Could it get any worse?

I will not ever say that again.

Ever.

Not.even.kidding.

Wow.

But we all know when the going gets tough.. The tough must Let Go and Let God.

Just when I thought this wait couldn’t get harder. Just when I thought I couldn’t hang on any longer.

God showed just how much I could handle. And I am sure I could handle more… So no need to test me… Please.

I got it… He is in control. I am not.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.- Proverbs 3:5-6

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Steps For A Great Back to Homeschool

Even in the homeschool world things can play out crazily for the first day of school. The weeks leading up to it.. Homeschool moms are typically looking for the best deals on school supplies. Wardrobes aren’t the same priority when you can do school in your jammies but my kids still get some new threads and the back to coop outfit.

But on the first day of school at home things really kick into high gear. The first day of school can be overwhelming for me who will be teaching 12th, 9th, 7th, 3rd, K5 and a K4 and adding a very active and cute 3 year old thru adoption hopefully by the end of the year or other moms teaching many ages or just one age.

So, for all of those homeschool moms who will have a very busy first day of school this year, I want to give you some ideas to have a successful first day of homeschool!

1. Make a Schedule….just do it. This is the part i struggle with the most but my most favorite part. A schedule is nothing more than a written plan for your day. There are many different types of schedules with different levels of detailing. When the going gets tough, you can always leave the schedule but if there is no written plan things are likely to be left undone. So, have a written plan! Any schedule is better than no schedule.

2. Start before the first day or take it one step at a time. Aside from a written plan, Get a plan for the ‘littles’, if I can keep the littles occupied and quiet… My older kids do fabulous.

3. The first day of school, my kids are always curious about new books, notebooks, computer programs, note cards, supplies, and on and on. So, we do little “school” on the first day of school…although they do learn a great deal. Since we have the entire school
Year, I let them have a chance to thumb through things and become familiar with each book or program during the time when they will be doing that subject. They can also ask all of those hundreds of questions, i know they will have. I look for an extra special project, art, experiment, or kitchen fun in the first few days of school.

4. Start your school day with a high protein breakfast. And plan out your meals. I can not stress this enough. In fact I will have another blog post on just that.. Menu planning. But put supper in your crock pot.. So your day can be carefree!!

5. Best for Last! Remember to stop and laugh.. Smile. Don’t be stressed. Look for opportunities throughout your day with your kids to just stop and enjoy the moment. Sometimes I get so focused on completing a project or schedule.. I miss the fun loving parts of my day. Learning is fun!!

Enjoy your back to ‘homeschool day!

~Figuring out Mia~

Words can not describe for how blessed we truly are. Throughout this process, people will say to us, that is such a great thing you are doing. I never knew what to say back to this. I feel the reason we were doing this wasn’t because we wanted to be great people or do this great thing…you might even say we are selfish. We wanted to be blessed again with another blessing. Most of you know I am no longer able to have children and what heartbreak that has been for us. God put this on our hearts to allow to us to have another blessing. And a blessing she is!!!

Anyone who has ever contemplated older child adoption, I want to highly recommend it. She is such an awesome and happy child.

We have been trying to figure out bedtime. While we were visiting with the foster parents, I asked how she sleeps and where does she sleep? They said with us on a mattress on the floor. Oh great..as most of you may know, I love my sleep. I mean LOVE to sleep!!! So we decided to let her sleep with us while we were bonding..OH MY. Thats what I have to say to that! She would put her cheek to mine..chest to my shoulder…legs wrapped around my ribcage…both arms spread and one rubbing my cheek and the other rubbing my arm…the ENTIRE night.
CAN I SAY BONDING?? OH yes we are bonded…we called that the Mia CLAMP and a CLAMP it was!!! As snuggly as this was….she wasnt sleeping that great like that and I wasnt sleeping at ALL. So I would put her beside me and snuggle like a newborn..she would sleep like this but fitfully. I decided I had to get some sleep…so her and I moved to the guest room and stretched out and oh yes….we both slept the night away!! And for 3 hours she slept alone!! Below is her all stretched out enjoying her space!!!! Chloe and Camye decided to show her how to eat ice cream..Daddy style..right out of the bucket!! She loved it. Excuse my messy kitchen…I have 5 kids now…it’s allowed to be messier!!