A Little R & R

Holiday R&R

We’re taking a little holiday break this week and pray you are, too! May the Lord use this time to refresh, renew, and rebuild; both spiritually and physically. Enjoy the holiday, friends. We’ll see you back here next week!

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Bend or Break

Seriously? As I glanced at my alarm clock, I could tell this was going to be a fun day. I was already running two hours behind and the day hadn’t even started yet! In addition to our late start, the kids were already beginning to squabble at each other and I had a long list of things which needed to get done.

Ah! I’m sure we’ve all had mornings like this one; no? Mornings, days, weeks, or months when things just don’t seem to gel. For whatever reason, our well-planned, organized life went haywire and we are struggling to catch up; setting our world to rights.

As home schoolers, this problem can cross over into all areas of our lives. Not only do we feel challenged to keep our households together, but our children’s education also needs to remain somewhat on track. While I don’t subscribe to a rigid form of learning, our children do, in fact, need to be progressing in their studies and receiving an education.

How do we maintain sanity while trying to keep life moving, especially when life comes at us from all angles? We learn to bend or we just might break.

Bend or Break

Not every morning (or week for that matter) is going to go according to plan. I can either choose to make the situation worse by becoming irritated and nit-picking everyone or I can bend with the situation and find a workable solution.

By having a bad attitude, I am preventing myself from enjoying the day and all the blessings it has to hold. I am going to tear apart my family and stress myself out along the way. My children will be less able to learn when they are in a hostile environment, being pushed to make up for lost time. Our home may be “back on track” time wise, but, in all other senses, we’ve lost sight of what’s important.

On the other hand, when I choose to simply let it go, life is much more freeing. Yes; I woke up late, but maybe I really needed that extra sleep and the kiddos needed a few more winks too! Yes; we are a little behind, but perhaps this will inspire us to move a little quicker or just to rearrange our routine for the day. Yes; there are a lot of responsibilities on my plate, but maybe I need to re-prioritize our list.

I also need to evaluate the situation and see if there is a lesson hidden among the madness. Perhaps I need to learn to go to bed earlier. (Um; yeah. That’s totally me!) Maybe I needed to organize my day better or manage my time a little more wisely. Or, and here is a big one, maybe the Lord tossed this little snag my way to see what I would do with it. Am I going to bend or break? Will I do my best with the situation or allow the situation to control me?

By “bending” to accommodate life’s occasional craziness, my children are also learning valuable lessons. They will see mommy own up to her mistakes (like staying up to late); work with difficult situations; choose not to stress out; re-prioritize in times of need; and so much more. These are all just as important for them to learn as arithmetic.

Life isn’t always going to go according to plan. When we learn to bend, instead of break, we are choosing God’s best and setting an example for our children. After all, character is just as important as book learning. And, as a friend often says, “Blessed are the flexible!”

Do you struggle with remaining flexible in times of stress?

“I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me….”
– Philippians 4:12-14

Taking a Break

Week Six: Fall Co-op (6/14)

Science Class; Butter and ice cream making.

Sometimes you just need a change of pace. It’s not that the activity is bad, it just doesn’t fit  your needs for the current time. I think this is how the kids and I are feeling right about now. Spring co-op is just around the corner and, while we would normally be gearing up for this season, we’ve decided to take the semester off.

I think our decision was motivated by several factors. Co-op makes for an early day and a long day; we just don’t know if we care to be that tired. Co-op is on Fridays; our library day and field trip day. Other activities are also beginning to come up, which we are a little more excited about. (More on that soon!)

So, while we are excited to see how others enjoy co-op this season and we wish them all the best, mommy is enjoying a small sigh of contentment and the kiddos are grateful to get a little more rest.

The next few months are going to be tremendously busy and there might be a few major changes in our routine, so this one little choice is a welcome one. It means a lot less work and a more relaxing semester for all of us.

Will you be doing co-op this season?

Work Hard, Play Harder: Break Time

MiceToday we did something absolutely remarkable… nothing! Well, sort of. I planned absolutely nothing. That kinda’ counts, doesn’t it? After weeks of running around like crazy and doing some fun summer activities, the kids and I decided to take a day to not plan anything and just to relax.

I did something I haven’t done in ages, I stayed in bed until eleven o’clock; yup, that’s right. The man and I decided to have a lazy morning and just cuddle. It was so nice to not feel the need to rush around. I absolutely adored it (and wish we could do it more).

We hit the showers, got some food in us, and then decided to watch a flick with the kiddos on the couch.

Feeling a little peckish, we got busy in the kitchen and made some snacks (which we’ll share with you tomorrow).

Now, the bambinos are still passed out on the couch reading and relaxing. I’m getting a little fun research and minor stuff done on my computer, while my husband has nobly gone to work in his office. Perhaps I’ll grab one of my summer reads and keep him company.

Ah! While I enjoy being productive and doing things with the kids, every once in a while it’s fun to plan absolutely nothing. A day to simply relax and enjoy life, to appreciate rest.

When was the last time you were able to have a break?

Christmas Break is Here!

Christmas GiftsThe kids and I are very excited to now be on Christmas break. We have worked very diligently and done lots of learning, now it is time to learn to relax.

I think we will do lots of resting, resting, and perhaps more resting. In that lovely mix we might toss in some eating of treats, visiting of family, and watching of movies.

I, personally, plan to do lots of reading as well. While I do read a bit throughout the year, this is one great opportunity to sit around and read for hours during the middle of the day and not feel guilty about it.

Aaahhh; I plan to bask in the glow of a job well done and thoroughly enjoy the next two weeks.

What do you have planned for the holidays?

Let’s Take a Break

Hello, FriendHave you noticed that holiday breaks really don’t seem like much of a break? I mean, sure, we aren’t doing any home schooling, but that doesn’t mean we are necessarily relaxing either.

I thought we would get at least a few days this week to just sit back and relax, but nope. Each day this week is full of fun and needed things to do.

Today quickly flew by, having been filled with cleaning, organizing, food prepping, and running errands. Before I knew it, the bulk of my day was gone!

Perhaps tomorrow, before the food and fellowship, we will find a few minutes to simply kick up our feet and relax.

Here’s hoping your Thanksgiving holiday is calm and restful; that amidst the chaos, you find a moment to simply breathe and enjoy the day for what it is… thanksgiving.