I had a bit of a breakdown on Friday. Not because my children started school, nope this happened during homework time after school.
The first day of school turned out great: the kids were ready, they got a little nervous as they entered the classroom & a few tears were shed by our big girl but their teachers are great, the class was ready to meet them & the kids were armed with new lunch boxes! The only hard part was that moment when you see your kid sitting at a desk all alone & knowing that you have to leave, can’t hover & solve their problems, or make friends for them, or tell the teacher how great they are…you just have to head back to the car & keep praying.
Friday after school we had our first round of homework…oh boy! Big girl loves it but the two boys, they were not fans. I forgot that this is going to be hard. Their homework is in Spanish, the notes home from the teachers are in Spanish, all of the reading assignments, enunciations & spelling are in Spanish…my Spanish is still no bueno. Tyler goes back to work on October 8th, I will be doing homework time alone after that. How can I help my children learn a language that I can barely speak, how can I find the patience to look up word after word everyday during homework time while watching 5 kids! How can I get dinner ready, clothes for tomorrow & still give my children time? PANIC!!!
Tyler responded, “You just will.” It really is that simple, we will find a way. Some things will go undone & that is okay. We will make priorities. I will find patience for my kid’s sake during homework time. We will not try to do this alone, we will ask for help (a special thanks to our friends that we have already called for translation help). “You just will.”
We have started up with Dave Ramsey again. You will be hearing more about this later in the blog but know that it is a big part of our life. It still scares me, about how hard it is to get out of debt but praise God we got convicted about our finances early in our marriage so He gave us the experience of living on a budget, doing without, & not trying to “keep up with the Jones.” After reviewing the budget & revising a new one we look at it & ask, “how can we do this?” And once again we get the reply, “you just will.”
Please know that we will not be doing this alone…
Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?
“Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.
“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Thanks for sticking with us throughout this journey, 5 kids…we will.
Here are some pictures of our past week’s adventures…
At the dinnermesa,