Thursday, May 3, 2012

So, what's new?

I've been meaning to update this blog for awhile, but the change in Blogger has really thrown me off. It's sad to say, but I am not even thirty yet, and I feel like all the new technology is leaving me in the dust. My kids on the other hand soak things up like a sponge. It's scary to think how behind I will be when they are teens.

Anyway, here we are in May. I can't believe it...where has this year gone? We have been in the DC area for eight months now. I go ahead and say a year...I'm pretty generous with the rounding up. We'll be out of here in summer of 2015 in any case, so that is about three years from now. It's been one crazy year for us, but I feel like things are finally falling into place. We thought about moving off base, or onto another base, but have decided to stay put. We don't love it here, but I just can't bring myself to do an extra move right now. We already moved twice in 2011. My kids didn't get into the on-base charter school for next year as we had hoped, so we have decided to return to homeschooling. I use to term "return" lightly, since my last bit of homeschooling was for half of kindergarten. This will be a little different, as I'll now have two in grade school, and one in pre-k. Plus a little toddler tagging along. :)

I have been praying and wishing for months that my kids would get into that charter school. I just wanted it so much. When it came to light that they had not, I prayed that they would get in off the waiting list OR God would help me adjust my attitude and get excited about homeschooling. Well low and behold, he did exactly that. The first thing that happened was I met the leader of the homeschool co-op on the base we live on. It was totally random...she just happens to be the mother of the one other girl on Beth's baseball team. She invited me to come and meet their group, so that had me feeling excited to meet some other people in the same boat. The second thing that happened was that I met the leader of the homeschool co-op at the base 15 miles away, where Carrie goes to preschool this year. That was even more random. I saw them at the food court, and recognized her daughter as someone Beth had played with at the park a few months ago for quite a while. Her daughter was obviously school-aged, and this was the middle of the day, so I assumed they were homeschoolers. I walked up to them and gave her my name and e-mail and said that I'd love if Beth could meet some other homeschool kids since we were going to be starting up next year. It's really not like me to walk up to people like that, but I just felt led to today. She then told me she was the leader of their co-op, and gave me the information on that. So it was a double win...hopefully a friend for Beth and maybe some co-op classes for the kids as well. Both groups seem to offer a lot, and I'm looking forward to doing some networking. The final "attitude adjustment" I got this week was from talking to the other mothers from Carrie's preschool class. One mother's husband is deploying for a year just weeks before her third baby is born. Another is battling cancer while also raising three small children, and she always has a smile on her face. Suddenly my "problems" seemed very minor. An old house? A poor public school system? Please...we are so blessed.

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