Friday, June 9, 2017

Expect (five minute friday)

As we come to the end of our school year, I realize I expected so many different things for the year.

I expected we'd the homeschoolers would still working on the things we picked out last fall.  I'm absolutely shocked at how much ground we covered this year, and how much the boys completed.  Jude and Damien are completely done first and fourth grade work.  Matthew has a few more "10th grade" things to work on, but since I had planned on him taking until into the summer to finish them anyway, I'm not overly stressing.  He's also started working on some courses that will count toward his 11th and 12th grade years, so I've decided as long as everything is done in the next two years, it's all going to work out.

I had expected Luke to be back in school by now.  Instead, he took a full year off, and will start in the fall.

I did not expect we'd be spending most of our Sundays hanging around college halls while Celia had orchestra practice.  It was worth it to see her play with such confidence and joy -- even if my 20-year-old soul is still trying to convince me that college furniture isn't as uncomfortable as my 40-plus-year-old body thinks it is.

But I think I got more than I expected.

Kids who have learned about themselves.

Kids who have gained confidence.

Kids who have taught me that as long as it works out in the end, it's all good.

This year has again shown me that what I expect isn't always what happens, but what happens is what should be.


Five Minute Friday is a weekly event. Our hostess, Kate chooses a single word to start the free-writing process - this week, it's Expect. It's not about revising your thoughts to perfection, it's about taking 5 minutes to just put it all out there. New writers and readers are always welcome.

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