Over the weekend, I asked our kiddos what their favorite part of homeschooling has been. We’re almost one month into our new adventure and honestly, I haven’t figured this thing out yet. At all.
I’m struggling (thus the fact that it is 10:27pm as I’m sitting down to write this blog).
We’ve yet to have one week of a “normal” schedule and I’m beginning to wonder if we ever will. What is normal, btw??? A hurricane, flooded basement, brand new business, potty training, starting preschool, bacteria in our well, etc. This has NOT been a normal month!
Asking the question over dinner about their favorite part made me a bit nervous. We’ve had our ups and downs and I’ve lost my temper with them more than a few times. Would they tell me they absolutely hate every moment and want to go back to school???
Kylie’s answer hit home in a way I did not expect.
My mini-me middle child quickly answered, “I love that we eat breakfast together at home now!”
As I thought about her unexpected answer, it dawned on me how our children have mostly lived eating breakfast bars in the car on the way to school.
2 things –
#1 – There are morning people who get up early and make time to cook, drink coffee, read the paper, and clean toilets. I wish I were like you. The rest of us hit the snooze button twelve times, run out the door with one shoe on and yell for everyone to hurry up because we’re late, AGAIN. This has been my life for the past 37 years. Yes, totally my choice. I could be like the rest of you, but I am not.
#2 – Breakfast bars are amazing. I love them. The food isn’t the point here.
The one glaring difference between how we lived before and now –
Instead of hurrying to get out the door every single day, we’re learning to live at a slower pace. We’re taking time to simply be with each other – a quality I’ve skipped over for years. I guess I didn’t realize how valuable these simple moments could be.
It took a child to remind me of what’s most important – giving them my time.
Most mornings, you’ll find us Haiglers taking a pace that’s a bit slower and sitting down to start the day together. It’s like we’ve discovered a new way of living.
Who knew sitting down for breakfast could mean so much?
Thank you for opening my eyes, Kylie.
PS – for those who missed our update on Facebook last night, mom and dad’s basement flooded out as Florence passed through the Charlotte area. We were cleaning up water throughout the day and evening and I didn’t get to my little keyboard to blog. Thank you for your prayers! The sunshine came back today and the water seems to have stopped coming out of the basement walls. Whew!!! We’ve never been basement people, so this is an entirely new education for us city folk. This was also our first experience with flooding and I’ll be just fine to never experience that again. So many others in North and South Carolina lost everything. Please help us pray. We’ll be sharing ways to donate and help in the relief efforts in the coming days as our friends and neighbors get back to their homes. Stay tuned.
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