The days seem to slide by. My three year old tries me most days. I've been trying to supply teach and prepare a university application (am I really doing that?) I'm running the primary (children's ministry) of 75 children and 15 teachers/leaders. I joined a community choir and am learning Handel's Messiah for a Christmas concert. Six people worth of laundry, three meals a day, and somehow, somehow trying to stay on top of keeping this place
Colin has seemingly gone from toddler to grade five in the blink of an eye. Grade five was my very favourite year in school, and just watching him move from the lower grades into these upper ones has been neat. At his small school, grade 5/6 is one class, and then 7/8 is one class, both taught by male teachers. They have a greater discipline and higher expectations. The leap has been an adjustment but one he's taken in stride.
Caleb was seen by a speech therapist. We hoped to help correct some misformed sounds. In a surprise twist, we were told that if he sees a specialist they might be able to actually fix his permanently raspy voice. There are no guarantees, but he's happy to explore the option.
Benjamin is still trying to find his place. There are times he and Juliette emit the most beautiful laughter as they play endless imaginative games. But many times he's causing trouble and then bursts into tears because he can't quite keep up with his big brothers.
Juliette is all of a sudden a real little girl. She talks a mile a minute, with a thousand things to say. She speaks with such expression that we break out in smiles listening to her most of the time. Then she turns on that three year old tantrums and I'm at the end of my wits. And yet, knowing that I'm off to school next year, and then on to a career, I'm trying (trying) to relish these days home with my children.
I hope to be back here more often. I'm kicking myself in the rear end to kick a few bad habits (those bad TV ones that just waste so much time!) I've been doing well for a week, getting lots of things done, so hopefully I can capture a bit more of life here.