Friday, August 12, 2011

VBS Week

We just finished up VBS at our church. Somehow, in all the years I have been married to my husband, who happens to be a minister/pastor, I have only managed to teach VBS two years - one before Caleb was born and this year. Teaching VBS in the evening without children is a whole lot easier than teaching VBS in the early morning with four children to get ready. And these are 4 homeschooled children and mama who aren't used to being out the door early and dressed with smiles on our faces except for Sunday mornings.

The boys did amazingly well getting up and ready. I had the privilege to teach in mini VBS, the 3 year olds (and a few older 2s) while parents volunteered in other areas of VBS. Levi was supposed to be in the 4 year old class. He made it 30 minutes. The rest of the week he has loved being in the 3 year old class. I wasn't sure I was going to be able to get Josiah to his class on Tuesday as he was refusing to go, but Dad took him and he had a great time the rest of the week. I will admit, I have forgotten what it is like to be responsible for so many little ones for so many hours each day. I felt like I was back teaching my little 4 year olds in PreK. I was exhausted every single day. I don't know how moms manage to work full time and keep up with their families. I'm thanking God that I get to be home with my children each and every day.

I think we are all looking forward to normalcy returning come Monday. School starts back up for us then. Most schools in our area don't start back until after Labor Day, but I'm ready to get started. It's nice to get a head start in case something comes up that we need to take a couple of weeks off. It seems like we've needed those extra weeks each year. I'm praying we won't need those extra weeks and can finish early this year.

Monday, August 01, 2011

Box Day!

For those in the homeschooling world, you can understand when I announce that it was "Box Day" in our house. I ordered part of our curriculum for this coming year a little over a week ago. It was scheduled to be delivered today. You won't believe how many times I checked the UPS tracking information or how many times I peaked out my front door even though I didn't hear a knock. Well, close to 3:00pm, I checked the UPS tracking online, and it showed that it had already been delivered. I know they didn't knock or ring the doorbell, because our dog didn't bark. I was so excited to open that box! But as I opened that box, reality set in that I will be teaching a 6th grader this year. Really? How can this be? Weren't we just reading picture books and easy readers? Not this year. I'm really going to learn a lot this year, and I think Caleb might too.

I already have most of the things for the other three boys thanks to holding onto things from Caleb's previous years. According to my written schedule, our school days look well organized. Well, that is the goal. The older the boys get, the more I realize the need for a daily schedule during our homeschool hours. I'm sure it will take a few weeks to get in a groove. Praying our year goes smoother than last year or the year before or the year before that. . .

Here is a run down of major family events that occurred while continuing to homeschool
2005-2006 (first official year) - Josiah born and move to California
2006-2007 - Levi born
2007-2008 - Move from California to Florida
2008-2009 - Silas born
2009-2010 - Move back to California
2010-2011 - Move closer to our church

*It's amazing how many major events have occurred over these past 6+ years of homeschooling. I have to be honest and say that I'm praying for a calm year. Is that bad? I feel guilty praying for one. But it really would be nice not to have to think about moving again for awhile.