We have finished another successful school year and I marvel that I have been homeschooling for 14 years now. This year I have really struggled with having enough energy and scaled back my involvement in extracurricular activities. Even though it felt plenty busy life seemed more balanced and carved out time each week to do a toning workout. I have been feeling a little better, and was contemplating increasing my workouts this summer as well as yard projects when I got a surprising call to teach seminary next school year.
I seem to receive every calling I have in the church about 4 years before I am ready for it. I should not have been surprised when just a few weeks earlier I had the thought that my life was really settling down and getting easier. This will be a huge challenge for several reasons including the biggest one that it will change my entire routine. I will be starting at 6 every morning, bumping my jogging with Nathan, sleeping in occasionally and a lot of free time that will be devoted to preparation. I'm thankful that I was able to find out at the beginning of the summer, so I have time to prepare. I love learning and I am excited at the prospect of feasting on the words of Christ.
I spent last week helping the girls paint and redo their room. They were tired of the dark purple and green and ready for a softer color. We chose a pale blue and spray painted their desks white. I think it turned out well. Our only other project this summer is to rip out the carpet in the boy's bathroom and tile it. Slowly but surely we are whittling off the vast list of house projects. Nathan is also staining the deck this summer. I'm staying out of that project as I did it alone last time and I don't have the energy to help. We intend to downsize in our next home so we have time and money that don't go solely into our house.
Life is good. My kids are growing up and I'm starting to glimpse a life that doesn't center only around their activities. I'm really glad that I went back to school when I did. Work is a nice balance with my part-time schedule and gives me plenty to learn and think about. For now, I am savoring this season.
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