Hot Air BalloonAll of my friends are plunging into their new school years with enthusiasm and determination. I feel more like I’m sort of coasting over the whole scene in a hot air balloon. . . just serenely observing the chaos and energy below me. Yes, I do miss those days. So, my best advice for new homeschoolers? Savor. Every. Second. Be involved. Stop everything else, and just be there with your kids. When things get crazy or seem impossible, call me. I’ll remind you that this, too shall pass. All too quickly!

This is our last year of homeschooling! I never dreamed I would actually be here, with over 20 years of homeschool experience under my belt, and wondering what in the world I’m going to do next. Well, I have a lot of ideas. I’m going to keep plugging away at becoming a Licensed Catholic Doula. Hopefully by January I will have enough money set aside to actually start the process for becoming a Licensed midwife here in Texas. (Once I start that, I probably won’t have time to sit around and dream about what I’m going to do with my life!) I could quilt more. I could work on my book. Which means I need to brush up on my Genealogy, and maybe even finish creating that website I started working on a million years ago. I could clean my house. (Okay. . .that’s not high on my list until we have our very own home again, but I can consider it an option, anyway). I have several classes waiting for me on Craftsy that I need to work through.

But what I really want to do is savor each and every moment with Abby. While, on the one hand, I am really excited to have all this free time on my hands, I remember how fast time flew by when I still had Kendall and Alex here at home, and how much I loved those years, and I know that if I blink once and turn around twice, Abby will have moved on, as well. I don’t want to miss a thing! I am so blessed to have a tender-hearted angel of a daughter, who loves to spend time with me and enjoys so many of the same things as I do. But she’s so busy already this school year! She’s taking a full load. Honors Anatomy and Physiology, Physics, Algebra II, Honors English II, Government/Economics. To say that she’s booked would be the understatement of the year! And, she’s still going to find time to study to become a doula, too.

This will probably be our fastest year yet. I know it will fly by for me, and I’m guessing that it will be over before Abby knows it, too. I’m afraid we’re both suffering terribly from Senioritis!

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