It's been an exciting first week at the Homeschool Village! It is our collective, heartfelt desire that this will be a place for you to connect, to learn, to share... to recharge! So how do you, as a homeschool mom with a scrolling to-do list, recharge each summer?
I try to allow more time for things I enjoy doing and creating... but seldom find opportunities to accomplish during the school year. Stacks of beautiful raw dupioni, silk brocade, and cotton velvet beckon for stolen moments of sewing to become something lush and inviting. Paint swatches, spread in a colorful array, are torturing my power of selection! Page layouts for my first homeschool book await refinement. Fresh summer recipes call for the garden's first picking! (Come back and visit for recipes!) And I confess... I love books and curriculum! Tucking away the old and organizing the new feels a bit like Christmas!
And then there are those moments when I let everything wait. I slip out on the deck... beneath a green summer canopy of still, leafy branches... lift my head to a balmy, starlit summer sky... and breathe in summer. I pull life out of fifth gear for a bit and purposefully slow myself... the boys... our home... to an easy coast... at least for moments of time. Meals come simply, crisp and vibrant, plucked from the garden. Studies are quietly set aside. Movies and popcorn are offered on a quilt spread smooth. Boyish laughter drifts through our home like perfected harmony. I settle in beside them... shoulders touching. I linger on their gaze as they spill out dreams... like cool, clear fountains on a hot afternoon.
Life is never very slow-paced here! But in the summer we travel a different road... reach new destinations... and remember that we don't always have to be in the passing lane.
From our hearth to your home,
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