But this year, that wonderful catalog sat collecting dust in my schoolroom...
You see, last summer was the summer of my martyrdom. I spent every spare moment (agonizing!) planning for the coming year.
Last summer, I was determined to have every single "I" dotted and "T" crossed. All of my lessons for the homeschool year were planned out in meticulous detail including a weekly list of books to request from the library. It was a sight to behold. I was finally going to be organized! Hooray for me!
By the time August rolled around, we were about to begin school - I was completely prepared...
and totally burnt out!!!
I spent so much time planning and preparing that I forgot to take time out to relax and enjoy our summer break.
This summer, I officially turned in my "supermom" cape and decided to tone things down a bit...(that meant deciding that I wasn't going to write my own History course after all)...
Instead, I sat in the sun and got a tan. I read 20 or so books that I've always wanted to read. I worked in the garden. I tried new recipes. I hung out with my kids. I even took a few naps.
And I feel WONDERFUL!!!
So, when I finally dusted off (yes, it really was dusty) the Rainbow catalog and decided to buy our school supplies, I felt ready to tackle a new year of homeschooling.
Ecclesiastes chapter 3 tells us that "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens..." Maybe, just maybe, there is also a season for resting from our labors and just enjoying the beauty of unscripted, unstructured days.
This year, I may not have lesson plans to dazzle, but the peaceful feeling I do have is totally worth it.