Life continues to change at a rapid pace and derailing even the best laid plans. It’s been awhile since I last wrote – here’s a little glimpse at what’s been happening in our corner of the world.
The kids are experiencing some growing pains – and nobody is feeling it more than mama. Friendships have evolved into something more, the opposite sex is suddenly being noticed and there doesn’t seem to be a class I can take for navigating the teen years. Somehow I thought the toddler years were going to be the hardest and that once I had moved past those, it would be fairly simple. Silly me. It takes time to consider my words and deliver them with wisdom and patience all the while hoping they are still willing to listen to my advice.
Our oldest gave us a bit of a health scare requiring doctor’s appointments with specialists over the course of several weeks. The good news is that he is going to be just fine. We did discover that his heart has a slight imperfection but nothing that we need to worry about at this point.
The school year should be wrapping up but we have made some decisions that will require summer school around here. Additionally, our oldest is taking a course at the local community college to get a jump start on some college credit. Getting that all squared away involved more time than I anticipated. Again, I suddenly feel lost at this stage of life. They are growing up so fast and what seemed like something in the far off in the distance is now staring at me clearly in the windshield. I can’t help but feeling like the rhythm we’d just found is shifting quickly and I need to find my footing once again.
In an effort to maintain the various areas of my life, I’ve begun a new schedule which seems fairly rigid but is actually providing some unexpected freedom. Getting up at 5 am was never something I thought I’d ever willingly do but it is proving beneficial. Keeping up with the house has become a lot easier and the reward of a fairly mess-free existence is very motivating. After about three solid weeks of de-cluttering, organizing and simplifying, life is less overwhelming.
We are learning to eat differently. While we do eat a lot of our own healthy, homegrown food; we have been eating too much. In January I began changing my habits and have subsequently lost twenty-five pounds. To avoid this becoming another diet where I end up putting the weight right back on and to help everyone make healthier choices, it became my mission to change what and how the family eats. Running has also become part of my routine and we are all giving more time to exercise. Meal prepping looks different now and I hope to share some of my strategies with you.
It’s spring on the farm! If you’re a homesteader, you know exactly what I mean. Although we have experienced some frustrating weather, cold snaps and rain for days at a time, it seems spring has finally arrived. Getting the gardens ready has consumed quite a few days and I am excited to say we are almost done planting. There are a few more things to go in the big garden and the raspberry bushes definitely need some tending (thistles are officially public enemy number one). It’s hard to believe that soon we will be putting up the first cutting of hay.
Lastly, I’m learning to rest. It’s something I have struggled with for years but maybe my age is slowing me down on it’s own. My soul needs some time to just exist. Soaking up the sunshine on the deck or enjoying a nap on the couch is finally something I allow myself guilt-free. It’s really sinking in that there is a season for everything; I’m actually more productive if I’ve had some time to unwind.
Life moves at the speed of sound most of the time but it’s important that we enjoy the fruits of our labor. Perhaps it’s a homemade dinner provided from your hard work or a relaxing evening walk with your significant other. Maybe it’s taking time to play a game with the kids while the dishes wait. I will likely never be as productive as I secretly hope to be or conquer this twenty acres of my corner of the world but that’s not really the point. I want be sure I’m not striving toward your future goals so intently I forget to count my blessings. It’s really sinking in that these years are precious and all too soon the kids will be out on their own. The quiet will become deafening and things that suddenly seemed so important will be insignificant. My world is here and now.