Quite literally every second of this day was filled with busyness. A couple of days ago I finished the school work I had to get done with our two oldest. And I'm talking about for last "school year". Yes, we were finishing that. Giving birth to our sixth child and then fighting off my seemingly never-ending skin infection put us behind. When I told our daughters that we had to catch up, they wanted to spend nearly every spare moment they had working on their school work. They worked hard. I worked hard too.
Over the weekend I read up on what I needed to do for my "new" 3rd and 2nd grader. Our 3rd child would also be continuing her kindergarten lessons. When she was four, she started reading on her own and was so zealous to begin school like her sisters that my husband told me to go ahead and start her kindergarten work with her. I wasn't entirely enthused about this because in just a short time from then I would be welcoming child number six into our home. I knew my days would be filled with nursing, diapers, and more nursing. The inevitable break post-childbirth took place, and we got a bit behind. Then I had all the health problems and we got further behind. I told our now five year old that she would have to wait on school until I got her older sisters caught up. She was devastated.
From what my lesson plans said, I would need at least four hours to dedicate to our schooling every day, and that did not include kindergarten. Previously, I had only squeezed in three hours for homeschooling with all my other responsibilities. Panic started to settle in. My schedule was packed full already. And I am always interrupted during the day. Mr. Q had said that if the children got behind again this year, he would send them to public school. Neither I nor the children want that. What was I going to do? I thought of making a blog post with my schedule, asking for your help and ideas.
I silently prayed.
I pleaded with the Lord.
Can I have a 25 hour day?
But no, God in His wisdom decided to give everyone 24 hours, including me.
Then slowly a couple of ideas came to me how I could "make another hour". I don't know how it's going to turn out. I only got to the dirty dishes at one time today--after dinner. But...I have faith that as I work diligently and keep trusting the Lord, He will strengthen me to do the tasks set before me.
Today we got through our whole first day of 3rd and 2nd grades, and our 5 year old continued on with the kindergarten she had been doing previously. I think it literally took almost all day. And all afternoon our 5 year old bawled her head off. Do you know why? Because she had already done school for the day, but had not had enough. She wanted to do more. I told her Tomorrow, Dear. Still she continued bawling. Oh, but it is good to have children who love having you teach them so much, I guess.
Yes, I am exhausted. I will be heading to bed very soon.
May God grant you the wisdom to use the time He has given you, well,