Back to School
"Back to school" for us this year should really be called "To School for the First Time." All of five of my school age kids started public school this year! Four are at our local elementary school (Megan- 6th grade; Evan- 4th; Justin- 3rd; Carsten-1st), and Nathan (7th grade) had the adventure of starting out in middle school.
I made the decision to send them to public school after trying and considering different options. I sought the Lord's guidance and got advice from wise people. The fact is, for a single mom with seven children, public school is a blessing. It's "free," it's local, and an overworked single parent is not an anomaly.
And I'm happy to report that my kiddos aren't just enduring their new schools, they're LOVING them. They're challenged, but not stressed; busy, but not overwhelmed. They've made friends who live close enough to play with after school. Their teachers are loving and encouraging. Each one of my children has become more independent and responsible and confident. I get to focus on mothering without the pressure of being teacher and principal and school counselor too. We feel so blessed to live in a community that can produce high quality schools, because, of course, public schools are just a reflection of the values and standards of the majority of the people in the district.
Both younger boys are in preschool part-time while I work. Next year, Stefan will start kindergarten and Austin will continue preschool. I can't believe how quickly my little brood is growing up.
|Backpack is slightly smaller than child|
I've kept up with my half marathon training. (I'll be running the San Antonio Rock n Roll Half, Lord willing, THIS WEEKEND- on December 7th. It's odd to type "Rock n Roll" and "Lord willing" in the same sentence.) Thank you so much to everyone who supported me in my Leukemia Lymphoma Society Team in Training fundraising quest. You're the best!
I've enjoyed the training, and the increasing distances haven't been as insurmountable as I'd imagined. I guess you never know until you try! I am looking forward to having the race DONE so that I can carve out a little time to get back on my bike. I love running, but I miss my weekend rides.
|Thanksgiving morning run|
Chaos and Order
Conquering chaos is an ongoing order of business around here. I'm working hard at it, and I think I might be making progress. Of course, perhaps "conquering" is the wrong word. It might be better to say "managing" or "taming" the chaos. As long as I'm this outnumbered, chaos will be an ever-present reality.
|Fun! And messy...always messy|
Speaking of chaos, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the REAL reasons that the blog has been so quiet. Here they are, in no particular order: Cross country (Nathan), soccer (Justin, Carsten, Stefan), gymnastics (Megan), and swim (Evan). Only Austin was sports-free in September through November. Unless, of course, sharpie-ing the couch is an athletic endeavor. He's set a PR there. We all love the activity, but with so many doing so much, it did make the evenings and weekends a little hectic. We're all enjoying having a bit of a break.
|Top of the podium is a great place to be!|
|That's a grimace of triumph.|
|The REAL post-race pic. |
That's not a "finisher" medal- it's an actual hard-won medal.
|So. many. soccer. games|