And We’re Off

As of about 15 minutes ago, another school year has officially begun. I’m a little nervous at all that’s going to come along with that (homework, soccer, piano, ballet, musical theater, Japanese lessons, Bible studies, Awana, ministry, etc.). The BUSYness that is about to ensue is more than a little intimidating to me. These last few weeks have been crazy trying to get everyone ready for school, but they’ve been busy together. Once everything starts back up, it seems like everyone starts “necessarily” going in different directions, and I have to admit, that makes me more than a little bit sad. I’ve been dreading it a bit, actually.

But this year, we’re doing a few things to fight for family time. Some things we’ve always done, like daily story-time, purposeful table-talk every night at dinner, and Friday night movie/pizza night (But this year, I will watch the movie WITH them no matter what it is, and NOT bust out a magazine, I promise! No matter how many times I’ve seen Happy Feet…).

But we’re also changing up a few things this year in the fight against busy. For one thing, we’ve purposely changed our weekly schedule up so that we’re home every night except Sunday nights. Also, since the kids are getting a little older, we’re adding an element to Friday nights–a game. Or if it goes well, maybe we’ll get rid of that movie altogether and just play games! (But maybe it’ll be another year or two before Adam and Ben are ready for that; we’ll see.)

Some things we’re adding this year– one night a week, I’m going to plan a themed family night, and on another night of the week, Keith is kicking up our regular family devotional a few notches for a more intensive, interactive family devotional (with songs, crafts, and who knows what else? He IS a pre-school teacher, you know…)

I think I’m blogging about this largely for accountability. If I write it down, I have to really do it, and not keep it in my head as good intentions! I’d really love to hear your ideas! What do you do together as a family?

In the meantime, here are some photos of Claire this morning, on her way out the door to SECOND GRADE!!! (How is this flying so fast? Lord, help me to enjoy every minute of it!) Here she is:


This morning, she woke up by herself and got all dressed and then she blow-dried her own hair. She has recently informed me that she wants her hair to be less frizzy, more smooth, so I taught her how to wield a blowdrier. She’s growing up so fast.


Last night as we were pillow-talking before bed, Claire confided in me that she “LOOOOOOOOOVES school so much. I confessed to her, that indeed, so did I, and that’s why I even became a teacher, because I loved it so much. She expressed complete dismay that there are some kids who don’t like school, and some who even hate it, and announced that she thinks they just need to change their attitude. 🙂

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Lisa is a grateful, born-again follower of Jesus Christ who has spent her adult life on the Gospel in several global contexts. She is the wife of one wonderful, jungle-gym of a man, who is to her the single most ravishing piece of flesh on planet earth (stolen good-heartedly from Christine Caine). She is a dedicated home educator to their four beautiful children, ages 6 to 12, whom she would be happy to gush over any time. She is an avid reader and a storyteller, an aspiring writer, a missionary to the nations and a singer of His praises, a loyal friend, an obsessive-compulsive Googler, and comedienne extraordinaire on her best days. She would also like to think that she is a loyal and loving, truth-telling friend.
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3 Responses to And We’re Off

  1. amy says:

    Even your family time sounds like a lot of work! Our kids are 1 and 3, and even getting to eat dinner at the same time right now is a challenge for us. But one of our favorite family activities is to put on fun music (“Hot Dog Dance” – the theme song from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, sung by They Might Be Giants, or “Oh, Yeah” – you know, the mostly instrumental song played at the end of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off with the bus and the principal), crank the volume, and have a time of jumping and dancing around the living room. It serves two purposes — lots of laughing as a family, and lots of energy expense by the wee ones before bed. Enjoy the intentional fun that is family time this year!!

  2. For the record, we do have lots of “unplanned” family fun too! 🙂

  3. Lesley Dennis says:


    Today as well Lydia went out the door to her 1st day of 2nd grade. She woke up with a smile on her face, got ready, ate breakfast and also did her hair. She is into putting it in a pony tail or a headband.

    Here in Rota they have the kids and parent come to school from 9:00 to 1:00 for an opening and for “open house” to meet each of child’s teacher. So, it’s really a half day of school for the kids.
    Lydia’s teacher this year will be a little different. We’ll see how it all works out.

    Justin teacher ROCKS! He is all about teaching and having the kids learn!!! He is on top of it! After our horrible entry into Rota’s DODS school I’m thrilled Justin in a good class.

    I’ll post photo later!

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