Today as I sit here and prepare school lessons for next week for the kiddos, the realization hits that we have 4 more days of school this year! Yes, that’s right, 4 more days! And even though I am super excited, not just for myself but for the kids as well, it is also a bittersweet realization.
I have been reflecting on this year that seems to have flown by just as our lives seem to do. This is the last 4 days they will ever be a 7th and 9th grader. They will never have this time again. Did I say all I wanted to say? Did I show them all I wanted to show them? Did they learn all they needed to learn?
I can sit and continue doubting my ability as a parent and homeschool mom, or I can embrace the moments we had and prepare them for the moments to come. They may never again be a 7th and 9th grader, but they will begin a new year, where I can make sure I say all I need to say, do all I want to do, and teach them what I feel they need to be taught.
But until that time, I will embrace the moments we are given. And those moments start this week. My birthday is coming up fast, actually next weekend, so to celebrate one more year I am alive, and to end the school year right, we are taking a trip for a few days.
We will be heading to our favorite Amusement Park in Branson, MO, Silver Dollar City, then off to Diamond, MO to the George Washington Carver Museum (since the kiddo’s both just finished up slavery), then onward to Springfield, MO to the Dickerson Park Zoo (www.dickersonparkzoo.org) (Lindy studied Zoology this year) and Discovery Museum (www.discoverycenter.org/) (well because we all could learn more interesting facts about Science). We are hoping to squeeze in enough time to make one last stop in Mansfield, Mo to visit The Laura Ingalls Wilder Homestead, (http://www.lauraingallswilderhome.com/) since Lindy spent half the year reading her books and completing Unit Studies for Literature.
I know it will be a very busy 4-5 days, but I am so ready to have some alone time with my family. The kids say we can never plan a trip that don’t involve lessons of some kind. Well, of course not, because the world is our classroom and I can make a lesson for everything we do. Hope you have time to Embrace the Moments given to you! Enjoy life and breath deeply!