After I hit the publish button yesterday morning, I realized that I talked about habits for two consecutive posts. Now, this one makes three, so obviously that’s something that has been on my mind lately! On the whole, though, I didn’t plan to write about habits again today. I only wanted to point that out because it made me giggle.
This week has been all about taking things slow and easy. The whole family has been showing symptoms of stress- flagging immune systems, rising tempers, the whole shebang. It especially concerns me when the little ones are having reactions to stress, because it’s got to be so much worse for them than it is for me! So, this week, I intentionally left the school planner empty and each day we are just doing what we can with the time we have- no rushing, no worries. I know what my priorities are, and I’m trying to keep us on a steady routine, but I’m learning to say no to over-planning.
I hope a few weeks of grace will teach us all to embrace the process over the end result. Don’t get me wrong, finishing what you begin is important. Results are important. But heaven help us if we get to the end of a path and realize we missed all the special things God had planned for us along the way! What’s that saying about the journey? Surely you get my drift.
This week so far, we have used a tree field guide to identify the oak tree in our front yard (Quercus nigra), observed the life cycle of the tree by pulling up saplings that had taken root and observing the acorns and young root systems, planted and mulched some fall mums, watched an American Dagger Moth Caterpillar travel up and down our maple tree, learned how to read a thermometer and estimate temperature, read numbers to the hundreds place value, recognize plural words, the purpose of the apostrophe, and explored the cultural history of several major holidays. I’d say it’s been a pretty productive week! And we haven’t even done Wednesday yet. Bring it on, Hump Day!