As I sat thinking about how to begin this entry the song with the lyrics "back in the saddle again" began reeling in my mind, though I don't think I have ever heard the entire song but only a clip from a movie scene that I don't recollect at this time. Funny how the mind works and remembers and at the same time doesn't. Never the less this week we hopped back in the saddle again, beginning a new school year, leaping forward from the last with little reprieve.
The girls completed last years assignments the last week of August, as they spread out their vacation days throughout the year. We spent Labor Day weekend here with my parents who came for their own mini-vaca. It was a time of great fellowship with one another, shopping, eating, and resting. But all things must end at some time. Monday came and my parents went. Tuesday arrived without a skip in the beat and Chris was painting a porch, I stayed home handing out new text books and assignments, and the girls were back to school again.
Ariana, my 16 year old, is finishing her high school requirements this year, with a minimal work load. She is glad to be done with science and math while enjoying a second semester of a cooking course, rhetoric, government and economics, and modern history and literature. We are encouraging her to take some college courses as time comes available, either during the second semester or summer session. They do grow so quickly as my grandfather always said and the idea of her graduating is still quite surreal. We take one day at a time as we work to figure out her next steps, understanding that she does not plan on investing much time college bound. She is considering college courses to advance her knowledge in writing but her utmost desire is to be a wife and mother. We can only wait and see and trust in God and his guidance.
Taylor, my spunky 12 year old, is now in 7th or maybe its 8th grade. One of the dilemmas of homeschooling is never really knowing what grade your child is in because they are a year ahead in some things, or not. Taylor likes to remind me that she takes 8th grade courses. So be it. Last year she began Omnibus, an intense history, literature, and theology course, which she did quite well in. We continue to work on maturity in writing and look forward to seeing her progress in her second year of Omnibus. She is also taking pre-Algebra, logic, and a general science course which she is excited about. She loves the experiments and is nature bound.
Our week went off without a hitch. While public school kids were waiting for Thursday to start their first day, Ariana and Taylor were in full swing. There were no highs or lows, no melt downs either. Just simply doing what is a normal day in our home.
....the adventure goes on.