I May Be Going Mad

Life has been crazy these past couple of weeks.  I mentioned in my last post that our first week back to a full school load was not only full of school work but of screaming, tantrums, and who knows what else.

This week has been just as crazy.

I’m not sure why I expect anything different…

We started Bible Bee this week.  Yay!  We kicked off the summer season with a little competition between the older three Crew members.  Who could memorize and recite the most passages from last summer?

Adding Bible Bee study time has thrown everything else out of whack.  And there were things with schooling that just weren’t working well.  So, back to the drawing board we went and created a different school routine.  We may be switching up some curriculum on a subject or so, as well.  Change is certainly the only constant in our home.  Well….change and laundry and meltdowns and really cute kids.

Now, if you’re going to snatch some scones from the cooling rack you might as well take three.


I have been contemplating the many analogies that exist between yard work and parenting.  So far I have come up with three solid ones.  But, of course, the parenting and the yard work keeps me from actually putting them down onto paper.

The basic gist is that, like yard work, in parenting you must go over the same unruly patches of grass day and day out.  If you leave it unattended for even a short period of time, you are guaranteed to have 3.5 million times the work when you get back to it.

Also, even though parents all around the world raise children from birth through adulthood, they are not all dealing with the same issues or to the same extent.  What I mean is this.  You can mow a 6,000 sq. ft. lawn and if it is flat and you have beautiful grass that grows straight up, the amount of effort will be different than a person who is mowing the same sized lawn that is positioned on a hill that is uneven and is covered with crab grass that grows every which way.  So, don’t judge when the second person is dying only a quarter of the way through the job and you are sailing right on through hardly breaking a sweat.

Third point.  If you want to use a weed whacker, you should be certain to allow the battery to charge fully before jumping into a big job.  A half-charged battery will not work as well as a full battery.  Likewise, if you have to raise a family, try your very best to do it on as fully charged of battery as you can.  Taking time to rest or step back and evaluate things makes the job at least a little easier….sometimes.

But, in the case of real life, you may only have an hour to get the yard work done and the only battery you have is half-charged.  So then just give it all you’ve got.

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