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Have You Got the Time?

March 4, 2014

Since I’ve stopped working, I’ve sometimes felt like I have time on my hands.  I’m not sure that I’ve been using it as wisely as I could be, but one of the reasons why I felt like it was time to come home for good was that I was getting glimpses of inspiration while I was at work and by the time I got home, it would be gone.  I had no energy to pursue creativity.

I resigned in November, and then the holidays came, so I didn’t feel like I could really find a new normal until late January or February.  I’m falling into something of a normal pattern now.  It involves some outside activities like my Ladies’ study one morning a week, a piano lesson for a new homeschooler, and my weekly shopping.  I also usually visit my Mom and younger brothers at least once a week.  And then I have a bunch of projects going at home.

Beside the furniture and painting plans we’ve been making and the various household items that I’ve been working on picking up during my shopping excursions, I’m also working on a few craft projects.  I think I posted once about all my hobbies/crafts.  Right now, I have two crochet projects, three painting projects, and one cross stitch project all going at once, plus two or three other painting projects and a crochet project or two in the wings/early planning stages.

And now that I’m at home, when inspiration strikes, I pick up my guitar and work on a song.  I’m just beginning to see the fruit of the decision Sir K and I made last fall that I needed to come home.  I have the time and the freedom to write the melody that is singing inside of me.  And that wants to be shared.  I have the time and energy to practice my playing and singing, to become better able to share all God’s songs with people.

These days I sometimes feel like I have time on my hands, but I can usually find something constructive to fill it.  And I finally have time to focus on the things that God has called me to do.  One is to create a welcoming home for my husband, future children, and friends.  Another is to share the music He has put in my heart.  I am a vessel through which He wants to sing the songs of His heart, and I just pray that I can keep getting out of His way.  My songs may only ever touch my small circle, my church family, but God knows and will send me the songs He wants them to hear.  If he wants a song heard by the nation, he sends it to someone on the national scene.

Do you have time in your schedule for the things God is doing in and through you?  So many people these days, especially women, are so busy at work that they have little time for the basics at home, let alone hobbies.  Between work and their social life they are emotionally drained, leaving less and less for family and self.  Or their work and family take up all their time and they have little left for socializing or for God. I’m not trying to say that everyone should give up working, but that you should give some serious thought to this question.

What is your calling, and are you spending time on it?


Doing School at Home

March 20, 2010

I loved doing school at home.  Not only did my mother choose curricula that fit my learning style, but I got to work alongside my siblings.  In some years, I shared a desk with my brother, 3G, and while one of us was working at the desk, the other would usually be reading on the couch.  We learned time management through having to schedule our work around each other’s work.

We moved to a new house the summer before I started sixth grade, and then we had a school room.  Four desks lined the walls, mine, 3G’s, Sister’s, and Mom’s, which was also the computer desk.  For most of the morning, Mom was out of the room with the twins, so we three supervised ourselves.

We liked to start conversations, discussions, and arguments whenever one of us got to a break point or a sticky point in our work.  I would turn around and say something to 3G, at his desk behind me, or Sister would ask one of us for a hint with her assignments.  Once started, we were off to the races.

What discussions we had!  Sometimes it was a current event, more often a historical one that we were studying.  From the time Sister was in first grade up to the time I started highschool, we all did the same history, so about five years.  Other conversations revolved around people we knew or life in general.  We liked to debate everything from the hows and whys of the Greeks’ intercity fighting to how our last play practice went at church.

By the time we had two in highschool, we got into more sophisticated arguments, but less often.  3G had reached the point where he could prove his point faster and more clearly, so I argued less even if unconvinced by his rhetoric.  We still had discussion, however, especially when I needed him to explain something in the science curriculum we shared.  Though he is two years behind me, we often did science together since science was one of his strong points and one of my weaker ones.

Our computer sharing also got more complicated with two people using it for Rosetta Stone (Spanish) and two people using it for Typing Instructor besides one using it for writing essays.  Yes, between the three of us we all used it for all these things, and it became a family joke during my senior year that whenever Mom walked into the schoolroom, someone or other was at her desk, working on the computer.

Then I graduated and we moved my desk into my bedroom.  We knew that my schedule was going to become a bit odd when I started college in the fall, and that I was going to need my own computer since I was doing college online. That left 3G and Sister to their own devices.  Since I was not there those two years, I have to rely on second hand information, but apparently the conversations got more frequent after I left.  For while I was not there to start the conversation, with only two in the room, the others could talk as long as they wanted.  Before, the third person would stay out of the conversation for the most part and eventually ask the others to be quiet because there was thinking going on.

I miss being in on those conversations, and I have fought to stay abreast of all that goes on in the household.  Since the others often talk about things and do not realize that I have not heard the conversation, I have to pick up on hints much faster and ask about things I am not aware of.  Most of the time, my sister is good at relaying the important things like who is coming over for dinner and when, but other things sometimes slip her mind.

People worry about socialization for homeschoolers.  I’ll probably write another post devoted solely to that topic, but I’ll say here that living amongst my siblings was a lot of socialization.  You know what they say, you can chose your friends but you’re stuck with your family.  Learning to get along with people of various ages who know you in your best and worst moods is tougher than almost any social situation you’ll encounter outside the home.

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