Have you ever waited in line for something or prepared for a new endeavor, filled with worry and angst and wondering (I yell in my head), “HOW IS THIS GOING TO GO?” Without fail, those moments between the velvet ropes of anticipation could be much better spent. I could be praying, speaking sweetly to one of my children about life, finally trimming the dog’s nails…you catch my drift. There are a lot of things better than waisted energy on worry and letting oneself become consumed with angst.
I wish I had learned all for his before we started homeschooling and planned a trip to Spain.
One of the catalysts for our decision to homeschool was that Eric, my amazing husband, was going to be gone for most of the year. We have seen him in such brief snippets since last April (15 months ago) that if I think about it too much it makes me sick to my stomach and frankly, pretty angry at the world. I let that happen for a good portion of July and folks, that didn’t go so well. This week I steadied the course and with a righted ship we are tackling the days considerably more successfully. I have taken some time to reflect on our past year and the adventures it held. Most notably, 3 months in the Andalusia region of Spain.
We traveled to Spain in the hopes of seeing our beloved, missing piece at least once. We were instead blessed with a handful of unforgettable moments and days that I will treasure for the rest of my life. On top of that, the girls and I were able to see and do so many new things that I am just now capable of processing it all. This week, while the girls attended camp, I focused on putting together a slide show from our trip. It is set to a song very dear to our family. I guess you might call it our theme song. When it plays we belt it out, off tune and insanely loud…and hot tears run down my cheeks as I think how awesome it is to be raising kids who love life.
Spain left us hungry for more adventures…at least after we slept in our own beds for a few weeks and were able to regularly do our laundry and take long, leisurely baths. I can’t wait to see what the next few years hold for us and until then we will embrace the warm, happy thoughts from our time in Andalusia. I’d love to share some of our favorite pictures of the people and places we grew to deeply love during our 3 month adventure. I promise to go into more detail soon…but as I have written here, I am JUST NOW able to grasp what we accomplished, learned and experienced. It’s coming at me like waves and I am grateful it ebbs and flows so I can still function. I’ve been a lot of places and done a lot of things but I’ve never….NEVER been as proud and satisfied with a choice and an action as I am with this adventure.
Get out of line, grab the chance, embrace the days…or snuggle back in for some Netflix binging…but create a balance. Try all the things. You won’t be sorry.