A New School Year

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I love homeschooling most of the time.  I refuse to exaggerate and say that every minute of every day is perfect.  Nor am I willing to say that planning makes everything perfect.  I have a general idea of what I want to do when.  This year, I have even entered almost every single class in its entirety in Homeschool Skedtrack, an awesome online virtual homeschool planner that is best of all……FREE!  I love the fact that it will automatically adjust the schedule to whatever lesson is the next one that is due.

So on the subject of adjusting – sometimes life happens and you have to go with it.  We started school in July.  I planned to take two weeks off in August – one to go with my husband while he went to a work seminar (we took our daughter with us for that one), plus the week after so we could go to Williamsburg with our family and celebrate 23 years of marriage.  Now for some 23 years may not seem like a lot, but for me it is a milestone.  You see my parents separated right before their 23rd wedding anniversary.  So I feel like I have cleared a hurdle.

But those plans changed to include a third week when my husband decided to take off extra days from work.  With this change came lots of work, as you can see in the picture above, we put up/canned, preserved or other wise put in mason jars and sealed a bunch of vegetables.  Since this picture was taken, we have added more vegetables and some fruit.  Now we are going to add Chili and Spaghetti Sauce to the mix, along with Vegetable Soup and some other kinds of soup.  We added a pressure canner to our kitchen as well (Oh how I love what that can do for our family).  For the very first time this year, we canned potatoes, corn, tomato sauce, sauerkraut and green beans.  I love being able to just go to our shelves and grab things for our meals.  And oh the fresh made sauerkraut (made by our hands) is amazing to eat.

Our children helped with these endeavors.  They shucked corn.  They help peel potatoes and apples and tomatoes.  They fill in where they are needed.  So to me, they are getting Home Economics, Cooking 101 and Life Skills all rolled into one neat package.  Then my husband had to go have a pre-cancerous spot removed from his face last week – so that kind of threw a monkey wrench into life.  So next week, we will be saying hello to several of our new classes.  By the middle of October, everything will be in full swing – of course having three children with birthdays within less than two weeks will make that month interesting.  But we homeschool year round, so I am not too concerned.  Everything I want to get done will eventually get done.  But all too soon our children will pass from our home in to the lives God meant for them to have.  I want to be able to look back and see that we lived life rather than being so caught up in keeping to a schedule that the schedule dictated our lives instead of the reverse being true.

I would love to hear from you about what is going on in your life

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