I have been trying to come up with the best post to re-enter the blogging world after having an unintentional hiatus. A lot has happened and I think eventually I'll get to all of that, we'll see...
I guess I'll just start with now.
Baby has come to live with us for the year! That is great news! She almost failed 3rd grade, so her mother agreed for her to come live with us for the year so I could home school her... most of the time it is going very well...
but the other times I wonder what I have gotten myself into.
Like today, for instance, I found out that the work I had for her to do yesterday didn't get finished. I had to fill in at my mom's store, and she said that if I helped her out, and wrote a lesson plan, she would substitute teach for me. Not a problem at all, since that is what my mom did during my younger years. But, when I asked Baby if her school work was done, she proudly said, "Yup, even my reading!" Fantastic. Yeah, it's my fault that I didn't check, however, I assumed that it would be handled. She had all day to do less than what I normally give her... I assumed. I know it's my fault but I am so upset right now.
It only adds to the fact that I feel, most of the time, like I am sinking. Oh, I keep a good face on and I laugh a lot, but inside where no one can see, I feel like I'm being buried alive.
There's the dark part.
I haven't felt like this ever I think, maybe not ever that I can remember, but still.
It is a culmination of things I guess. Going back several months. I'll get into that later, I don't feel like tears today.
I am moody and short tempered, very emotional, exhausted, most often with a headache or migraine, and distant.
But at the same time, loving and cuddly, creative and patient, and long to be close.
No. I am not pregnant.Some things just aren't that easy.
I finally have what I've wanted for the last several years. Baby has come to live with us for a year. I have wanted to pour into her life and love. To teach and be taught. To cuddle and sing. And let her know that everything will be okay. But I feel like I'm failing her. I'm not saying that I don't do any of the things I wanted so desperately to do, no, I do all of them, I love to do all of them for her. It's the quiet times, the other times, the feeling that I'm not good enough.
We haven't bought any curriculum because we are trying to enroll into a program that will pay for some of it. So, in the meantime, I am scouring the Internet to make a curriculum for her to follow. We have a cross-curricular reading program that we have been following, and that has spelling words that match up with what she is reading about for the week. But it doesn't tell me what to do with it. I don't want her just reading the paper and answering the questions everyday with nothing added. So on day 1 she reads and answers the questions, day 2 includes day 1 and then explaining the answer on back with a drawing, day 3 includes day 1 with researching the topic and drawing an [ecosystem] with four different living and non-living organisms included... etc. I write the curriculum off of what the one page has for the week. I make it last so she really learns about the topic. The same thing goes for Spelling and English and Math. (thankfully there are a lot of printouts for math) However, She is really behind in math, so we are catching up, with the same kinds of things everyday, in new and different ways...
I love doing it, but I feel lost. I don't really have anyone to talk to about it here. There are a few people I know that homechool in my area, but they have other new people that they are helping and plus they still have to school their children.
Then, there's some crazy stuff going on back at Baby's other residence that I am glad she is not there for, but I worry that 1.she will have to go back to that, 2.I won't be able to get her caught up and ready for 5th grade (her mom def wants her back for 5th grade.) and 3.I'll have somehow wasted my year by worrying and not having enough fun with learning.
I thought that it would be museums and field trips, but it takes all day just to do the small amount of stuff that I have planned, that we don't get to take our learning outside of the house. And I'm so concerned that she won't be caught up and ready for 5th grade that I forget to make learning fun.
In the last 2 months our truck has been broken into 4 times. In the last year, we've had 3 vehicles broken into, multiple times. My husband is ready to move, we have a great deal on an apartment, but he wants to buy a house. I don't think that we have the credit to buy a house.
I was arguing with a medical company about whether I was the one to use their services or not and they threw it to a collection agency, however I have not received anything from them, so I can't pay it (I was going to just pay it to stay out of collections). So that's on there...
I don't know.
We stared Bible Study Fellowship as a family recently, it's been great. Everytime I see Blue and Baby studying it makes me cry.
... But I feel like sometimes school gets in the way of life. I want her to experience things, but it takes forever to do school work...
Life will eventually fall into a pattern and everything will work itself out.
I know that God is in control.
I have everything I have ever needed and wanted under my popcorn roof.
I just have no idea what is wrong with me.
I guess it's a pretty downer first blog back, but as I was recently told...
*This blog is for me. To get my thoughts out. People can read it or not. They don't have to like it. It is for me.*