There were times a couple of years’ back that I just wanted to cry—a lot. I don’t know if any of you out there have ever been there. I am not (nor was I ever) the run of the mill soccer game drop off, gooey cookie making, hot-yoga meditating mom. Most of the time, I was a mess. I still don’t usually get up and put my face on or sip a cup of tea, and read God’s Word before the children wake up. I am a shower, brush my teeth, make breakfast, clean while hearing the Bible on audio, work-at-home, and do it all over again the next day type of mom.
I felt as if someone could have (I am sure you have been there too) looked up the word chaotic in the dictionary and my photo would be there. Messy hair, different color socks, my son reading me his book out loud, my daughter playing her ukulele or complaining about her little brother, cooking breakfast while the teapot is steaming, and tripping over the books on the floor. My life =chaos.
When it came to homeschooling, I knew that I couldn’t handle one more thing. It is that one more thing that can tip us over. I remember one day not being able to find my keys. We had to go to our co-op, things just kept going wrong in that morning, and lo and behold– I couldn’t find my keys. I just sat down on the porch and cried. My kids just stared at me thinking, “What in the world is wrong with mom?” I really hope no one else has had a “just plop on a chair and cry moment”. However, if you have, know you are not alone. I am with you.
Things get better, life gets better. These moments pass. Yet to prepare, you have to put steps into place. That is what I did. I couldn’t take having a life where that “one more thing” would put me over the edge.
When I was in the corporate world, I thrived on organization and order. I was known for my attention to detail and timeliness. Why couldn’t I seem to get it together at home? I knew that order and organization actually brought me joy. I came to realize that when I had my chaotic days like the one I mentioned above, I most likely can trace it back to not planning well, sleeping later than I should have, or skipping a routine here and there.
I needed order in my life, and in my homeschool life. I had to admit that not having structure was affecting my daily life and my homeschooling. My best friend mentioned that she had started using an online planner for her homeschool. I decided to check it out, but it actually blew me away when I realized that I could actually use it for…my life. Yes, I wanted to get my children on a regular schedule. I wanted a place to organize their lessons and remind them about assignments, but before that—mama needed some organization of her own. Organizing my life and homeschooling has completely calmed my chaos. I really work well, with life in order and in balance. The best part is, if something in life throws us off course, we know exactly what we need to make up or catch up on.
It is totally “OK” to get off course because Homeschool Planet can get us back on track.
You can read more here on how others were able to calm their chaos with Homeschool Planet. Above all else, it is important to understand that God also is order. He is a steady foundation when life throws us to and fro. The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust . . . —Psalm 18:2 We don’t have to accept chaos in our lives as normal.
We have the life of Christ as an example of obedience and self-sacrificial love as a guide. We truly can rest in Him. Yes, we have seasons when our lives seem out of control. Oh, how I wished instead on plopping to the floor and crying, I would have dropped to my knees in prayer. We can go off course, yet God meets us exactly where we are, messy hair or not.
If you know you need some order in your homeschool and life, know that there is a tool you can use to help keep things together… and there is a God out there that holds it all in the palm of His hand.
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