We didn't get much school done today. The children decided we need to get on the ball and prepare for Advent. In the process, they found an old electric train and set it up. And we found the Advent wreath. We even purchased candles already ! (As opposed to the Saturday night before .)
When I started wearing skirts, it was helpful to me to SEE how it worked out for other moms living a life similar to mine. I thought I would try to have the kids take some pictures this week as I go about my work.
The disclaimer is that my wonderful, older house is a work in progress and, like everyone else, we do have a busy, sometimes chaotic household. There just MIGHT be messes and piles in the pictures. Also I have had seven children. I could look a little frumpy. I am not posting pictures to show how elegant skirts can look, someone else will have to do that. I am just showing how it works out for me. (I know ironing in a skirt is no big deal, but it's part of my Monday routine and people laugh because I really enjoy ironing. So I threw in an ironing picture.)
When we moved here five years ago it was a rough adjustment. We left the city I grew up in, where my roots spread far and wide. I rarely went anywhere without running into someone I knew. I was familiar with all the back streets and shortcuts. Our children had third generation friends.
Certainly, we have grown strong roots in the Catholic homeschooling community here. However, since our children are not in the local schools and we are not in a neighborhood, it is taking longer to feel as if we have roots in the larger community.
I realize anywhere we live in this life is our temporary home and heaven is our real home. But I did not like being transplanted. OK, our move was only about half an hour from my childhood city, but still...
Last night there was a 5K run and Christmas parade in our 'new' downtown. Kevin and Kevin J. ran the 3.1 mile race. I was so proud of them. Kevin finished at a decent time, a very respectable pace of 9:40/mile. His time improves with each race. Kevin J. came in with the top, seasoned runners (8:05/mile). He finished 286th out of about 1200 runners, 320 finishers ahead of his father. He looks effortless when he runs. With his long stride, imagine how he would finish if he actually trained!
I digress. As we were cheering our runners, we saw and cheered for some friends who were running also. Then a lady with her dogs came over so our children could pet the dogs. She was actually excited that we have many children. The couple sitting next to us were very kind and friendly as well. As the parade began we were unexpectedly joined by dear friends from way back in Kevin's childhood, there with their sweet, little granddaughter. They were most enthusiastic about our family and homeschooling.
Driving home, though the traffic was bad no matter what I did, I knew the back streets and shortcuts to take.
We must be putting down roots. It just takes longer for them to grow than I expected.
Our old friends are back. Each year on the day after Thanksgiving we get out the box of Christmas books. They are like old friends and we all greet them joyously. I did ask the children to move closer together for the picture, but this is what they looked like for a good deal of time after the box came up from storage.