For the past month and a half, I’ve been lamenting the loss of our wooden bird feeder at the hands—or rather, jaws—of those obnoxious rodents known as squirrels.
“I just have to get to store and buy another one,” I murmured wistfully. “I miss all my little birdies.”
But did I get around to it?
(I can be such a birdbrain.)
This weekend, the boys went out onto the deck and just threw down a bunch of birdseed.
A handful here, a handful there.
Totally at peace with their messy means to a delightful end.
Well, consequently I have seen no end of interesting birdies the past few days, including—Gasp! Can it be?—a cute little hummingbird that fluttered past in a flash and was gone, leaving me breathless.
I just love hummingbirds. I get all geeky and gushy when they’re around.
Anyway. Long story short: I am very thankful for my boys’ creativity and for their ability to think outside the box (or in this case, outside the birdfeeder).
“Focus on enjoying what you do, not on regret for all the things that you don’t / can’t do.”
There is a lot of talk about planning going on right now, as well as a wonderful Fair full of awesome ideas for the homeschooling mom & dad.
I have to be careful, though. I am the sort of person—very sanguine, very distractable—who can get overwhelmed by all the info. I start to feel a little boxed in and bogged down by my To-Do list and my planning, to the point where I don’t do anything.
Ultimately, I have to trust in what the Holy Spirit is doing within this happy little house of ours and through the teacher that is me. As a dear friend of mine said to me in an e-mail: However wonderful things look on other people’s blogs, the reality is probably less wonderful. You also can’t do all of these wonderful things, however appealing they look. Not even if you are superwoman and have a 48-hour day. Focus on enjoying what you do, not on regret for all the things that you don’t / can’t do.
I’ll be talking more about this over the next two week. I don’t really intend to share my lessons plan in detail, (at least not until you’ve had a chance to catch your breath), because my school set-up is pretty straightforward:
Seton’s Curriculum (because I need to be accountable) with supplementation.
A handful here. A handful there.
With my birds of a feather (aka my children) there to help me.