Steady Eddie and the girls are gone this afternoon to set up for a training for his job, the DLM is asleep, and I have spent some quality time already in reading, journaling, praying, and napping, and now I’m ready to work on the ol’ blog. First, though, I want to clear my brain of all the stuff whirling around up there, in hopes that it will result in more clarity when I get down to reviewing some books. Here’s what I’m thinking about today:
- How to make the most of my time in terms of balancing all the demands I face as a homeschooling mother (not to mention all the other things I try to do at home: cooking, minimal cleaning, keeping the laundry going, etc.) and still have a little bit of time to do the other things I enjoy. This is called “sharpening the saw” in 7 Habits lingo, and it’s really, really important for me, but my saw doesn’t get sharpened some days (weeks, even), and I really feel it. I can’t go without sleep, so how do I “make” time for the other things that are important?
- How to have a consistent spiritual life. I’ll admit this has been a struggle for me
since the DLM was bornfor a really long time. It’s either boom or bust with me. It’s not that I don’t read my Bible or pray; it’s just that I don’t feel like I’ve done it “right” unless it’s involved and passionate. Sometimes, though, it just has to be “done”–not “right,” not “passionate,” just done. However, it still must be heartfelt, or I don’t feel like I’ve made any progress or done anything worthwhile. How can I find the balance between going through the motions and something that completely sweeps me away and makes me want to run off to the inner city and start a ministry? I want to walk with God consistently in the small things here at home, and more than that, I want to (as Eric Lidell put it), “feel His pleasure” in my life as I serve Him. Thoughts, anyone?
- I’m still reading The Narnian on my Kindle and enjoying it, but it’s a slow go. It’s not that the book is too dense or arcane; I think it’s more that I feel like I’m reading more than I am because I “turn the page” on the Kindle (because of its small size) more often than I would actually turn the page in a real book, so I’m not making as much progress as I think I am while I’m reading. Too, I’ve been sidetracked by other things–the internet (boo! hiss!), and as of last night, another Kindle book–The 10 Habits of Happy Mothers by Dr. Meg Meeker. I first read about it on Elizabeth Foss’s blog, and last night I just hopped online at Amazon and bought myself a copy, just like that. (Amazing, huh?) There’s nothing earth shattering in this little volume (at least, so far), but it’s like a good shot in the arm for my mothering, a skill set that I’m finding tried and tested as my girls get older and I’m faced with another toddler. (Who, by the way, started taking more than one step in succession last night at my parents–watch out, world!)
- Charlotte Mason dominates my thoughts. Like Janet mentioned in the comments on last Weekly Wrap-Up post, the CM method “seems a bit gentler and more flexible. . .and somehow more wholehearted than so centered on training the mindmindmind.” I couldn’t have said it better. Like I mentioned in that same post, I’m really looking forward to hearing Sonya Shafer next weekend and trying to nail down what this is going to look like in our homeshcool. I’m also inspired by Jimmie @ Jimmie’s Collage, whose posts are so practical and concise. This recent one on narration was just something I needed to read. Of course, Barb @ Harmony Art Mom and Handbook of Nature Study is someone I consider a real mentor, since she has put these methods into practice for so many years now. I have a vision of what I want my children’s education to look like, and Charlotte Mason’s teachings approximates it very closely.
- I need to get back into a regular routine of menu planning and grocery shopping. For too long now we’ve just gone to the grocery store by necessity, more or less. I want to be more organized!
The DLM is stirring, so the rest of my thoughts will just have to keep a-swirlin’, I guess. If you have a suggestion for any of the issues I’m contemplating, please, do share!
Have a blessed Sunday evening, friends!