We started our school up and got going good…
(We even went on our first school field trip to the Post Office! I was surprised at how awesome and educational it was. They gave them a behind the scenes tour and gave them papers about how to address their mail, and free books and information brochures. So impressed!)
… and then Papa John and Lolita got married on a Tuesday the second week of school…
I was their wedding photographer. Daddy had to take the day off from work to stay home (and play video games and make pizza) with the boys. So not fair that mama isn’t the “funner” parent.
…and then the carpet people came to install new carpet… and the crown molding arrived… and the trim paint had to get done… so we are doing school “lite” and planning to add in a few extra weeks this summer to make up time lost. I hate that I’m starting out with days missed in September. That sucks. Way to give a homeschool mama the heavy guilt.
The underwater school room (which used to have teal ragged walls and many more book cases) is now grown up and ready to transfer ownership.
I’m so ready to get this “transition” over with and get moved to the country, even with all the cons on my list (like how far away it will be to Natural Grocers… how much square footage I’m giving up, and the snakes and scorpions out there in Podunk). Bring it on, though! Just give me rest from all this “realtor-ready” “Better Homes and Gardens cover-home” living! It’s no way to live. Perpetually selling a house has to be listed on the causes of PTSD fact sheet; I’m sure of it.
I want to not be worried about dishes in the sink, laundry piles, or nicks on the door frames any more. I just want to LIVE and relax again…. and not notice variations in brush strokes on my painted walls. I think I may have developed a nervous tick. Like rain man, but with wall texture instead of numbers.
You know that stress causes cancer by now. So please pray for me to stay sane and calm enough to prevent my health from declining. A girl needs a friend to lean on, a lot of prayers, and some good dark chocolate with stevia instead of sugar. A maid and a quick real estate contract would also help. Oh, and while I’m dreaming… you could also offer to come help me move when we close. I wrote a little spoof on Lamentations called “Landinvitations of the Seller” back in the early days of this blog… back when it took 8 months to sell a house in Cedar Park. Sometimes I really wonder what God is doing making us wait so long for stuff that is obviously part of His plan… :::scratches head:::
Things are day to day around here. Always something busy to get done. I cherish the quiet snuggle-time bedtime reading that the boys and I get done every evening. Today my daughter moved back home … into the room downstairs which we weren’t finished putting crown molding in. Her boxes and my tools are all coexisting right now and we have open house tomorrow from 1:45PM to 4PM.
Pray for me.
In other news… I’ve been doing a personal project before bed each night when the house is quiet… finding all the people I’m related to in history… on Wikitree. In one side of my family, I hit someone else’s chart and it took me all the way back to prior to the year 800. I’ve found martyrs, castles, coats of arms, colonial settlers, military records, deaths from yellow fever, grave stones, photos, and people in my line from many different nations. I’m working on the Native American link, currently… not only my own, but my husband’s link. From what I’ve been told, I’m part Creek and he is part Cherokee (and they were mortal enemies) so our children are “peace-children”. I’ll let you know if I can corroborate the story. Next year will be even more fun because we’ll be studying the dark ages and renaissance and will be able to connect actual people we are related to with different monarch timeframes… there’s even a guy who was “Chief Remembrancer” to King Henry the Eighth in our line. So interesting!
I’ll leave you with a pretty little link that has photos of my home for sale. If you know anyone who is moving to Austin and in need of a house, the North part of Austin is lovely and the school districts up here are the best of the best. Just shoot me an email (or comment) and I can connect you with the listing for the house if you are interested in sharing it with a friend. We hate to give up our lovely home in the Austin area, but alas, our farm adventure awaits!
Have a super weekend and HAPPY FALL, Y’ALL!!!