Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Too Busy to Blog!

I don't know how dedicated bloggers do it. I have been busy with a lot of different things lately and haven't had time to sit down and write anything witty and wonderful. (I know, it's not like my writing was so witty and wonderful before...)

Life has been chaotic and sometimes even with my best efforts I have a hard time keeping up. I don't know why it's so hard, only that it is. So, you may be asking, what does a homeschool mom do on an average day? Well, that's the crazy thing. If you're a homeschool mom there is no such thing as an average day. Just to give you an inside look, I'll let you take a peek inside my planner/calendar for the week:

Sunday: Church, a quick trip to the Target store after church and later that evening a visit to our friends home where our Life Group meets every other Sunday. We watch a DVD intro about the book we will be reading, studying and discussing together: The Prodigal God by Timothy Keller.

Monday: School. Get up early to finish schedules for my three children for the week. After school the children and I go skiing at a local ski resort for a few hours. Prepare a quick meal of meatballs in red sauce in the crockpot (with spaghetti, prepared later) to eat when we get back from skiing. Even though it's really snowy, the skiing is a lot of fun.

Tuesday: Art class from 9:30 until 11:30 this morning. My three children and I take drawing and painting lessons at the Art Academy in St. Paul, MN. The girls and I love it. My son tolerates it. After art class we stop at a bookstore to pick up a couple birthday gifts. (I do not count this as shopping since I use gift cards that I earned by cashing in points on a credit card.) After that we go to the dentist where we spend a couple hours getting everybody's teeth cleaned and having dental work done. Fun, huh? As a reward, I promise my son a trip to the library where he can take out couple books from the Redwall series. He's a voracious reader and the library is a treat!

Wednesday: We'll do schoolwork in the morning and then plan to meet friends to ice skate at 2:00pm. Later the girls will go to our church where they volunteer to help with Awana on Wednesday evenings. Ever since Emily got her driver's license last summer I have not had to make the Wednesday evening drive and for that I'm grateful.

Thursday: Another busy day! We'll have to hustle with schoolwork this morning because we have to be to the Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis by 11:15 for the Young People's concert at 11:35. From there my son will be driven to my husband's office so that he can go to a friend's birthday party that afternoon. The girls and I will stay in Minneapolis and go to the Minneapolis Institute of Art for a liesurely visit. We love the art museum and we're fortunate to have such a treasure in our midst, only 45 minutes away! The reason we're hanging around Minneapolis for the day is because in a quirky twist, we actually have tickets to a completely different concert at the Minnesota Orchestra that evening. It will make for a long, but fun, day.

Friday: My middle daughter Leah turns 14 today. Of course we will make the day special but in the midst of our busy week we've got to squeeze in our schoolwork. The children have talked about going skiing later in the day. If the weather cooperates and schoolwork is done, we might just go.

Saturday: My son has a 4H Lego mindstorm project meeting in the afternoon and the girls have a 4H knitting and crocheting meeting if they choose to go. It's not required, just a fun thing they can do. Some more talented 4H mothers will work with the girls and help them on their projects that they are working on.

There are probably more things happening than I've listed here. Leah would like a friend over to celebrate her birthday, we'll need to make her a special cake and birthday meal and plan a special day for her... Meanwhile, bills need to be paid, clothes need to be washed, the house needs to be maintained, the dogs need to be cared for, meals need to be prepared, dishes need to be washed and on and on the list goes. Chaotic, busy, full, call it what you want, it's the stuff life is made of. The thing is, we've got to be careful how we choose to spend our time because our very lives, the most precious gift God has given us (after our salvation), are at stake.
Does my life, the way I spend my time, glorify Him? I don't want to just give God lip service. I want the choices I make about how I live to ultimately reveal His presence in my life. Let it be so, Lord, please.


Auntie Cake said...

Minus the homeschooling, I can relate! I never seem to have enough time for anything. A friend who went back to work told me that it is way easier for her to work as opposed to staying home. Made me feel better.

We are reading The Prodigal God, too, in our small groups for church.

I was also wondering if you have seen the movie, To Save a Life? I am thinking it's going to be a definite no for my kids, but haven't heard from anyone who has actually seen the entire movie themselves. Just wondering what you thought, if you had seen it.

Have a great day, wish I could go ice skating with you! I grew up on the ice and this is the first year that I haven't coached Sophie's hockey team. I miss being on the ice everyday...
And lucky you to get to take art classes with your kids. The concerts all sound great too...

Leah Marie said...

I wish we could've gone skating today. It's ok though. You're going to have to watch American Idol for us. It's funny how you've watched more then me and Em! :)
love ya ma! ~Lee

Cafe Fashionista said...

Wow! You are one busy woman! I commend you for being able to balance everything in your life so well!! :)