Saturday, June 21, 2014

A place for everything...

Just looked at the starts again a week from Tuesday. Eeek. At least I had two boxes of books waiting on the porch this week (I remembered to order them!). I have three weeks before I have to actually look at them though. We have two wonderful weeks of farmers market/Amish and horses unit study. Fun! If you want a very interesting book to open up all sorts of discussions with your kids (especially if they revolve around expected behavior or the "gimmies") have them read this...

It's a fascinating read. Can't wait to get to Amish country in a few weeks. It always leaves me at peace to know, at least somewhere, people aren't texing while they drive!
The arrival of school means that teacher (me) has to clean up her act. I can't be organized if I live in chaos. I need to find things when I need them, not three days later. Take, for instance, my office...aka the "junk room" (some people have a junk drawer, I have an entire room).
In my defense, it's also half kitchen stuff

but, yeah, it had to change...everything gets dropped back there.
So, when DH had the kids at the library's summer reading kick-off, I got to work. I had three boxes and put everything in a place where I would look first (hopefully). Each kid got an accordion folder for their schoolwork and artwork (they can cull later) and I was merciless in my shedding of useless things. I still have to sort out my desk and file cabinets (another two hours probably) but it is a huge improvement. I feel like I can move around, work with the kids and entertain tiny man who has learned to climb gates (which have been taken down) and now is a frequent guest.

I am so blessed to have a husband who will give up his haircut so that I have time to organize!
O Holy Mary! My Mother; into thy blessed trust and special custody, and into the bosom of thy mercy, I this day, and every day, and in the hour of my death, commend my soul and body. To thee I commit all my anxieties and sorrows, my life and the end of my life, that by thy most holy intercession, and by thy merits, all my actions may be directed and governed by thy will and that of thy Son.
- St. Aloysius Gonzaga, Pray for Us!




  1. Your organization looks great!

    I love getting homeschool books in the mail. We ordered most of ours last week, but I'm waiting on CHC's flat rate shipping at the end of the month.

  2. Wow - are you starting school back up in the summertime, or are you just really on top of things? Do you usually take the "unit study" approach with your kids? I still haven't started homeschooling, so I'm always very curious about how it actually looks in families.