It's Christmas time and we're hustling and bustling to and fro. It seems I can't hardly keep up with life anymore, much less pictures! My camera has sat in its bag for months without me even pulling it out...the thing wasn't even brought to Arkansas. Needless to say, my IPhone camera has been my saving grace when it comes to documenting special events in our family's lives. But, this morning the stars aligned and we were all dressed and ready for church with a few minutes to spare. That my friends is a modern-day miracle. ;-) So I grabbed my camera, dusted it off and snapped a few pics. Seeing as how pictures from our camera are so rare, I figured I'd post them to our poor neglected blog.
I miss my camera. I miss my blog. And I really. really. miss feeling like I'm organized and on top of things. Seriously, every closet in our house looks like the Berenstain Bears closet. My car is covered in toys and mismatched shoes. And the laundry...oooooh the laundry. I've gotten to a place in my life in which I'm ok with chaos, and I'm ok with messes. Good grief, I have to be...I have 3 young kids for goodness sake! But the level of disorder I'm currently living in is pushing my limits and making me twitch. To all of you organized folk out there who have clean grout between your tiles and actual folded panties in your undies drawer,
This is life though. And honestly, after the tragedy and horror in Connecticut this week, I've tried to look at my chaos through a different lens. I know each of those families would give anything in this world to have their child back in their lives making messes. (sigh)
I wish I had things of interest to say, but honestly, life is pretty ordinary these days and I find God telling me daily to find contentment in that. The most exciting moments are when I see a light bulb going off while teaching a new concept in one of our school subjects (and I don't mean to minimize those moments because they are HUGE and bring me so much joy!!), and the moments spent on the football/soccer fields or b-ball courts when magic happens and scores are made or blocked (again, don't mean to minimize those moments because those too are HUGE and light me up from the inside out!!). Between homeschooling, Community Bible Study, the kids sports and play dates, our days stay filled. Most evenings I fall in to bed and realize I hadn't sat down all day except while driving. I do good to eat before 1pm, and that's usually grabbing a few pieces of my kids discarded lunch. I've become the quintessential stay-at-home mom....the one who ricochets back-n-forth between the dishwasher, washing machine, fridge and car...cleaning things, cooking things and driving
The kids continue to be good students and we're breezin' through our school year. Having said that, I fluctuate between thinking I could do this for the rest of my life, and moments of thinking my friends should shoot me if I ever say I'll home school again. ;-) It's an all-consuming commitment that requires a lot of planning, energy, patience, and passion. Planning, energy and passion I've got!...patience...well, I struggle in that dept just a tad-bit. But, nevertheless, we're truckin' along and making good progress.
And YAY, our Christmas shopping is done and presents are wrapped. The lil' stinker in the pic below seems to think she's getting a puppy for Christmas. Poor lil' love,...not happenin'. Oh, and remember how I mentioned I'm falling behind on things?...well, this blog post is as close as we'll get to a Christmas card this year. I'll do better next year! :-) SO, from our hearts to yours........
Merry Christmas everyone and Happy New Year!!
The kids, giving me their "Silly Lillie" faces... ;-)