How many times have you walked into a room that your kids were “done” cleaning only to find 12 things still on the floor and beds not made? I’ll be honest, it happens here a lot. Yesterday one of my sweet kids was emptying the dishwasher. This seems pretty straightforward. It’s either empty or it’s not, right? As she walked away, dishwasher not quite empty, it dawned on me, “They don’t see things the way I see them”. I was reminded of that picture of the old woman/pretty young woman. You know the one, what you see depends how you look at it. Trying to see the world through the eyes of my kids can be incredibly frustrating, not seeing that toy that’s been in the same place on the floor for 3 days. It can also be incredibly humbling, actually noticing the beautiful drops of dew on a flower petal. What does God see when He looks at us? I bet it’s not at all what we see. Does He pause and think, “They just don’t see things the way I see them”? The plans He has laid right in front of our eyes, the beauty and worth within all of us. I wonder what things are right in front of me that I don’t see. This week I’m going to try to appreciate my children’s view of the world and I’m going to try to open my eyes to the beauty, grace and plans that God places before me.
As you near the end of labor, someone, be it nurse or doctor or midwife inevitably say these words, “Now, give me one last BIG push”. It’s what we need to hear, an encouragement that this will not last forever. I was at that point with my third child when my doctor starting singing, “She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain”. That’s right. I thought about kicking him. He was in close proximity. Really though, I just needed it to be over.
That’s how I’m feeling with this school year. It’s been a really good year. We’ve completed a couple of subjects, are close on a few more. Religious Ed. and Explorer’s are wrapping up. I find myself wasting my days. I’m not playing with my children like it’s summer, but we aren’t accomplishing as much as we typically do “during school”.
I think what I need is just one last big push. I need to finish up strong. Complete what needs to be completed and achieve that clear ending. I’m afraid if I let our days slowly morph into lazy days of summer that we won’t really complete the last few things that need done.
How do you achieve that last big push? Do you tighten the reigns and buckle down, or do you slowly let go of the schedule and relax into summer? I’d love to hear how other families get through the final days of the school year.