Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel, rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.

1 Peter 3:3-4







Friday, May 13, 2011

Seasons Come, and Seasons Go

As I sit in the library at my church, my three students are several floors above me taking their end-of-the-year assessment tests.   I walked around the house last night, trying to get them all to go to bed so that they would be rested, alert and ready to prove that they really have been schooled this year, and my eyes rested upon The Bookshelf.

The Bookshelf is a tall, wooden shelf that houses the majority of our "school books", and each year at this time, I tackle the task of sorting through the old to make room for the new.  I happily moved many textbooks and workbooks to the "done with that" shelf, and pulled and moved other books to the "using right now" shelf.  We school year round, and it is with much happiness that I put those textbooks and workbooks away(except for a few that we hope to finish up quickly) to make room for what I jokingly refer to as "Funner School", not "Summer School"!  "Funner School" takes place amidst all the normal summer activities, and is just the name I have applied to the fact that we continue to  learn ~ away from the drudgery of the textbooks and workbooks we use during the "regular" school year.  Keeping them busy with mostly unit study activities actually makes for a happier summer, much less "I'm bo-o-ored!", plus doing a little Math and Language Arts each week keeps it fresh and eliminates much review time in the fall......and gives us a little more freedom the rest of the year to take days off when needed. =)

But, back to the bookshelf...........

As I pulled not only books I intend to use this summer, I also pulled books we no longer need.  These are the books that make me wistful, reminders of some of the most enjoyable years we've had in our homeschooling journey.  My babies aren't babies anymore, and much of the very hands-on, fun-filled learning curriculum and games have had to be passed over for those textbooks and workbooks that get the job done in the midst of the crazy/busy/hectic/growing-up/Mom's-working-a-lot-more-now/we-have-more-obligations-now life we lead.  The middle-schooler's subjects are harder and take longer to complete and there's only so much time in every day to get everything done.

Our season has changed.

It is a little sad.  I miss the freedom we had in the younger years.  I miss the time we had to do the things we wanted to do just because we could (not that we don't now ~ there's just less of it).

But while it is sad on one hand, on the other it is good.  All seasons are good if you choose to see them that way.  Different, but still good.

My children are more independent now, but they still need me......and still want me.  Right there.  With them, learning with them, and growing with them. ♥  It's the way of our lives, this homeschooling life ~ and no matter the season, no matter the busy-ness, no matter the fatigue, I wouldn't trade it for the world.  Because one day, a day that will come sooner than I expect, they won't need me anymore....not the way that they do now.  So I will cherish this Season as I cherished the ones past......and do my best to prepare my heart and theirs for the ones to come.

I've done a lot of trial-and-error the past couple of years ~ and a lot of thinking, pondering and praying about how to balance all that God has given me in this Season.  I think I'm starting to see some small fruit develop in my determination to follow my 1st calling, while I step out in faith, making time for the things that will continue to allow me to do so.  Finding time to do it all can be quite the challenge.....how good to know that He gives the manna I need.  That it's not up to me and that as long as my heart and works are set on Him, His blessings and provision will follow.  Those days when I feel I can't do it all and sometimes am sure that I have failed at everything (silly me!), He promises to make something meaningful and fruitful of what I see as a mess.

How appropriate that I came across Faith Barista's blog recently, and today I think she wrote an entry for me without knowing it. ; )

Just as I have given him the Seasons of the past, I give Him the Season of today, and give Him the Season of tomorrow.  For now, for this summer......I will sew, I will teach, we will learn for fun, we will work, we will worship, and we will PLAY.  In different ways than the sweet "little" years gone by.......but in ways sure and certain to be just as beautiful.  Because they are His, and anything that is His can be nothing but.



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11 comments:

Rose @ Walnut Acre said...

Beautifully written. This is something that I often find myself thinking of as I look at my oldest two (14 and 12) and remember when they were the age of my third child (4). It's bittersweet, and I keep reminding myself that each season is good. :-)

The Paper Princess said...

Dear Jill

I love your blog and your writing! You have such a beautiful way with words! Thanks for joining me at Create With Joy - I'm delighted to follow you back!

Ramona
http://create-with-joy.com

Kathy Detweiler said...

I tell people their is one constant in life and that is life is always changing. Thank God for the seasons he gives us! You put it so beautifully!
Following you from the blog hop.Hope you'll stop by my blog :)
http://fulltimeadventure.blogspot.com/

Clayton Thomas said...

Following from the hop. Seasons do change but with change comes new hope and opportunity. I really hope all of us can enjoy the ride! "Liked" your Facebook page and look forward to keeping up.

Clayton
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Jessica Warrick said...

itt has been nice reading about your home schooling journey. im your newest follower form the monday blog hop with makobi scribes.. please follow back at http://punkrockmomma.com

Bonnie Gray said...

Hi Jill, it takes faith to follow God through the seasons and faith to share it through words. Thank you for sharing yours with us in the faith jam! Blessings to you as you step out in your encouraging words.

Lisa notes... said...

Oh, I know what you mean, Jill. My youngest is entering her senior year in the fall, and I still have so many books on our homeschool shelves that are no longer for this season. It's hard to let go of them, but I pray I will so they can bless someone else in their season.

Nikole Hahn said...

Great blog! Welcome to Faith Barista!

A Joyful Noise said...

Lovely thoughts on seasons. Each season in life is different and we must often change with it. God never changes and we can always count on Him

Bonnie Gray said...

Hi Jill, Happy to see this again and to be reminded of your wonderful writing and heart. Keep going on this path of motherhood and finding time for your calling, friend!

Jill said...

Bonnie, I seriously didn't mean to link up a repeat post! {blushing} This is what happens when I have a migraine and too many windows open at the same time, I suppose....oops!! ;)