As I spent a chunk of my morning at the Motor Vehicle Administration office, I kept thinking of Cindy, one of my favorite homeschool bloggers and a mother of nine, who writes at Ordo Amoris. Her posts are always full of mind food, as I like to call it, but these words made me laugh out loud.
I have decided to blog while sitting in the DMV. Clearly frequent trips to this level of Hell are perhaps the best arguments against having a large family. My suggestion is that you stop having children immediately lest you end up like me wasting years of your life at the DMV.
As I sat there with my third child, I concluded that it is the driving aspect of raising children that has been my greatest challenge. Not the middle-of-the-night feedings. Not cooling fevered brows. Certainly not the teaching part or the spending-all-of-our-time-together part. Nope. It is definitely the driving. I do not do well with having my beloved children out on the road with all of the crazy people. When my oldest child got her driver's license, and made her first trip alone (that trip was a four mile trek to the post office), I looked out of the window as she drove out of our driveway...and then sat down in my kitchen floor and cried. (Are you laughing?) After you stop laughing, pray for me. Kati got her learner's permit this morning.
I have decided that "Summer Vacation" is a misnomer. Oh, it is summer alright. The outdoor thermometer assures me that it is summer even if the scientists do say that the summer solstice is a few weeks away. It's the "vacation" part that I am contending. It doesn't feel like vacation if you've been too busy to let the kids sleep in while you wile away the morning with coffee and blog surfing, or too busy to organize and put away your school things for the summer. Not that I want to be lazy all summer...but I'd like one lazy day to kick off the season. Maybe sometime in July...
No Spring Chicken
(I hope she reads this.)
(I hope she reads this.)
I recently discovered a charming blog, No Spring Chicken. Debbie writes with humor, with creativity, and with eternity in mind. (Read about her eternal perspective ~here~.) Debbie and I have a lot in common-- we both live in older homes, each of us has four children, we homeschool, we enjoy homemaking, and we're...um...not spring chickens (although she is springier than I!). We have been chatting back and forth in our blogs' comment forums...that is, until a week or so ago. Since then I have been unable to post a comment at No Spring Chicken! Unfortunately, I am not a technical whiz, and I have not been able to figure it out. I have been able to comment elsewhere, so it is a mystery to my non-techie brain. Sigh. So I want to shout out to my friend Debbie and tell her that I am still reading and loving what she has to share.