We've had almost no schedule this summer. This is really unusual for us. Kids sleeping in until nearly noon. Breakfast being catch-as-catch-can. Dinner on time or late. Lunch being a kid responsibility. All of our summer learning plans gone. A playdate here, long days at home there. Shopping being a hit-or-miss operation depending on the condition of Mom's pregnancy cravings and nausea. Bedtime getting later and later as the summer progressed. Vacation schedule spilling over into at-home routines (or lack thereof).
E14 starts seminary in a week. Class will start at 6:00 am for the first week and possibly jump to 5:45 am the second week. We live 15 miles from the church building, so we will be out of the house by or before 5:30 am.
We also planned to start our home school the same day (by accident, not by design).
But as August arrived and we got home from our big trip out west I realized that we were going to need a bit of practice and preparation in order to survive the year ahead. So this week is for learning how to get up on time, get chores done, have meals in a timely manner, and dive into morning devotionals.
Our entire "school" day lasted from 6-8:30 am yesterday.
By 8:30 we were all ready for a break!!!
The kids were faithful, diligent, and prepared. So was I.
And the effort was exhausting.
The older kids slumped around reading. The little ones strapped on in-line skates and skated all around the garage. I made menu plans, grocery lists, shopped, and finalized school plans for a couple more kids.
Then we made sure dinner was on time and bedtime routines were re-established.
I crashed into bed, counting my blessings and offering thanks for the inspiration that led to this practice week.
We sure need it!!!