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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Pouring a Glass of What I've Learned This Summer

I'm so sad that the summer is rapidly coming to a close. We have had one eventful summer! It began with some very unexpected challenges with my son, we had fun in spite of those challenges, and it is coming to a close with the perfect ending. He's making a ton of progress, and I couldn't be happier or more proud of him!

We're in a state of denial and still trying to soak up as much sun and sand as we can before this coming Monday.

On Monday I woke up, made my coffee, looked out the window at the blue sky, and knew I would have to drop everything and take the boys to the beach. My mind clipped to that long list of back-to-school items I needed to cross off, calls I needed to make, appointments I needed set, but instead I loaded the kids up and threw them in the car!

I did not bring my camera.

I left my novel at home.

I grabbed their boogie boards, sand toys, shovel, and our chairs.

I didn't want to be distracted by anything. I wanted to soak up my children and nothing else.

We ended up having such a peaceful morning. We talked, laughed, played...it was wonderful.

They didn't argue. We boogie boarded, layed in the sun, dug in the sand, and enjoyed the morning.

I've been thinking about school starting. Naturally, since I have to plan the lessons, and get ready, but I'm talking about the big picture. What do I want for my boys? What do I want our year to look like?

I find my answer in this passage...

"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you wake up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door frames of your houses and your gates." ~Deuteronomy 6:5-9

That is my goal for the school year. Of course, there are the things that go without saying. Education is extremely important to us. Preparing my boys for the world, middle school, high school, and college are always on my mind. I do not take the job of educating them lightly. But, in the end I want this passage for them. No matter where they are in life, because I know that if I teach them to love God with all of their heart, mind, and soul, they will not stray from His path.

Yes, they'll make mistakes. They will screw up, make the wrong choices at times, but rooted in God's word will enable them to always find their way back.

I've spent hours purchasing, organizing, and planning our curriculum. I've spent hours upon hours over the summer planning lessons. But, God will be at the center of it all! That's how I can expect success for my boys.

What I've learned this summer is this...

1. My expectations are not always God's vision for our lives.

2. Things are never what they seem or what you think.

3. I need to breathe, slow down, and focus.

4. I need to continue to take care of myself. Physically, mentally, and spiritually.

5. I need to have more fun! Time is too precious!

6. I need to die to myself everyday, ask the Lord to fill me up, and equip me.

Because he will!

God has an awesome year planned for us. I just know it!

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17 Comments:

At August 17, 2011 at 3:06 PM , Blogger Jenny said...

What a great outlook you have! I love your list of what your year will look like!

 
At August 17, 2011 at 3:38 PM , Blogger JDaniel4's Mom said...

I love that you dropped everything and went to the beach! It sounds likeit was a blast!

 
At August 17, 2011 at 5:51 PM , Blogger Lizbeth said...

So well said. It's amazing how we can get off track or things can take a turn. Love it!

 
At August 17, 2011 at 7:26 PM , Blogger Sarah said...

Sounds like a wonderful day!

 
At August 17, 2011 at 11:33 PM , Anonymous Donetta said...

What a beautiful post! That verse is my main homeschooling verse - I have several that I like but that's always been the one that spoke to me and told me that I needed to be homeschooling my children.

I enjoyed "visiting" with you through email today! Now that I've got time to sit down and look, I'm enjoying looking at your blog! :)

By the way, I sure wish we were close enough to just load up and go to the beach! lol! Sounds like fun!!

 
At August 18, 2011 at 9:56 AM , Blogger Big D and Me said...

Your son is very lucky to have you as his mom. I was a teacher and can't imagine all the planning and work that goes into homeschooling. You know what's best for him so keep up what your doing.

 
At August 18, 2011 at 10:22 AM , Blogger Shell said...

Your lessons are what I need to remember, too!

I'm glad you had your fun beach day!

Yesterday was the last day that I was going to have all 3 of my boys at home all day, so I blew most everything off(which is why I'm visiting PYHO posts today instead of yesterday) and just had fun with them.

 
At August 18, 2011 at 12:15 PM , Blogger Boobies said...

This is beautiful! And couldn't be more true!

 
At August 18, 2011 at 2:15 PM , Blogger Christine Siracusa said...

Sounds like you're starting the school year with great, clear priorities and a fantastic attitude. Dive in!

 
At August 18, 2011 at 2:20 PM , Blogger Kristen said...

I LOVE this post. I LOVE that verse. I LOVE the goals. Thanks for stopping by. Following now... Kristen @ www.alittlesomethingforme.com

 
At August 18, 2011 at 4:09 PM , Blogger Heather H said...

What a great day and outlook! Sometimes we need to just throw caution to the wind and do something completely spontaneous with our kids! They need it and so do we!

 
At August 18, 2011 at 6:10 PM , Blogger Tiffany said...

I love that passage. I remember my old pastor focusing part of a sermon about it.
Thank you for sharing your reflections from the summer. The boys will do amazing this school year.

 
At August 18, 2011 at 11:48 PM , Blogger Sandra said...

I love EVERYTHING about this post! Beautiful! So glad you had a great day with your kids. And I love the verse you are praying for you kids. And I love everything you've learned this summer. Some I have also learned and some I could stand to learn! Haha! Thanks for pouring your heart out! :) Beautiful post.

 
At August 20, 2011 at 1:06 AM , Blogger Peeper said...

Great list, great day at the beach, great goal for the school year. You've earned those lessons on your list, mama! I'm so glad you're in a better place now than where you were just a couple of months ago!

 
At August 20, 2011 at 1:57 PM , Anonymous Craig said...

Adrienne, this post just kept getting better and better – from the beginning and knowing that summer is running out – grabbing that day with no distractions at the beach with the boys – to the fact that you homeschool your guys – homeschooling moms rock! – The person who loves thrm best is the best person to teach them – your boys are so lucky! And in the end I'm quieted by the Bible verse – and your lessons – Amen to being filled up by the Creator of the universe every day – to be empowered by him – to be in him as he is in us. I kind of walk away refreshed – and inspired – and smiling – job well done! God bless and keep you and each and every one of yours Adrienne.

 
At August 21, 2011 at 10:42 AM , Anonymous Mandi @ My Perfect Mess said...

This was so awesome... and convicting. :) I want to print out your list at the bottom to remind myself of these same things...

 
At August 21, 2011 at 9:46 PM , Blogger Shandal said...

Dang! Good for you! I could never homeschool my kids! That's really cool! :)

 

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