Monday, August 10, 2009

Ch..Ch..Changes...

Have I mentioned before that I'm not a creature who embraces change?? Please give me my rut...I'm actually quite happy there, thankyouverymuch!!!

We begin our school year today. We have always "began" the school year the Monday after my birthday....yes, last Friday was my b'day..the big 45!!! hmmmm.....50 didn't seem so real until last Friday.......

Anyway...the changes....

This year, I only have one 'student'. I'm only sitting at the table or on the couch with one child. I only have one grade level to focus on. Since graduating DD in May....it's just me and DS this year.....and if you think I'm being pitiful this year, just wait till next year when I have NO 'students' !!!!!!!!!

Really...this is the oddest thing for me. We have been homeschooling 11 years now--this year begins our 12th--and it's always been the 3 of us with DH stepping in now and then. It's been field trips and adventures. It's been balancing schedules and schoolwork. It's been crazy!!!! And now...it's like, "What am I suppose to do with only one!!" .........

Ahhhh...I guess when he rolls out of the bed, we'll do like always: he'll groan about bookwork (he's a very hands on guy!!) I'll remind him that I'm the best teacher he could ever have, he'll smile that wicked little smile of his and say, "Then I'm in BIG trouble!!". I'll whack him on the behind and we'll get started.

He only has 3 subjects this year: economics, American Lit and Bible....such a light load and not much help will be needed from dear ole' mom.

Am I having a pity party? Am I feeling sorry for myself? Do I want your sympathy? YES!!!!!!!! A resounding YES!!!!!!!!!!! But then I'd love for you to grab up those babies of yours and wrap them up in big hugs and tickle them and laugh and giggle and enjoy every single minute of their growing up.......all too soon you'll be teaching your last student, or sending your baby off to school for the last year and you'll be the one wiping tears over a keyboard and some green tea, thankful that you were SO blessed and wishing you could do it all over again.............

5 comments:

Andrea said...

I am down to ONE student this year and I am actually embracing it and ready to move on to the next adventure. Of course, we still have one more year after this year!

Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

I pray that you adjust quickly and enjoy that one-on-one time you will have this year!

My daughter homeschools her daughter, Mikaela who is 6 and she is adding her 4 year old son, Eli, this year. THAT ought to be interesting...

Collette@Jesuslovesmums said...

Wow I admire you for homeschooling for all that time!! I am sure you will enjoy the one to one teaching with your son. They do grow so quickly don't they?
Collette xxx

Pam D said...

Well, I only have one, so when he's done, that's it! He's my first AND my last, bless his heart. And yes, he's growing waaay too fast. Entering 4th grade, and did not want or need me to go to class with him today (I took pictures at sneak a peek cause I KNEW this would happen!). On one hand, I want to keep him little, and in my control. But on the other, it's like unwrapping a special present, layer by layer, and KNOWING that God's got something really cool up His sleeve! :<)
hugs...

Nanci said...

Like you, I'm a "give me my rut" gal. I'm beginning my tenth year of homeschooling; and like you, I lost my first student (an '09 graduate). She's off to commute to college during the day leaving me with only two students remaining. I'm wondering where the years have gone and thinking how strange it will be to not have her here learning with us this year.

Maybe we should keep each other in prayer.

God bless,