Our school year is well underway, and we are loving it!  Do our days go as planned?  Hardly ever.  You know what, though?  That doesn’t matter.  Homeschooling is an adventure.

The first year we homeschooled, we chose Sonlight curriculum and supplemented with Saxon, Bob Jones and a handful of other resources.  Our homeschool experience was great, but we felt disconnected from our friends who were still in traditional school.  PC (Prince Charming) and I wanted this school year to be different.

Another homeschooling friend recommended Classical Conversations (CC).  What.A.Blessing.  We still love our Sonlight curriculum, but this year my girls and I are journeying alongside other homeschool families through a local CC campus.  This, friends.  This is what we were missing during our last homeschool year.

Community is so important.  After all, God created us for community.  It is making such a difference.

Even though some days are longer than others, I can’t help but feel so blessed to be where we are.  Last year, my life was set to the rhythm of rush.  The year blew past me in a blur, and I missed so much of what was happening with my family.

I laid down some pretty time intensive commitments that meant a great deal to me–missions I have believed in and felt called to serve.  Yet, nothing can compare to the calling I have as a mom.  My number one priority is regular quiet time with God.   Behind that, my most important role is being a wife and mom.  I love staring into my daughters’ eyes and hearing what is on their hearts.

Every day is a new day.  No day is perfect, but they are all precious.

Today, A made me laugh as she groaned through geography.  She is supposed to spend an hour each day this week as she learns to draw the US and the major rivers than run through it.

After about half an hour at work, this is where she was…

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After an hour, I rounded the corner to this…giggles and a sweet voice saying, “Geography is going to be the death of me!”

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This is our new normal, and I am trying to hard not to take a single moment for granted.  Let’s remind one another of this on the days when laughter does not come so easily.