In Texas, I will still experience 100plus-degree weather for another month or more. Fall will not tempt us into its cool mornings until possibly late September, but the school year has now been pushed to start in August, instead of the olden days after Labor Day.
I have enjoyed this slower pace summer. Last year held unemployment and uncertainty. This summer, my nest only holds two and I haven't experienced this slow of pace in years. Yet, I can see my unaccomplished "dream list" hasn't been crossed off either.
I will venture into an uncharted territory this year with both of my younger sons. Number 5 will enter high school with a home school co-op. I will delegate his education, outside of my supervision, for the first time in my homeschooling journey. I look forward to this welcome freedom for me, as well as the benefits he will receive in a group setting. In the past 21 years of home educating, there have always been siblings doing school along side each other...now our family is in a new season.
My second new adventure will be putting my 6th child in "kids day out" for two partial days a week. In my 26 years as a stay-at-home mom, I have never used these services. Because of the 10 year gap between him and his brother, he doesn't have a lot of friends close to his age. He is so excited. I am sure the biggest adjustment will be on my side of this new adventure.
Seasons come and seasons go. Past seasons for me seem to have been more comfortable and predictable with little adjustments from one school year to another. This new season seems so foreign.
As I reluctantly turn my calendar to August, I read these words placed over the artist's precious picture of a small boy.
Chores are Good for You
They are not punishment to bring you sorrow
The bucket of chores Mamma gives you today
Will make a responsible
Along the bottom are the words that remind me that as I continue on this parenting journey, even with the new, unfamiliar twist, I have a responsibility.
So I put my foot into the door jam to stop the closure for two more weeks of summer. My focus will be to emotionally adjust to this new season and complete the list of chores remaining. We will still hold off fall by swimming as long as possible and eating dinner outside on the patio table.
Blessings to you as you come to the end of your summer and look forward to your change of season - whatever that may bring. What excitement each season of change brings!!