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Some Things I Learned During My Break

by SomeGirl on September 20, 2010 · 21 comments

Aaah… what a nice break away! It wasn’t as relaxing and hammock-y as I had hoped, but it was very nice! And the timing was perfect! Last week the boys started their full schedule of enrichment classes – my youngest 2 days a week and my oldest 3 days a week. And I taught my first class at their enrichment school. I had no idea how busy we would be. And the homework from my oldest one’s Wednesday classes feels crazy (most people at that school go one day and use the homework as homeschool)… but I think we’ll adjust soon. :)

If you’re interested, I thought I’d share some things I learned during my break:

  1. My family and friends need me to blog… I started to talk and email their ears off!
  2. The mosquitoes are much worse since we mowed down our sunflower maze… I think the bugs that were attracted to the sunflowers were eating the mosquitoes. (note to self: always plant sunflowers)
  3. Getting to sleep by 11pm and waking up at 7am kind of feels good.
  4. 9:30am feels much later when you wake up at 6:40am than when you wake up at 8:30am.
  5. Playing with bubbles at 7:30am is fun.
  6. My boys enjoy going to school much more than I would have anticipated.
  7. I needed a break away from my children more than I knew… it feels really good to walk through Target on my own and to sit here in the quiet typing. I’m breathing much more deeply than I have recently.
  8. I have no idea how to teach basic Spanish to elementary students! I feel quite out of my comfort zone… like a fish out of water! I wish I was doing chapel or teaching writing for one hour a week, but I’m praying and searching for a good curriculum to follow… or someone to take my place. ;)
  9. I am a lot like a ficus tree. Have you ever had one? One little move, one little change in lighting or watering and it’s leaves all start to shed. I don’t handle change very well. I wish I was more like a household ivy… you can move it anywhere you want in the house, change the lighting, water or not water and when it’s not getting enough it will droop a little to tell you it’s thirsty. Oh, to be like a household ivy! (my ficus leaves have been dropping like crazy this past week)
  10. It feels really good to get things done and say Goodbye to my Junk! I can now park my car in the garage for the first time ever!
  11. I need a Bible Study… any good suggestions?

I’m sure there’s a lot more that I learned, but that’s all that comes to my mind at the moment. I am really glad to be back and look forward to catching up with you!

Btw, weren’t last week’s guest bloggers AMAZING!!? I LOVED what they had to share! Here’s a BIG THANK YOU to them all!! And a BIG THANK YOU to you for making them feel so welcome!! Thank you!!

To my sweet blogging buddies – I’ll stop by soon to see what’s been going on with you! But I’ll not be stopping by as much as I was before. For the well being of my family I’ve got to let go of my daily visits and move to more weekly visits (that’s something else I learned during my break). I hope you understand! Love you guys, bunches! ♥ Michelle

{ 21 comments }

Shell

We missed you, but I’m glad you had a good break!

I would love to do a bible study with you, if we could find a time that worked for us both…would you be interested in that?

Here’s hoping your ficus tree is adjusting and not dropping any new leaves this week. ;)

SomeGirl

Oh, that would be GREAT! Maybe one afternoon after school or even Thursday morning if our other coffee goers wanted to do one, too. :)

Thank you, btw, my leaves are feeling much more secure this week! ;)

Natalie

Welcome back! You were missed :)

Before I forget, my Bible Study recommendation would be Beth Moore’s Believing God. So, so good and life changing!!!

I totally understand moving the weekly visits. I’ve had to do a lot of that, too. I even made myself a schedule- because I’m crazy like that- and so I would not miss anyone :)

SomeGirl

Thank you, Natalie! I’ll have to check into that one. I’ve done other Beth Moore studies and really enjoyed them. Thanks for the suggestion! And thanks for understanding and being encouraging in the weekly visits! It’s good to know others understand! :)

Jennifer Davis

I totally understand the weekly visits; you’ve probably noticed that’s about the schedule I’m on, too! It’s impossible to do everything really well, so I have to pick that which is most important.

I really enjoyed your analogy of the ficus tree versus the ivy. I have a long way to go….

My husband and I are leading a small group, and we’re using “Scouting the Divine” by Margaret Feinberg. She met with a shepherdess, beekeeper, vintner, and farmer to gain insight into the allusions in Scripture regarding sheep, honey, wine, and the land. It’s really interesting! There is a book and workbook.

Have a great week!

SomeGirl

Oooh, that sounds like a good study! Thanks for sharing it! And it’s good to know I’m not alone in weekly visits… you’re so right about it being impossible to do everything well and the need to pick what’s important. It’s great to know others understand! Thank you! ♥

Charity

I love the ficus vs. ivy analogy. I am very much a ficus too! But we are settling into our school year and I think I am adjusting fairly well. I echo the Beth Moore recommendations; I also like Jen Hatmaker. Hope you find one that suits you!

SomeGirl

I’ll have to check into Jen Hatmaker… never heard of her before. Thanks for sharing that! :) I hope you continue to adjust well, the beginning is always the hardest for us ficus trees! ;)

michelle

I’ve had this window open all day waiting for me to comment!
Ok, I finally understand why I could never keep a ficus tree healthy! Let me know if you find a good Bible study. I need one, too.
(I’m surprised you were able to keep up daily commenting this long!)
welcome back!
m :)

SomeGirl

How funny! I’ve done that many times before (even made it to another day with the windows waiting). I’ll let you know if I find a good one… maybe I’ll even blog about it and see if others want to do the same study, then discuss it here, on FB or on Twitter one day a week… could be fun/encouraging! (no link ups, just discussion for those who are interested)

Btw, thanks for always being so supportive! ♥ {HUGS} ♥

Stacey

Love these Michelle! Isn’t it cool when you can step back and see everything a little more clearly? I have heard it said, and know it to be true for me, that if you are planning to home school for the long haul, a break once per week will go far to refresh your soul! Marathon vs. sprinting is key!

See you soon,
Stacey

SomeGirl

That’s a great idea… a break once a week to refresh! And I love the idea of marathon mentality over sprinting mentality (a true benefit of homeschooling vs traditional “get it all done by May” school). Thanks, Stacey!

Jennifer

I’m so glad you had a wonderful break! I understand the “getting in the routine” craziness. I hope things settle down for both of us soon.

Hugs!

~Jennifer

SomeGirl

Thank you, Jennifer! Here’s to settling down in the near future! :) Hugs to you, too! ♥

aplaceforthoughts

I’m glad your back, Michelle. And, yes, your guest bloggers were fabulous. Keep us posted on the bible study. I believe I need one as well. I’ve never had a fiscus. It sounds as if that is a good thing! ;)

SomeGirl

I’ll definitely keep you posted! Maybe I’ll even blog about the study I find and see if others want to have a virtual Bible study online… that could be fun! :)

Yeah, there’s probably a reason there are so many fake ficus trees around instead of real ones. ;)

aplaceforthoughts

A virtual Bible study could work for me! :)

Deb Chitwood @ Living Montessori Now

I’m so happy you had a great break, Michelle – and it’s GREAT to have you back! Not that your guest bloggers weren’t wonderful! Here’s hoping you find the rhythm that works well through the year with enough consistency and regular breaks to keep your “ficus” happy and healthy.

SomeGirl

Thank you, Deb! ♥

Kelly

Hi, Michelle! I had to repost your #9 ficus tree analogy! It is so perfect!!

http://ourordinaryday.wordpress.com/2010/09/24/im-a-ficus-too/

SomeGirl

I LOVE it! Here’s to being more ivy like! :)

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