Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Now, where was I?

Whew!  Has it really been an entire school year since I last posted?  Where has all the time gone?

Well, I'll tell you.

1.  Senior-itis.  Having a senior is, well, amazing.  I know I'll feel this way with all the others, but somehow watching your oldest go from being a self-centered child to a self-giving young adult in 18 years is nothing short of breathtaking.  After weeks of parties, bonfires, and hanging out until the wee hours with friends, she's all ready to go to off to college.  At this moment she's on another mission trip to South Africa.  I could not be more humbled that God saw fit to let me - impatient and imperfect - be her mother.  Behold the Lord's handiwork.

2. Work-itis.  I resigned my school nurse job at the end of this school year.   I do believe God miraculously used this job three years ago (has it been that long?!) to provide for our family at a time when we needed it most, and I am thankful.  I worked with an amazing group of believers, and I love my little patients, but - being the one-ring-circus girl that I am - I needed to regain my sanity make a change. This fall I will be working a couple of days a week teaching a class at the community college, and probably doing some home care.  


3.  The Rest of Life.  Right now I feel a little scattered, going from 100 miles an hour to almost zero in a matter of weeks.  Where do I start?   I am plugging away at finding which way is up, cleaning closets and going through papers that have piled up over the last three years, while driving kids to sports camps, doctor appointments, and trying to keep everyone fed with anything but Ramen and Mac N Cheese.

I think I say this every summer, but this one especially, since I will have another senior next year (great family planning, I know!).  I will have kids in FOUR schools (if you count college) next year.  This last year I had more than my share of "oopses" - missed dental appointments, games, bills, etc., etc., etc.  If I were ever proud of being organized, the sheer number of things to remember (or forget, as the case may be) has kept me humbly begging forgiveness.  A lot.

4.  Pondering.  I am blessed.  Sometimes I forget that.  This new season of life is crazy-busy in a way that's different from the last one.  Remember how it feels when your toddler is  this close to being potty trained?  You know it's coming, and every now and then you get little (dry) glimpses of what your life will be like diaper-free.

Well, that is what it is like having three teens, a pre-teen and an eight-year-old in the house.  Sometimes they are all getting along, telling each other how much they love each other, and I think, "Wow, this is awesome!  I must be such a great parent!" And then the next minute they are arguing over who gets the last of the Cocoa Krispies, or whose turn it is on the computer, or do you really need a logical reason to argue? And the next thing you know, someone is running crying out of the room.  It is exhilarating and frustrating and wonderful and irritating and deflating all at the same time.  It keeps me focused on Jesus, not my ability to do it all right.  I keep loving them and trusting Him, Who knows the end from the beginning, and whose children they are in the first place.  



If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself.
2 Timothy 2:13

13 comments:

Rachel said...

Can't believe they're so grown up!! We've missed you guys.

Jennifer Bell said...

Well written! Glad to see a post from you :) What a busy, blessed life you lead. . .

Debbie said...

I had too many "oopses" to count this year, too. Does keep a person humble. Thanks for this peek into my future. I will be in your shoes in 3 years. My oldest is almost 15 and the "baby" is almost 5. Wow, time flies, doesn't it? I always appreciate your godly perspective Katherine. I've missed you. Blessings to you and your family.

Jeane` said...

I am so so so grateful I landed on Raising Five. I am drinking in your words like an ice cold glass of mint tea on a hot day!

I am currently working on a Grad party on Saturday for my precious 17 year old step son. On Friday, my daughter turns five. Two weeks later, my son turns six. So I will have two five-year-old's in the house for a bit. Not to mention my "little hurricane", the three-year-old daughter who gives me all my gray hairs and will prevent me from EVER penning a parenting book (not that I have the remotest desire to)...and to round it all out, 2 year old twins who will turn age three in October. So, yes, we gave birth to five children in three years.

Let me tell you, I. WILL. BE. BACK. HERE. and often, to read all that I have missed. It's like drinking Hope!

Warmly,
Jeane`

Susanne said...

Well hello there! So nice to see you post. I too had a senior this year. My last one! Yikes. Enjoy your time slowing down a bit and enjoying your family.

joyceandnorm said...

Welcome back to the blogosphere! =)

Brian and Nicole said...

I have missed your post. I had found you a little over a year and have missed post. Welcome back.

Rachel said...

In case I forgot to tell you, we're now raising five too. :)

Anonymous said...

Raising five 5mos, 2yrs, 6yrs, 10, yrs, and 12 yrs and trying to run a salon I feel spread too thin

Keisha Evans said...

Raising 5 and my brain feels like scrambled eggs really

jillian said...

Hello! Just wanted to send you a little hello from China.... I'm still so grateful for your words as I review your shelter post again....

may Christ be your hope and peace and strength and fortress in this season-

jill k

VandenBerg Family said...

I just happened upon your blog when I googled "five kids." I have 4 and am uncertain about what's next...maybe a 5th, maybe not. I wanted to see what popped up. I so appreciate the things you write about. They are so real! I can relate to a lot of it!! I laughed because my big kids know I cry their first day of school every year! Thanks. I'll be checking back every now and then.

Jen T. said...

I've read almost every blog you ever wrote, so I'm not sure what led me to check on it today. Glad to see a post from 2013 and I'll wait for a check in during 2014. We have four children(oldest in only 12) and the wisdom I read from you over the years has been invaluable!