Sometimes, I think the theme of my life, here lately should be "Duh!" A lot of the things I used to do, just don't work anymore, and a lot of the things my parents and grandparents once did, I am doing. I think I grew up before I realized it. Ha!
"I just don't know how you do it," someone said to me yesterday. She was talking about homeschooling my kids. I was rolling out bread dough. I started thinking about it, and you know what I've come up with? An answer. My answer to how I do it, this homeschool stuff, plus the baking, plus the parenting, plus everything else is to plan ahead.
Now, if you know me at all, you will notice that planning anything is not the "norm" for me. I am a "by the seat of my pants" kind of gal. From writing, to homeschool, from laundry, to singing I just do what feels right, when it is convenient for me. But, here lately, doing things "by the seat of my pants" isn't working.
If I don't plan way ahead, then I'm starting too late in the morning for school, and it's confusion all day, not to mention aggravating. Not knowing what we're going to do the next day puts me and my girls in a bad mood, and we end up doing nothing. If I don't do the dishes as soon as I have a chance, then they pile up and it takes me what seems to be fifty years to get it all done. If I don't purpose a certain time to write, I end up not writing at all. I hate to say it, but play time is over. :)
I truly need y'all's prayers, because this planning ahead is not only new to me, but it's kind of hard. Some days I do real well, but mostly I struggle. I'm still learning what works and what doesn't, so needless to say, some days are better than others. I do think that when planning next year's school time, I'm going to give myself Wednesdays off to catch up on laundry and other house work.
They say kids need and even thrive on structure, and I'm thinking it won't hurt me either. lol It's like God is saying, "Well, duh, Shannon dear." :)
So, with that said, I gotta go give my kids a bath and get them ready for Youth tonight. Y'all have a happy Wednesday, and keep those prayers coming.