Thursday, January 15, 2009

Back to School

As you can imagine, it has been rough going with homeschool last week after Maverys procedure. We began to think about the upcoming surgery, and we began to panic. We knew it would mean at least 2 weeks off of school, if not more. Now, I am laid back about our schooling, and missing here and there does not throw me off. That is one thing I love about being home, I do not set a deadline for us to be done, we just do as we need. However, between traveling to China then these times we will need for Mavery, it is getting harder. Mark suggested public school but that still did not sit right with me and now seems a bad time to start in a brand new school. If my children are going to be in the public school, I want to be IN the school to, if that makes sense. And obviously there is no way that can happen right now.


So add this stress of school to the stress of surgery, on top of the stress of taking care of 2 toddlers, it has been rough.


Our parents, both sides, came up with a solution for us. They are sending our children back to Victory Christian School. For this year. A place where we are all comfortable and know. A place I have no fears about and a place that will pray with us through this hard time.


We are humbled and both of us have been in tears for their sacrifice to do this to help us. I know it is not easy for them, but they have once again embraced us and just stepped in where we really need it. My dad, who has been bringing Malaine home, will now bring all 3 home. He even drives over to get her on his days off, or my mom will go so I do not have to mess up naptime here. Yep, we are spoiled.
The kids, of course are excited. Though a little nervous about homework and schedules and things like that! We had them tested this week, and thankfully they are still letting them back! hehe!
And while I am excited and know that for now this is the best solution, I am a little sad. I know to some it sounds crazy, but I enjoy my children being home, I feel better when they are close by. And I still believe in all the reasons that I brought them home for in the first place. I think that God has called us to have them home, so part of me struggles with sending them out. While there have been MANY days I have questioned if I am equipped to do this, He has confirmed over and over that I am. While there have been days I think it is ruining the relationship between Makenna and I, I have also seen it grow and strengthen. She has changed so much since being home, and really for the better.


But, with 2 toddlers in the house and one who is going to need ALL my time coming up, I know that this is just for the best right now. Since Maverys heart cath, she has gone back to velcro baby, like when we got home from China. She hangs on my leg, she hangs on to my pockets as I walk, she sits on my lap when I sit to teach. And I don't want to sound like I am complaining, but sometimes, you just want to potty in private! I know that this is only going to get worse after surgery. I feel as if I just have to give to the little ones right now all my attention during the day. And try to keep my sanity in the process.



So, next week, back to school for the oldest 2. Malaine has done great and is enjoying kindergarten. Victory is small, so there is just one class per grade. Makenna and Sawyer are both excited to be back with their friends. I am sure they are secretly crying tears about leaving their mom! Yeah right! ;0)

8 comments:

Shawnstribe said...

Oh Shannon
i take my hat off to you, home schooling is hard, rewarding yes, but very demanding on you.
I'm so glad God has given you this gift for this season in your life.
Thank you Jesus : )
xxx
s

Shawnstribe said...

Oh Shannon
i take my hat off to you, home schooling is hard, rewarding yes, but very demanding on you.
I'm so glad God has given you this gift for this season in your life.
Thank you Jesus : )
xxx
s

Mom to my China Posse said...

Thats awesome news! kathy

paula said...

Everyday you amaze and inspire me. You are doing such an awesome job raising your children and it's no wonder God chose you. I am praying with you and for you and you are truly and inspiration and blessing to me.

Love,
Paula

Stephanie said...

That is such a blessings Shannon. I have wondered how the schooling was going but always forgot to ask!
Give it a day or so and you will enjoy the "quiet".
Praying for Mavery's surgery.
Believing, Stephanie

Finally a Family of Four said...

I am so happy for you all. I think that sending will be beneficial to all of you.
Keep your chin up--- you are such a great mom.
Renee

Anonymous said...

I can imagine the what Makenna and Sawyer said when you told them! I'm sure you have not done this without praying about it first and I know that both parents are more than happy to help out. Once grandkids come along, it's really all about them - I KNOW! I wish them all the best and I know that they will enjoy it. I'm sure Sage and Mavery will keep you busy enough.

deb

annaliese said...

sorry to have missed this news--internet issues still plaguing us--but praying now for this transition back to school life--it sounds like you have lots of help and that is awesome :)