I need a nap…guess it will be on a plane

February and March were wonderfully slow months for us. We really didn’t have much going on in regards to extra stuff on the calendar. Basketball season wrapped up. It was cold and I hibernate. They were two slow, easy-going, chill months. And then April hit.

Things are fast and furious around here. We are wrapping up our school year with our homeschool community. Three of my kids have huge memory challenges they are working towards. For those familiar with CC, I’ve got 2 doing Memory Master, 1 doing Grand Master (his second time to do it) and 2 doing Grammar Master. (Corbett is in Challenge)Β 

I won’t try to describe what all that is, other than to say our days are feeling SO LONG. I’m tired. They are tired. There have been lots of tears (from kids and mom). It isn’t a required thing for them to do the challenge, but I know they can each do it…we do it each year. Of course, the content of what they are learning is important to me, but the process is really why we are doing it. I want them to learn they can do hard things. I want them to know how to push past the desire to quit when everything in them wants to give up. I want them to learn to look at a mountain and not turn around, but realize they can climb it one step at a time. Perseverance. Grit. Determination. Fight.

My boys have all been forever changed by this process. My older daughter is experiencing it for her first time this year.Β Last week was full of tears for her. This week she is beginning to laugh and smile as she realizes she CAN DO IT! What a gift as a parent to watch it all play out. What a gift it is to see her brothers rally around her and cheer her on as she tackles each subject.

I am covered in maps, flash cards, kids and a dog all day. My youngest, on the other hand, is often found chilling in the hammock while the rest of us study. I’m trying really hard not to be jealous.
By the end of next week, the memory challenge will be over.

In the back of my mind I keep thinking, “I need to prepare for China.” I mentioned it on Instagram, but I don’t think I’ve share it here. We are headed to China! We board the plane the first of May and won’t be coming home until mid-July. 10 weeks in China!!

I’ll share more about why we are going and how we are going later. That is a big post to write and my mind can only deal with so much right now. Finish up school with kids and then plan to move to China for a couple months!

I need a nap. I guess it will have to wait for the plane!
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  • Oceana | Maps + Mandalas - Wow I had no idea that your trip to China was so long! Looking forward to hearing all about it!!

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  • erin - China! What an adventure! I can’t wait to follow along. We traveled to Taiwan with our kids in December and can’t wait to go back.

  • JenW - I would love to hear your approach on encouraging the kids not to quit when it gets hard. It’s a lesson that my 7yo struggles with a LOT! I can only say I know he can do it (whatever it is) so many times…how do you get the kid to get out of their own way enough so see a glimmer of belief that they can do it?

  • jenw - I would love to hear your approach on encouraging the kids not to quit when it gets hard. It’s a lesson that my 7yo struggles with a LOT! I can only say I know he can do it (whatever it is) so many times…how do you get the kid to get out of their own way enough so see a glimmer of belief that they can do it?

  • Dana Marshall - I so needed to read this — I’m a CPA just a couple years into my career and “busy season” is NO JOKE. I read your blog when I need mental breaks from tax returns & financial statements (slash when I am daydreaming about being a cool mom of loads of kids that still does crossfit πŸ˜‰ )

    So thank you for the reminder that is it good to push through things that are hard. Learning perseverance and endurance is not an easy road, but it is something the Lord wants to teach us and will help us persevere and push through things that are hard in the future.

    so thanks, you rock. i think you’re cool. fist bump.

  • susie - wow! 10 weeks! I hope you can blog every day there, it will be fun to read the blog.

  • Mindy - Wow. Memory masters all around. We’re finishing our third year of Foundations and haven’t done MM yet. No excuse, we need to do it next year. Is this something you require each year? Any tips?

  • Diane H - I am not familiar with memory masters but am so pleased to report that my homeschool children, a senior and an 8th grader both recited the complete book of James! Chapters 1-5!!! Starting at 1 and not stopping til the last verse of chapter 5. We do Bible memory each morning before we start our day. Usually doing 3 new verses a week and continuing to add onto the passage. It is worth it to hide God’s word in our hearts!

  • Torey - This is our 3rd year in CC and I’ve never heard of Grammar Master? I’ve only ever heard of Memory Master and Mega Memory Master (which I think is the same thing as Grand Master (all 3 cycles). Can you explain what Grammar Master is?

  • Tiffany - I want them to know how to push past the desire to quit when everything in them wants to give up. I want them to learn to look at a mountain and not turn around, but realize they can climb it one step at a time. Perseverance. Grit. Determination. Fight. – Inspirational words today, sharing with a family member who needs to hear them too. Have a good weekend!

  • Laura Kate McKee - I began reading your blog when you were in china waiting to meet Little One. Your story was one of many little things that bent our hearts toward adoption over the years. Well, we leave May 12 to go and bring home our Chinese son! We’ll be in Guangzhou May 14-26. My email address is laurakate.mckee@gmail.com – I’d love to swap travel/adoption stories. Also, my husband and I have lived in China so we may be able to help if you have questions about some of the places you are visiting.