Planning with kids

This is the week that four of our five kids start school. Three resume school and one will start for the very, very first time. We are holding our breath to see how the week will go as the anticipation to the big day builds. We have 4 more sleeps. Just 4 more days and then I will walk the little one to school and with a kiss and a hug and wave goodbye.

No more lazy “Mummy Days” which we had both grown to really love. Just the morning rush, packing bags, doing hair and readers. So how do we redeem the rush hour when there are 7 mouths to feed, bodies to dress, bags to pack, school/work belongings to organise.

Recently A and I had some quiet reflection about family life and time to really talk about each child and who they are and what they need. The discussion was a little overwhelming! Five children. Can we do it? How do we do it?

I guess the bottom line is that we do all that we are called to do, in Him. The successes and the joys are a true bonus because it is hard work caring for and loving so many. We make mistakes, seek forgiveness and try again the next day. But today and probably over the next few days there is a bit of planning that will take place. Uniforms that need adjusting or replacing, books to be covered and belongings to be named. We can help out kids by helping them get organised. Here are some goals for the week:

  1. Organise uniforms and name all items…again!
  2. Clear out pegs for the school bags and make room for one more – no. 4!
  3. Locate all drink bottles and lunch boxes
  4. Compile a favourite lunch/snack list with contributions from all 4 children
  5. Pray for each one – that they make friends and be a good friend, that they learn with enthusiasm and that they know God is with them when we are not.

Giving up

I love reading and the idea of reading. But I am aware that it has taken me years to give myself permission not to read, not to continue a book if I am not enjoying it, if I am bored or find it trivial.

I was most surprised to discover that Ian Mc Ewan’s novel SOLAR has had this effect on me.

I am quite an admirer of Mc Ewan’s work. The Child in Time, On Chisel Beach, Atonement and Saturday to name a few that stand out. But Solar focuses on a male protagonist, Michael Beard who is a Nobel winning physicist in his late 50s. He is also on his fifth marriage and is an immoral womaniser whose career needs saving as much as his personal life.

So a good third into the novel I have given up. No more reading about his jealously and sad reflections on relationships and the environment. Is this the way for all men in mid-life?

I look forward to better things from Mr Mc Ewan. I can only hope.

What have you read lately?

home for the holidays….

We are all playing holiday at home this year and it is a sweet process of learning how to be all together, to work, rest and play. There has been windsurfing on the very full lake, day trips to the beach, cooking, movies, the gym, the local pool and catching up with friends. There has also been a very special birthday party which the big kids planned and hosted. Harry Potter lives on in our house!