focus: our days are full

March 28, 2014

homehomehomehomehome lifehome lifehomeOur days have been so full. We are down to one car for the time being (Ben’s needs a new engine), so we are making do with sharing. Though with this sharing business, 2 hours of my day, with the girls in tow, is spent taking Ben to work and picking him up. While time already feels like it’s in short supply, it’s been feeling really depleted these past couple weeks with having to spend more time on the road than normal.

We’ve been trekking on with school and I think we will be done with most of our curriculum well before the school year ends. The only one we always seem to be playing catch up with is math. Oh math! It’s never been my strongest suit and I admit that I’m probably not helping my girls love it either. Nevertheless, the kids must study it because otherwise one day they might find themselves way in over their head in credit card debt and it might be because they won’t know have the math knowledge to prevent them from spending money they don’t have. Let’s hope they don’t get there though, so for now, I’ll keep chugging along with math and Ben will keep doing Dave Ramsey Junior lessons with them.

Anyway, I love the flexibility we have in homeschool. If we get really focused in the beginning of the week, we can charge through my lesson plans and then Fridays can sometimes be a light project day. I love that! Sometimes though, it does cross my mind that if I sent the kids to school, I would get all this free time and it might be glorious! But then I remember why I homeschool, and well that’s that. I have to keep our bigger picture in mind rather than some peace and quiet, I’ll have plenty of time for that later. These days are long and time is short thing is really true. They’ll all be out of the house before you know it!

Despite feeling really overwhelmed, more like crazy, yesterday was a good day. I had been waiting for something for a very long time and it finally came! It kinda lightened up the load I was feeling and made things slightly less stressful. I also think I’ve been stressed because I’m working on a little project (can’t wait to share!!!), but I have some sort of creative block and I’m stuck on ideas for this project. It’s frustrating and my ideas about it just feel so scattered. I hope I get it together soon because well, I’ve got no choice but to get it done. Focus, Ruby, focus. 

Oh and that picture above has been my daily uniform of late. These Aladdin-like pants from Old Navy and this super comfy top from Gusta are so good together, and if I have to leave the house, I just slip on my leopard sneakers (it was Ben’s love day gift to me from here). Maybe once the craziness in my brain clears up (will it ever?), I’ll be in the mood to throw on a dress again or maybe sewing up a new one will get me in the mood too. I think sewing up a new one should do the trick, now only if I can find more time. Anyone know where I can get more of that?!

12 comments on “focus: our days are full”

  • i wish my daily lounge/stay at home outfit looked like that! atleast it’s cute! lol
    By the way, I saw you over on A Beautiful Mess! Very cool that you work for them! Love that site!

  • Jessica Rose says:

    Hopefully the car situation gets sorted out….quickly and soon…..;)

  • savannah says:

    I feel that way too sometimes with home school. You’re not alone.

    • rubyellen says:

      I know. Sometimes I think my life would be so easy if I sent them to regular school, but then I see how much they’ve learned and what they can learn at home, and I get reminded why I do what I do.

  • Christine says:

    Hang in there! You’re doing a great job. 🙂 Your home is lively, your girls appear happy, and your honesty is genuine. But boy, it’s a struggle to only have one car.

  • Manena says:

    Omg your are my hero..where you get so much energy…you are a super mom….^_^

  • nikki says:

    you’re such a good mom. i always love the honesty in your posts. you ROCK lady!


  • Shauna says:

    You might be tired and have a lack of time, but I wanted to encourage you.
    i get so much joy from your blog.
    Not only are you gorgeous effortlessly { love your daily uniform here }
    I love that you homeschool and are crafty and have such a love for Jesus.
    Keep on Keeping on ! Love your blog… and love coming back to it and catching up when its been a while!

    • Rubyellen says:

      Thank you so much for your words of encouragement. I really do hope that in the silly things of life and the pieces of my heart that I share, that God would use it to encourage others. I’m not perfect, in fact, I’m pretty crappy and messy and I really just need Jesus, so while this place is a lot of happy and color, I’m just learning to trust God through every step and misstep I take.

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