I've always said I'd be happy to have my kids home all day every day if I didn't have to teach them anything. A teacher, I'm not. I'm honest enough to admit it. Just ask the Coach. I can organize and plan and cook and clean and schedule babies/naps and watch the kids ride scooters, but teaching is not only not my thing, I'm really REALLY terrible at it.
And although I'm sad to see the lazy days and empty calendar squares (few as they have been) go by the wayside. . .
Time for more of a schedule. For less sleeping until 10 (the kids, not me - ha!), for fewer late nights and old movies and snow cones.
It's been a busy, fast, hectic Summer, but it's been SUMMER. Full of travels and mission trips and workouts. Of saying goodbye and saying welcome home (and LOTS of trips to the airport - ha!), and sharing memories and stories and seeing what GOD WILL DO in the hearts of men.
I wouldn't have said, two weeks ago, that I was ready for Summer to end. I wanted it to go on forever. But something about daily volleyball practice and school clothes shopping and endless school supplies has pushed me over the edge. Well. That and two-a-days for the Coach which means I not only don't see him much, but he is one very tired guy.
Since the notebooks are all over the living room until school starts? Let's get going, then.
When we walked into those halls to meet teachers and see classrooms and renew school friendships?
My heart sang.
Yes, I'd still keep them all home with me if I could. Maybe. But that wouldn't be best for them OR for me. Because these sweet people that plan and prepare and pour their hearts (and JESUS) into our kids? Are a treasure. They have a gift for teaching that I don't have.
My Coach is one of them. How I love him.
I feel like I'm at the top of a BIG roller coaster hill looking down on High school football (we don't have a player this year, but you can bet we'll be there!) and Jr. High football and Varsity Volleyball and 7th grade volleyball. . . games four nights a week and MUCH less time with my Coach. . .
But it's time.
The troops are ready. This momma is ready. And I can't wait to see what this year will hold.
Did I mention that Son (#1) is moving to Atlanta for the school year? Maybe that's another post for another day.
So maybe, after all, the preparations and work it takes to get ready for a new school year are just the thing to get my heart ready to jump back in, again.
May all of you sweet teachers preparing for the school year have God's grace and strength (thank you seems so inadequate). May all of you precious mommas getting ready to send your dear ones off to school have grace and strength. And if you homeschool? I have no words. Only admiration.
Excuse me while I go enjoy the last free Friday afternoon and evening that we will have for QUITE sometime. Well. At least until March. Ha!