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Day by Day

By Linnea Carlson

Day by Day

My five year old wakes me up with the greeting “I don’t want to learn anything new today.” And another day of home schooling begins. Throughout this process I am pretty confident she has not learned anything “new.” We are just trying to recall what we have already learned in pre-k and remember school and learning are always important. Fortunately her sister’s 5th grade assignments are on-line and she gave up on me being able to help her years ago.

If you had asked me what I would do if I had 6 weeks off with my children and would need to stay at my house, I may have responded that I would get some more items hung on my walls, some closets would be cleaned out and the kids’ clothes would all be sorted. I would be able to get some advance planning done for work. With six weeks, I could have next fall totally planned and start on ideas for 2021.

My reality has been quite different. I am still getting work done for one week and then the next. I have discovered my kids eat at least FIVE TIMES A DAY (three meals and two snacks)! All of these occasions involve some sort of preparation/involvement from me with the exception of fruit snacks! No one wants to eat at the same time or the same food. There is also the unending sink full of dishes.

Currently, I am trying to adjust to my new normal. If these 6 or 16 weeks are not going to be a time for organizing, cleaning, sorting and getting ahead for me, what is this time for? What are my goals during this time going to be? I now know the word “goals” sounds overly ambitious to say the least. Like everyone, I am just trying to make the best of a tough situation. Just getting through this may be the best goal I can have. While at times I feel overwhelmed, I realize that there are many folks who are dealing with far more than I am.

God always wants us to make the most of the time we have. These are not like any kind of times we have ever experienced. If you are getting things organized and cleaned out-I am happy for you-I really am. For some of the rest of us,

working, teaching and running a household is all we can do and we may not feel like we are doing a great job with that.

So I will try to take this day by day. I will consider what helps my family. Making everyone get dressed and go outside every day. We won’t watch the news. We won’t look at a calendar. This time can remind us that we have what we need. I can teach my children what it means when we have what we need and how to help others that do not. We will try to be patient with each other, remembering everyone is doing the best they can. We will remember that God is our hope and our help-every day!

In Psalm 25:4-5 it says:

Make your ways known to me, Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth—teach it to me— because you are the God who saves me. I put my hope in you all day long.

Linnea Carlson

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