Sunday, November 26, 2017

Making It More Complicated Than It Needs to Be

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I've gone back and forth over the last couple of months over whether to let my blog fade a slow death, start something new, or just pick up here like I haven't fizzled off writing except for the occasional monthly book report. (Of which I haven't written one on here since May!) My kids are older now. I have one who starts high school in the fall of 2018. (High. School. Not possible). The days of all of sitting around the table doing our school work together have faded over the last year so posts about art projects and joint curriculum have fallen by the wayside. More often than not I ask to take their picture now instead of the cute candids ... and then I need to ask before sharing it.

Like most moms that have a houseful of littles, I have found that several of my hobbies have fallen by the wayside to getting this child reading, or getting that child sleeping better at night, or filling the need as tutor for this child's class. I've lost a little of my own individuality in the process. My schedule has turned into less of the hands-on-all-the-time parenting to the role of chauffeur and cheerleader on the sidelines. While not an overabundance, there's margin in my days that comes with older kids and I'm struggling with how to fill it. I'm still very available, but instead of the time consuming need to sit on the floor to tie all the shoes and cut all the food and get everyone's clothes laid out and ... and ... and ... before heading out the door, it's now coffee and chocolate and all the conversation. Parenting tweens and teens is an entirely new animal altogether and most days I'm not quite sure what I'm doing.

All that rambling monologue to say, I may use this space once again. I don't know what will turn up ... most likely I'll write about books some (a lot). Photos and photo projects. (December Daily is coming up and I'm in the mood to do something with it this year.) Whatever I'm reading in the Bible and what God is teaching me.

We shall see what comes of it!


11 comments:

  1. Stephanie, we'll take whatever you want to write about! I've never taken your blog off my reader. It doesn't seem possible your oldest is going to be a highschooler so soon - I think I started reading when you still had only two kids! God will help you figure out how to fill the margin with things that both honor Him and give you refreshment to deal with the new parenting and life challenges.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words. :) I agree - I don't think it's possible either!

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  2. Making it more complicated than it needs to be. Exactly. I so appreciate your words, and wish we lived a little closer! I could have said this same exact thing (minus the margins part, which I seem to have increasingly less of though that may all change again with a probable move in 2018)(UGH)

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    1. Me too! Any chance that transfer is in the Nashville area? 😊

      This is such a weird stage of life. I’m doing all the driving and lots of sitting now with the girls so my margin is not at all in convenient places!

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  3. Also, out of curiosity, are you a homeschool up to 8th grade family or an all the way family?

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  4. So glad you will be writing again!

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  5. You have one going into high school, my youngest is graduating. Circle of life.....love you. I miss blogging.

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    1. I know - your girls are not girls anymore!

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  6. beautiful photos... <3

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