. What I am enjoying in particular is this new sensation of facing the coming school year without the tremendous anxiety I usually feel. I am breathing easy, realizing that I am not trying to accomplish so-and-so much in a school year, but in my children's school years. And I am paying more attention to what gets the kids all fired up with enthusiasm, and seeing how I can turn these sparks into paths of learning.
I have come to realize two things about myself in the last few months: first, that I am an introvert. As much as I enjoy people and good conversation, I find that time by myself is absolutely necessary for me to maintain a level of functional sanity in my life. I have always made a point of getting up before everyone in the house so that I can have time to be alone. Second, I have a creative thirst that needs quenching regularly, if not daily, in order for me to feel contented.
A Little Way of Homeschooling, the praises of which I have been singing quite a lot lately, is that although God does want us to give ourselves totally and completely to Him and wants us to put the needs of others before our own, He means for us to do so only to the point where we can still do it with charity. It is not gift to God nor to our families if we give grudgingly and with sour faces. We are not truly giving if we are counting the cost. We are not truly giving if we make everyone around us miserable with our "gift".
National Novel Writing Month challenge in November. She and I are also working on things to enter in a local art exhibit in September, and joining Linda's Sending Love Heart Swap. Sebastian is designing a board game and all the children are working on a play on and off. Other than that, we are just enjoying a bit of laziness. And breathing easy.