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October 18, 2012

5 Days to Baby!

I have to apologize that I have been M.I.A. here on my blog lately.  I had all kinds of good intentions but life and priorities were taking up my time.

Baby Update
I do want to update you on our 5th blessing that is due to arrive in 5 days.  How do I know 5 days?  Well the little stinker decided he didn't want to be born at home and is in a breech position.  We are scheduled to meet him next Tuesday.
I would have to say this is the first "scheduled" baby I have had and it is kind of nice to get things planned out.  Of course the waiting is hard too, which it always is.
We had been planning for a home birth again (our last three were born at home) but God had other plans.  We are so thankful that we had a midwife that was experienced to be able to know by external exams of my growing belly that he did not feel head down.  We had an ultrasound that confirmed it and are now planning a scheduled hospital birth.  A lot to figure out in a short period of time (we found out at 37 weeks) but honestly probably perfect timing.
I will do my best to post some pictures and his name once he has arrived and hopefully not two months after he has arrived. ;)

Homeschooling Update
Well lets just say it has been a bit of a struggle.  We worked off and on throughout the summer, have gotten more consistent this fall, but still can improve.  (When can we not improve, right?)  We have had a lot of disciplinary issues to deal with.  Mommy is realizing that her attitude 90% of the time is probably to blame for some of those issues.  Lets just say I have been really focusing on having the law of kindness coming from my lips.  It honestly helps with my frustration level of the disciplinary issues if I am not getting emotionally dragged into it.
I am a planner, I LOVE to plan, I am good at planning, I am not so good with follow through of the plan.  Also, you all forgot to tell me that my plan needed to incorporate the personalities and logistics of a VERY strong-willed first grader, kindergartener, preschooler, and toddler.  Oh and now that plan better be flexible because we have a sweet little man joining us in less than a week.  So lets just say God has used my "plan" to teach me His plan is not my plan or should I say... His ways are not my ways...
We are committed!  Even though it has been a bit rocky figuring this all out I am thankful that God has placed in us the commitment to homeschool.  I don't know if I came into it thinking it would be easy, but I now know it will not be easy.  Isn't it said that things worth doing normally are not easy?
I know we will continue to tweak our "plan" for our homeschool.  I have let go of some of that control (at least I hope so) in order to be more flexible to what our children truly need and what we really want our homeschool to look like.  This is our life not just "school".
I could go into more detail here but I will, again hopefully, share more of what is going on in our homeschool soon.  I hope that you will be encouraged that things are not perfect here, not that you were fooled into thinking that ;) , and that when you want to give up on anything hard you will... PRAY, PRESS ON, PRAY, LET GO OF CONTROL, PRAY, LET GO OF CONTROL...oh I had already said that... PRAY  Then watch and see what God will do!

How is your 2012-2013 school year going???

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