Anyone who homeschools their children knows that no two years are very much alike.  For one thing, the kids are older and have different needs.  At the same time, it seems we are always switching things up a bit, figuring out what works, keeping certain traditions and losing some others that we’ve outgrown.  It’s bittersweet, really.

Our 2017-2018 school year has started off no differently; things are not the same as last year.  But, for the first time, it has felt really different.  For one thing, I have a daughter in Jr. High.  Yikes!  And, we’ve added a foster toddler who requires weekly appointments.  Then there’s my husband’s schedule, which has been pretty crazy so far.       Kids with braces… a new school building for our weekly co-op… I could go on and on!

One of our biggest (and most difficult) changes was to say no to AWANA this year.  It has been such a wonderful organization to be a part of over the last 5 years, but something had to give in our schedule.  In all honesty, having a non-rushed Sunday night has been incredible.  We loved our date night while it lasted… smd the kids loved AWANA… but having a Sunday night family dinner has felt great.  Perhaps we’ll go back again next year.  Who knows?!?!

Tonight we pulled out our fall dinnerware, (which is really Halloween!)  We ate stuffed squash and had Sierra do another of her famous berry galettes.  (Mostly.  Mom had to intervene when little brother accidentally looked at said galette, and someone decided she didn’t want to make it anymore.  Sheesh!)  Even a little grumpiness couldn’t ruin the joyous fall feeling of a decorated home, the smell of home baked goodies, and the cooler weather outside… and especially our whole family together on a non-rushed Sunday night!


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