Monday, July 17, 2017

When Things Don't Go As Planned



Greetings!

Can you believe it has been since the end of April since I have sat down to write anything here!?! I have both enjoyed the break and missed putting words out of my head and into some type of cohesive format.

However, I am attempting to get back into the swing of things so here we go.

It's the middle of July and we are just a few short weeks away from welcoming our newest addition to the family. I saw on the weather report today we are in for a heck of a heat wave this week so this terminally pregnant mommy will be spending as much time in doors as she possibly can. And that is absolutely OK because we kicked off our 2017-2018 home-school program year here at Mars Hall Legacy Academy. 

I made the decision at the end of our home-school year in May that we would start our school now and get some of the learning under our belts then take more time off once the baby is born. That way we might still manage to get in some type of a summer break next year with the off chance we can take a trip to see grandparents or aunts and uncles.

I ordered our curriculum and received a ton more for free early on so that I had plenty of time to plan and prepare. We have hit all the great school supply sales early so we have fresh new crayons, markers, and paints. Notebooks are stalked up and my lesson planner book is filled in and ready to go.

Last night, before I went to bed I even mapped out a loose schedule for us in my mind so that we were able to incorporate chores, play time (inside and out), quiet time, and lesson time. I had it all ready to go so that we would have all our structured learning time done by 3:15 at the very latest.

Then we slept in about an hour later than I had planned. Yep, I was starting off the "First Day of School" behind already. But it was ok. I knew with a few minor adjustments we would still be able to meet my timeline and all would be right with the world.

Needless to say....thing's just didn't really work out that way. Here we are, at 4:!5 in the afternoon as I am writing this and we still have one subject left to get through. Only about half the chores I had hoped to get done were accomplished. And I really should be getting dinner going in the oven.

But, instead the kids are playing with friends outside and I am here taking a much needed break to remind myself that even on the best of days things rarely go as planned. And that is OK.

There are countless stories from the beginning of time all the way to my less than stellar planning today of how things just didn't quite go as planned. However, once a step back is taken it is clear to see how God had His hand in everything and was truly orchestrating things within His plan. It's not that things "didn't really go as planned" but rather "things didn't go as I (we the human race) had planned"

Collin's 1st day of 2nd Grade
Today may not have worked out the way I had envisioned it to but as I have sat here and thought about it, I got some extra rest that I clearly needed being 36 weeks pregnant. Dusty had an opportunity to get the day started with us through our morning Bible lesson and prayer time. And I got the opportunity to have some good conversations with my kids as we entered into our new journey of 2nd grade and kindergarten. Today, though not "planned" has been just what it needed to be, and if I can manage to keep even half of that perspective throughout this journey we are going to have a great home-school year!

RaeLynn's 1st day of Kindergarten



How do you handle things when they don't seem to go as planned? Let me know in the comments!