and most efficient.

This post sounds like chaos when I go back and read it. A sure sign that my mind needs sleep that it’s too frantic to welcome.

*sigh*

Pray for me, friends. Specifically that God would grant me clarity and peace and confidence in this new phase of our family’s life. That He would guide me as I seek to wisely manage the time He’s given us. Finally, please pray that He would help me to rest well. Thank you!

I hope you had a blessed Labor Day holiday weekend!

Goodnight, y’all!

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