Advent is nearly upon us and my mind has been wandering to thoughts of gathering around our wreath for prayers and hymns, eggnog in my coffee and snuggling up together on the couch with a stack of Christmas stories as we wait in joyful anticipation on the One who came in the humblest of ways.
We have been diligent this year so far in our school efforts. Each day giving our loaves and two fish, whatever that may look like. I am proud of each of my kiddos and all they have worked towards so far. The plan is to keep doing our best for another two-ish weeks before we begin a nice long rest. I am ready to slow down a little and just enjoy this Christmas with my seven, five and two year old. I’m trying to remember that their sense of wonder and awe will never be as present as it is in these years. Plus, Advent is always so full of baking, reading, playing, celebrating, that I struggle to say it won’t be real learning anyway.
Both my husband and I have picked up the Harry Potter series since the summer and we are both lost in Hogwarts right now. We’re in deep. If I can finish my current book before our break starts, my hope is to crack open The Deathly Hollows and devour it by the New Year. There is talk of maybe having a quiet New Years Eve in with yummy takeout, bubbles and a Harry Potter movie marathon.
How are you feeling coming up to this Advent? Running on fumes? Full to the brim with anticipation? I would love to hear about what you most look forward to at this time of year?
I have long debated whether I should just pack this little blog up and call it a day. Do people even read blogs anymore? Obviously, they do, but with the convenience and instant gratification of Twitter shares and Instagram hearts, how can we hope to compete? The answer for me at least, is that I can’t. If I am going to start sharing my heart here again it has to be for the right reasons. Not for likes, comments or shares.
Another apprehension I have had about writing again is that I feel so much pressure to be grammatically correct. God forbid I misuse a comma or forget one and an online reader deem me unfit to homeschool my children!
So, I’m just going to be real here. What I have to share with you is not perfect, but it’s me. I think the same holds true for my (and your) mothering/homeschooling journey. Our kids don’t need us for all that we can do. They need us for all that we are. My faith, my strength, my laughter, my gifts, my femininity, my perseverance to grow in virtue are all unique to me and they are the legacy I am slowly handing down to my little ones, for better or for worse.
There will likely be dark grainy photos at times and grammatical errors, to be sure, but I find so much joy in sharing about our days together and the transition we are in from a house full of toddlers and preschoolers into a house with a seven, nearly six, and nearly three year old.
I refuse to keep letting fear hinder me from writing what I want to write, whether it turns out to be read-worthy or not. I would always want my girls to bravely tell their stories and that is what I intend to do.
September was busy and beautiful. We started a new year of school at home together. We visited the local Wildlife Park, the girls started Irish Dance lessons, our oldest daughter turned six and had a sweet little party with her friends. I am so grateful to be going to bed truly tired. The days are so full right now with two busy girls who love to dance and sing and color and play LEGO and be read to..and my little son who is like a party in a can. He is always smiling and climbing things and laughing unless he is teething or sick in which case he is hanging off my legs all around the house or screeching and trying to hit me while I read to his sisters. Yikes.
In any case, I am ready for the cool days and hot drinks and a lap full of wool.
“Delicious Autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I was a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive Autumns.” -George Eliot
A lot has happened since I last properly blogged so I am not even going to try and bring you up to speed on life around here. Let’s just jump right in.
We started our school year with a morning spent at the local Wildlife Park. It was our first time there since Oliver started walking and he was so excited to chase the peacocks. And squirrels. And ducks. It’s incredible to think he will be two years old in January. The time has just flown by and he is a real charmer.
This year Lucy is in Kindergarten and Abigail is in Preschool.
We are using the Sonlight curriculum for the second year now and quite happy with the read-aloud books offered. I was able to thrift many of the books for dirt cheap and then I felt zero guilt in picking up the last few on the list at full price or borrowing them from the library.
We are planning for lots of read aloud time each day which is our number one priority and then phonics for Lucy who is slowly but surely becoming a reader. We are using the book How To Teach Your Child To Read in 100 Easy Lessons and we love it. It is so straightforward and the lessons are short which help a lot. Our first week of getting back into our routine of being home has been so blessed. I hope to keep sharing here what we are up to this year! Join us 😊
Happy Friday, friends!
This week I am guest posting again on Mama Might and talking about what it’s like to be a woman, a mom and having just turned 30. Join us over at Mama Might…
While i’ve got you here I wanted to mention we are nearly finished week two of homeschool for the year and it has been great so far! Those first few weeks though nerve wracking are always filled with a newness and love of structure for all of us. I know that will wear off with time but we are riding that wave for now and I’ve got plans for mini field trips once a month for this year to keep things fresh.
Today I am guest posting for the first time over at Mama Might. I am so excited to be sharing about our “Back-to-Homeschool” dinner. Go and take a peak! I will be back at the end of the week to tell of our first week back in the books.