Sunday, April 27, 2014

2 Weeks

It is amazing that 2 weeks has FLOWN by since I last posted here.  Pete and the older girls got to go on a trip to see family which left me here...far away with 4 little kids....
WE. HAD. THE. BEST. TIME!!





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I missed the bigs...don't get me wrong.   But I also enjoyed the change of pace with having a house full of "not big" people.  Life is much more simple when we take 2 pre-teen girls out of the mix.  I always heard that the older they get the harder it is.  And when you are up all night nursing, changing diapers 400 times a day, and pacing the floor with a 10 month old who does not want you to sit down EVER, you can't imagine anything harder than that!

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But hard changes.  And for any home school mom that is reading this don't think that I have not already thought that I have made it harder because they are no longer home with me all day.  I have thought it!  Would the struggles be less?  I know from experience they would just be different.  But I am pretty sure struggle is part of the plan for me right now.

I have about 4 days left until they come home.  I have a few bathrooms to scrub and a floor or two to mop.  But mostly I have to prepare my heart for the transition.  I have been in charge now for 2 weeks with people who comply without negotiation .

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I think this past 2 weeks has given me a new perspective on some dynamics in this house.  I've had some adjusting to do and when the girls come home from this incredible vacation I know they will have some adjusting to do as well.  I can only hope that I remain the adult in the situation and remain patient...not my most natural virtue (still not sure which virtue comes natural to me...they all seem pretty tuff).

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5 comments:

  1. My husband and I always marvel how much easier life is when we remove one of our six (any one of them). Glad you're enjoying your two weeks. Also, I'm dying for a photo tour of your house!

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  2. You are so right about hard changing. Yes, it is hard being inside the same four walls with whiny children, dirty diapers, crying babies. It is only after you have faced the hard of teens and young adults making heartbreaking choices that you realize how truly manageable the under 5 crowd, really under 10, is. Their problems can usually be fixed with little effort. They are distractible, and with a snack, a kiss, a nap, all is well. Yes, it takes being present, but just your presence is enough. Teens, of course, want no presence. Ha!

    I'm glad your time was enjoyable. I often wish I could just have a window of time with my children at younger ages. Just sort of going in a time machine for a short vacation. ;-) I always say I think moms should get their infants back on their birthdays. Wouldn't that be sweet?

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  3. Oh the pre teens, teens to be...and I feel it's very daunting because it's only the beginning. Sigh. Praying for you. Missing you! I do wish the girls had each other. They were good for each other in several ways.

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  4. I'm going to have to stop looking at your blog--my heart aches to be back in Sitka! That's when my kids were little and all your photos take me back to those WONDER-FULL years. Now I have three teens and it is SO different, and, really, I'm glad we're on a little farm now where my kids are working hard and we're growing much (ok, maybe "some") of what we eat. But to be back in Sitka just for a visit now--to have one more picnic at Mosquito Cove, one more hike up Mt. Edgecumbe, one last turn catching pink salmon off the shore. Your first photo in this series is the BEST! Love, love, love it!

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  5. I always find it so interesting how the dynamics change in our home when one or two kidnicks are gone. It changes my perspective as well. Sounds like a lot of fun and all of your children made lasting memories to cherish...whether home or away.

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