September 22, 2012

The Rhythm of Our Days

School has begun in earnest.
We are currently in our seventh year of
home educating our children.
They are growing up so quickly!
Oh how I wish I had known it would be like this!

Yes. I was told.
Yes. I tell others.
And so it goes.

Do we all think it will always be the same,
and then it changes?
Life can be funny. Don't you think?

As I type this, Fraser is playing the piano.
Emma is clattering in the kitchen making cookies.
Austin is at Grandpa's doing a wood working project.
Calvin is at the airport taking photos of airplanes.
Howie is painting.

 It's Saturday.

 The rhythm of life alters for these lazy/crazy weekend days.
During the week it's a different story.
We are busy. Life is busy. But, it's good.

It's all good.

 Austin is in Grade 12 and Calvin is in Grade 10/11.
They do much of their work online.
They hope to go on for further studies beyond high school.
We seek the LORD for what HE has planned.
This year they are working in the office space with Howie.

 It was part of the switching up we did.

 Fraser and Emma have their own little space with me.
It's been a blessing to get back to some of the basics with them.
Just like it was in the early days with Austin and Calvin.

We've come full circle.

 We open the day with private devotional times.
Emma still has hers with me.
Then breakfast, clean up, and a run/walk at the beach.
We return home for academics after having burned off some energy!

The mornings are reserved for English and Math.

Fraser and Emma take piano lessons, so practicing must be done.
Quiet reading hour is reserved for the end of the school day,
it's meant to be done at the same time after lunch ~
usually between 2:00 and 3:00.

 I'm doing Science and History with
Fraser and Emma together this year.
It's more fun that way.
 We are seeking to fit these subjects in twice per week.
Each evening after dinner we gather for family worship.

And so it goes ~ The Rhythm of our Days.

 God is a God of order.
We seek to keep order in our home.
Does it come easy? Sometimes. And sometimes not.
Do I follow *the plan* perfectly? Not always.

But, God's Grace is always sufficient.
And HE is always there.
"And tomorrow is always fresh...
with no mistakes in it yet."
(From "Anne of Green Gables" by Lucy M. Montgomery)

 What a blessing!

 With Love, Camille


Maryann said...

Enjoyed hearing about your days and yes, yes, yes, they go so quickly. I am now watching my one son raise children of his quickly the time goes.

Grandmabeckyl.blogspot said...

Oh I remember those days as well. It seems just like yesterday we were in the midst of homeschooling as well. We thought they'd never end..but then it did, one then the other 4 year later. Sigh. Now Megan is going to online university, and Justin is married to a homeschooled lady and have 2 children. Little Melody is preschool and she recited a scripture verse for church just yesterday. Oh, we go with the rhythm of our days indeed my friend. They are sweet years, mostly,and now bittersweet in our memories. I don't regret how we raised our children. Love for the Lord and one another. Hugs and have a great week!

PippaDavies said...

Welcome back to another great school year Camille! What a gift to see your kids so involved in what they are doing and with such passion. That is the joy of homeschooling. Happy and passionate students. Praise God!

Camille said...

Dear Maryann ~ I so enjoy hearing the stories of those who are just a little ahead of me on this journey...thank you for encouraging me on. :)

Dear Becky ~ I am thankful for friends like you who are an encouragement on this path...what a blessing! Enjoy those grandbabies! :)

Dear Pippa ~ Thank you my friend! How quickly the days fly by!! Can you believe we are nearing October already??? Happy new school year to you too! :)

Many Blessings,

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

I'm finding my kids really like a checklist, too. I'm having such a hard time coming up with a consistent schedule so far. I think I might be trying to do too much again.

Camille said...

Dear Jackie ~ Ah, yes...the *doing too much* mode!! I hear you my friend. Hang in there...and try to purge your schedule a little!! :)


Heather@Cultivated Lives said...

I love getting a peak into the rhythm of YOUR days!

Camille said...

Thank you are sweet. :)