Homeschooling sweet homeschooling! Single child. Multi-children. Toddlers, tweens, teens, aging/ailing parents, and everyone in between. We are all in various stages of our homeschool/life journeys, yet wherever we find ourselves, it is imperative that we aren’t lost. I’m not making any sense, am I? But please stay with me.
My son is in middle school, and this momma is feeling lost. He does not need me to be hands-on every millisecond, nor does he whine and complain at the drop of a hat anymore. And I miss it! Did I just write that down?! Yes. I miss it. All of the moments that made our elementary homeschool days tedious now tug longingly at my heart. I share this with you because I ask that you please slow down, breathe, and be present in the moment wherever you are. These moments pass so quickly. My husband just started graduate school, and I couldn’t be more excited for him and our family. It seems our family is wading into all kinds of new territory. I find myself thinking, "In a few short years, young adulthood will come calling for my son." My husband will complete graduate school. Where will I be then? WHO will I be then? Between you and I, I don’t have a clue, but here are three things that are giving me life right now:
1. Audiobooks: Sometimes, when I am feeling some kinda way, I don’t have the vim to pick up a book. Audiobooks allow me to escape into someone else's world for a while. I just finished The Prayer Box by Lisa Wingate on OverDrive Digital Downloads. It was as if the narrator, Xe Sands, was telling me this great story while simultaneously transporting me to another place in time.
2. Podcasts: I know I am late to this party, but I have recently discovered some pretty awesome podcasts. One, in particular, is The Next Right Thing with Emily P. Freeman. Here is a brief description of the podcast: “For the second-guessers, the chronically hesitant, or anyone who suffers from decision fatigue…” This is so me right now!
3. And last, but certainly not least, is meditation—simply setting the timer on my phone for five minutes, closing my eyes, taking deep breaths, and inviting peace into my busy mind. Depending on where you are in your homeschool journey, it might be hard to find five minutes of quiet to still your mind. If that is the case, start with one minute. Just start! Give yourself the gifts of grace and peace.
OK. OK. I know the title of this blog post was a little misleading. This momma is nowhere near hitting her groove, BUT, I am here, I am present, and I am on to my next right thing. Will you join me?