It’s been a great week! Last week I officially launched the blog, had a great evening out with Eric and discovered we may have an unwelcome visitor in the RV.
First to those who showed your support, thank you! It so nice to know that as we travel we will covered in prayer. And that many of you are interested in following our travels. One question many asked is, “where are we”? Currently, we are still living in the Austin area. Eric has one project that needs to finalize before we can start our adventure. So, we are still waiting for the details; hopefully soon. We are in a nice RV park that feels like being in the country, but still close to all the amenities, including my favorite craft stores. We were hoping to set out in March for Arizona, but we will keep you posted. If things are not all squared away with Eric’s project at work, we will probably go back to South Padre Island, since it is where the crazy idea began in the first place, and all of us enjoy going there.
Eric is so thoughtful! For Valentine’s Day, he bought me a lovely dress, shawl, and tickets to the Austin Ballet. About once per quarter our church offers “date night”, where the youth can earn money for summer camp and parents can enjoy an evening child free, with relatively inexpensive child care. We enjoyed a quiet evening that started with dinner at a Mediterranean restaurant with really tasty humus, then went to the ballet and ended with strawberry limeades from Sonic. I wish we would have taken pictures, but we were too busy enjoying each others company.
Unfortunately, around 4 o’clock in the morning, we were awakened to tapping and scratching sounds in the wall near our heads. It was very unsettling. We haven’t been able to identify for sure what was there; Eric has set 16 traps and nothing. I think we’ll be calling an exterminator. From what we have heard, this is not abnormal in RVs, but it is one of the more unpleasant of our RV experiences so far. We’ll keep you updated.
Despite being very exhausted due to the unidentified noise, I can still say it has been a good week.
I am finally launching the blog. I know there is not much to it now, but hopefully over the next months it will become a wonderful space of memories, encouragement and inspiration as we start traveling.
I have been putting this off for months. I gave myself deadline after deadline, but I just decided now or never.
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Last night I was going through and organizing work books and making sure I had some sort of game plan, but recognizing the need for a go with the flow attitude. I was anxious and excited about this next step toward full-time living. We opted not to go with a specific curriculum because we want our travel to dictate more of what we learn so the experience helps to solidify the knowledge. We found a few workbooks at our local teacher supply store and will use those to gain a better understanding of where each child is academically.
Throughout my time as mother I have home-schooled one or two children, but never all five of them at once. I was definitely nervous, why I have no idea. I have been to school and to university and graduated. I have learned a lot of things, but realize there is still much I do not know.
I set my alarm for 7:00 am, read my Bible, perused Facebook, got up, washed my face, got dressed and made my bed, all without being interrupted by my 5 beautiful children. I knew if I wanted the chance of a good day, I needed to have myself together first. The children were waking up as my hopefully new routine was ending and then noise began. Anticipation filled the RV as we finished up breakfast.
As I passed out the workbooks, the children were apprehensive, yet eager to see what this unfamiliar home-school had in store for them. Most with bright eyes and smiles worked through the earmarked pages; with fist bumps, high fives and hugs we celebrated each completed page. Two were so not so enthusiastic as they struggled through their assignments. They saw the joy others had, and longed for the same feeling of accomplishment. The exasperated sighs let me know that some adjustments will need to be made. But we worked through the difficulties and made it to the end.
Today cemented in my mind that all children learn differently and there is not a one size fits all solution. My children’s abilities range from special needs to gifted and talented and each child requires something different. I feel so blessed to have to opportunity to give them what they need. I can’t wait to see what the future holds.
So today, was a successful day.