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Changing Tides

Something that, I think, you’d learn about my family when knowing us is that we have the ability to adapt to any situation at hand. It always astounds me how flexible Herman is to any significant change or last minute plan. There is zero chance you will find me happily making last minute plans that require me to prep for the outing…. a “real” outing in my family is anything that requires a hairbrush for the girls, and shoes for Ryder, who am I kidding, for any of them. I’m not a go-with-the-flow type person (which is funny considering the kind of homeschoolers we are) so last minute decisions or even a change of plans rocks me to my core. Do I deal with it? Yeah, sure. But I don’t like it or enjoy it. Like, for example, we’re no longer getting a new vehicle. We decided together (with more than a little pouting from me) that we would wait until next year and use the money saved to pay off debt and possibly dip our toes into some uncharted waters that I’ll talk about when the time comes. Herman is such an adult, and I was totally being “salty” as my sister and her friends would say so you can guess who’s being the bigger person. πŸ˜‰

Monday I took the girls to their very first Girl Scouts meeting; it was more for the parents, but they were so happy to be there! We’re so excited to get started. They’re so excited they ask every day how much longer they have until their first official meeting. Herman and I took the girls out to lunch afterward, and Herman gave his stamp of approval on Scouts, and the girls felt treated since it turned into almost a full day without the boys. It will be quite a change for our family since the girls have never been part of any type of organized activities. It will be good though, I think. I really liked the moms, and the girls told me they enjoyed hanging out with the other girls.


We’re currently in the midst of a deep clean at the house. Our house has suffered greatly from my working. I got their rooms cleaned and put back together how I like them, and I’m purging the rest of the house now. I have a habit of getting wrapped up in the task at hand and sending the kids outside to do their own thing and turning them down when they ask me to join them, but today I took some time and went out to eat lunch with them. While I was wrapped up in a phone call in my bedroom, Ella and Hayden put together a picnic meal, and Lylah put a blanket out in a shady spot in the yard. They were so excited when I got off the phone there was no way I could say no! It is honestly exactly what I needed. Did anything get done while I was out there? No. But, I felt more relaxed and enjoyed the company of the kids.


Right now I’m tying up loose ends here at the house because we’re taking the kids to the beach this weekend. So, be prepared for loads of pictures, and an update on all we learned and enjoyed next week.

So much change is going on right now, and it kinda stresses me out, but the change is only what is going to take us back to what was a typical day for us before I started working and the change that looms on the horizon will be beneficial to our family. Change is hard, but ignoring it is harder.

Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”   George Bernard Shaw

 

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