11 May, 2012

Momma Moments.....

This week has been a whirlwind of activity!  It is as if this was the week for final preparations, presentations, performances and rites of passage... all marking time, achievement and maturity.

Here is our list for Friday, marking the wonderful accomplishments along the way.

Little guy, V, celebrated his First Communion.  He was so happy to wear his suit, have his party and be welcomed into the sacrament of communion.  I was very proud to watch how grown up he was.  He truly grew right before our eyes, as he remained composed and focused on his day.

Both boys have been preparing for a Piano Evaluation, by memorizing 4 songs and matching scales of new complexity.  They are starting to create a nice portfolio of songs.  This week they performed for their evaluation and felt confident they gave a solid performance.  Results will be available Monday.  I am just happy to see their hard work and enjoyment for piano continue.  Music is such a gift and when you have the ability to hear the notes and understand the dynamics of a song... well then share that gift!

This week also marked the end of a unit study on Egypt.  With the help of another homeschooler, they read, studies, watched, researched many aspects of Egyptian Life.  Mostly focused on Ancient Egypt, they learned about a strong culture and influence of our current world.  They each took their interests and shared their findings with others in this final presentation and did really well.  Very nice to be a witness of their growth and learning along the way.

Tomorrow will mark the last swim lesson for this session.  Each one did exceptionally well, either passing to the next level or proving the necessary skills to maintain a high level of proficiency.  As a swim teacher, I am very happy to know they are both learning valuable skills and can learn from other teachers who have loved having them in their classes.  I also was able to pass a couple of students along in my beginning classes.  It is so nice to observe the growth and pride that comes with a new learned skill.  This particular skill is critical and life saving, so again, happy to be part of this process.

Lastly, our daddy started his new job, ended the old patterns that kept us wondering what if and when and started a new pattern of excitement and anticipation.  Mystikman is very happy in his new role and his excitement has actually made it easier for us to be apart when he is traveling, which is most of the time.  Luckily we can see him everyday via skype or facetime, so we are never really losing touch.  Technology has been a true life saver.  I did explain how lucky we were to have such advances.  When I retold the immigrant experience and how the daddy went ahead to find work, a home and then send back for his family... the boys realized this was certainly a better situation.  Additionally, they understand so many families are split up due to the armed services and other work situations.  When you think about where our daddy is... not so bad.  He is at luxury hotels, in a safe environment.  The alternatives could be much worse, so again counting our blessings!

Overall, a good week.  We have all grown much and in the process arrived at a different time and space.  How was your week in review?

07 May, 2012

Despite Challenges.....

Overwhelmed and wondering what I am doing with my life..... yes this is where I am at these days.  There has been so much to walk through lately.  Mystikman has taken a new position one in which he will be traveling.  If it was one of those jobs, that had him home on weekends, that we could live with okay.  But it isn't.  We will see him monthly it appears and that is a bit harder to swallow. 

The position is a great career move and hopefully one that will groom him for a fantastic job in 18 months.  This is why I agreed to support him and push him forward.  But this will most certainly give me a good solid taste of what single parents go through.  Not only as a single parent that carries the burden of parenting, but I will be the sole person managing the household duties and I still homeschool!  A lot to put on my plate actually, but I am not saying I want to send the boys to school.  I truly do enjoy their company and love watching them grow into the men they are turning into. 

With so much uncertainty as to what is next... I also feel as if I am floundering to find my own path.  What is it that I am being called to do?  I have so many interests, talents, skills and so on.  But which one is calling my name?  Where should I focus my attentions?  Do I have the right to ask these questions in light of this new challenge we are facing? 

Most certainly yes, I do.  We all must ask ourselves what pushes us forward, what stirs our passions and what gets us excited.  Too often we are not asking the question and stifle the thought.  But I dare to ask the question in light of this new challenge.  I dare to wonder what it is I am going to do with my life that I have left to live.  What will be my mark?

What is it that stirs your passion and drives you despite the challenges you face?