School started two weeks ago. I haven’t had the time to sit down let alone write an obligatory back to school post. One day it was Summer break and the next day we woke up and started our back to school routine.
Open houses and meet the teacher have come and gone. I have filled out my weight in paper work. I have made two trips to the urgent care, one for each daughter, both for swimmers ear.
Our nights are already knee-deep in homework and extra curricular activities. Our baby has moved up to level 2 gymnastics and you guys she has found her passion. Yes, at 7! Our son has joined a club/traveling baseball team and while we are blessed with this opportunity and the fee in comparison to the going rate is peanuts it is still rather costly and time-consuming but worth every penny and minute. We are still waiting to add two more commitments to the schedule (Little League Softball starts next week and a college prep program starts in September for my junior high daughter).
Tonight Bible Study Life Groups starts and so our Wednesday nights from now until November looks like this:
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Gymnastics (Kailey)
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Bible Study Life Groups (Kailey & Karisa)
6:45 pm – 9:00 pm Indoor Baseball Practice (Kaiden)
Oh and have I mentioned I will be facilitating a weekly Bible Study group at our church as part of our Women’s Ministry. Apparently when I agreed to showing up once a week and stretching myself completely out of my comfort zone I was also committing to being on the women’s leadership team which included a retreat the first week of school and a women’s conference in less than a month.
I know for some of you looking at our schedule makes you dizzy. I get it. I do. Mr. C and I do not make commitments lightly. We spend a great deal of time in prayer for our children and specifically how we are called to raise them. We have said, “No.” more times than not. I believe with all my heart the opportunities presented to them this year are a direct result of prayer.
At times our life gets busy and even chaotic but we never regret watching our kids shine. They are all healthy (minus some seasonal asthma and occasional “normal” ailments), they all do well in school, they continue to develop their character for the better and most importantly they continue to live as children of God.
We are called to be a light in this dark world. The only way we can do that is to go out into the world. I’m not comfortable, or brave enough, to share my faith with strangers (I’m working on it). However, our family is given the opportunity to do so with the many people we meet and who become like family through our kids activities in a non-threatening, beat you over the head with a Bible kind of way
When Kaiden missed an all-star game to go to church camp he was asked over and over again why he wasn’t at the game. Because of that he had the opportunity to say he went to camp and that led to a natural conversation about the things he did while he was there. Tonight when the girls are at Bible study instead of watching Kaiden practice we will get asked where they are (because we do life as a family and they are always with us) we get to explain the amazing mid-week life group they attend. The same is true when I am reading a Bible study book and someone asks what I’m reading. I get to say share and explain why.
I’m not in any way justifying being busy as a way to evangelize. I am saying this is what works for me and my family. It is the balance we have found in pursuing our God-given passions. So while you may look at our colander and see a busy, over-scheduled family. I see a Christ-center family living life in the world. For us, it is business as usual.