Wednesday, September 03, 2008

About Face...

I don't even know where to begin. Life has been whirling about me, and pretty soon a month was gone. In fact, where did summer go? Did anyone else miss it entirely? Shucks...I had big plans and everything....*sigh*

I finally feel like I am coming into my own with six children. That may sound odd, but it is true, regardless. Juggling an 18 year old, 16 year old, and a 13 year old has it's own set of challenges, but adding a 7, 2, and 5 month old had made me feel undone at times. However, I must gleefully admit that Boaz is the MOST MELLOW baby I have ever had! God knew is all that I have to say to that. I mean I thought Roman was pretty self sufficient, (all be it moody), but Boaz seems to be happy and laid back no matter what. Ohhhh I know I am blowing it by stating that, but I have to say just how thankful I am for him and this little personality trait in him. I understand that all babies have there moments so I am waiting for Bo's, but until then I am relishing the angelicness of it all.

Abram is going to public school this year. The other boys are still homeschooling, well all but River who graduated this year and is now signed up with the Union. Abram has never attended school and we thought if he was going to attend a year of school in his lifetime that second grade is a good year to do that. It is still full of innocence and fun. I thought that the first day of school would make him a jumpy gus, but not so. In fact, when I walked him into the school for the first time yesterday he was very cool and calm. He said hello to his teacher, he found his cubby for his belongings, and then very nonchalantly sat down at the table. I said, "Well I guess I will see ya later honey." He responded with, "Okay Mom, have a GREAT day!" as he waved goodbye before I even turned to leave. I sort of giggled and raised my eyebrow surprised at his leisure laid back attitude. I mean he didn't know the teacher, the kids, or the environment, but he was unphased. So I stepped outside of the class and discreetly watched him from the window in the hall. To which he enjoyed the word-find that was placed in front of him, only glancing up to say hello to some of the other students who looked twice as nervous as he should have been. I was pretty pleased to see him so self assured. Who said that homeschooling doesn't teach children good social skills? In fact, it gives them tons of confidence. So we will continue to pray for him daily while at school, and hope that he has a very positive year. I don't expect that he will attend next year, but we will take it one year at a time just like we have done with all the boys. We find that homeschooling fits us best, but I have also found that the years that we dabbled in public school proved to be invaluable in more ways than one.

So far now, we are still pulling out the books every morning. We are mulling over geometry and pre-algebra AGAIN, and we are trying to find our routine with our new baby, River working, Isaiah working, and squeezing in one public schooled child. But aren't we all just trying to find that happy healthy balance in life?

9 comments:

Neena said...

Well I hope everything goes well and you get a good schedule figured out. Kali is over here trying to black mail me right now, but I'm not going to let it work.

But back to my comment to you; I agree that summer just flew by. It's so strange. Last summer seemed to last a long time, to me, but this summer.....

We will be leaving for camping in a couple days now, probably, and Mom and Dad are harvesting honey right now. I need to be accomplishing the mile long list that has been prepared for us, but...

Kalisha said...

In reply to your comment to me: Now that I know what they are I know that I just HATE Smageetos. Lol. I will try to go more often, but for now we are about to go camping, so I'm for sure not going to be at church with you again for 3 weeks.

Jules said...

Yes summer just FLEW by. I had a great summer, getting to spend it in Colorado but it flew by! That's neat that Abram is in public school. That takes a little off your shoulders :) That's also good that Boaz is such a good baby. I've been missing your posts, but, like you, I haven't been on here as much either. I can tell that everyone is really busy. Hopefully we'll all get back in the "groove" HEHE.

Lori said...

Good to have you back! I missed you!!! I didn't realize that the boys went to public schools some. Do you decide when they do or do they go if they ask to try it? Sounds like he just fit right in. You gotta love that he was so sure of himself!! :-) Keep us updated on the progress and don't disappear for so long this time!

Sis. Leah said...

I agree summer really did fly by. You go to sleep on night and wake up and it's time for school again. Well I will say a prayer for you and your family. I hope every thing works out for you guys, and that you're able to find that balance you need.

JoAnn said...

So nice to hear from you again. It was so awesome to see you and Den in Oregon. I am still holding out hope for an Oregon trip this winter. I too am settling into homeschooling with the boys. Seems to be going well. Sure wish you all could find some time to come and see us. And yes Trina, summer just disappeared this year. Not sure exactly where it went. All the pictures I took sure help to jog my memory.

Mrs.Martin said...

I hope Abram had a wonderful first day of school. How exciting Trina. I love that little boy, and I bet he did very well. I am finally blogging again too and I can see that you noticed. What a summer it was for us too. Time flies.

Love Your Sis,
Teresa

Laura said...

I don't know how you do it, Trina! I have enough trouble trying to add in an infant to my toddler schedule. You should be proud of Abram adjusting to school so well... it reflects on the security and confidence you have taught him.

kristarella said...

Good to see you back Trina.
I always love reading your posts.
I hope that your days are filled with the Joy of the Lord and that you have many good days amongst the hiccups of life. They teach us alot don't they?
Your family continues to shine.

K~