My wonderful husband took care of most of the crazy kids today so I could cloister myself in our classroom to prepare for our school year starting in 1.5 weeks! I spent the bulk of the day rearranging things, filling garbage bags, and writing lesson plans.
I kept looking at the mess of a room with bare walls, and with toys strewn about on the subfloor that we’ll someday cover with hardwood. I know we’ll hit the ground running and not stop until next summer. Most people would call this the calm before the storm.
But for me this is the calm after the storm. After a hurricane of a summer…very hard third trimester, new baby, new job for the husband with a lot of travel…this is my calm. There is such peace preparing this room and arranging things just so. There is such peace knowing I’ll get to spend so much time learning and growing with my children for yet another school year.
These aren’t just lesson plans I’m writing. They’re plans to snuggle up on the sofa while we soak up C.S. Lewis’ wonderful words. They’re plans to take a walk down by the creek to see how many different birds we can identify then sketch in our journals. And most importantly, they’re plans to sometimes just be still and know.
I thank God everyday for the gift of homeschooling and the time I get to spend with these seven sweet, wonderful, mighty, and loving souls.