What a Difference a Year Makes

The roles in my life have changed drastically over the last year. I went from working full-time as a teacher to being a stay-at-home mom. I’m still working to find balance in the third month of the new school year. (Yes I still measure the year by the school calendar, even though I’m not teaching this year.)

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Rachel McPeek Challenge Team

Today, for example, I feel like I have not stopped all day long, but looking around, I couldn’t tell you what I actually accomplished. I know I picked up the living and dining rooms, vacuumed both rooms, took the kids to the library and made lunch, and didn’t turn the computer on until long after my son was napping, but looking around I can’t see much (beyond the full library bag) that shows I finished any of the tasks I started.

It doesn’t help that I have a whirlwind who follows me around and pulls out toys as fast as I can put them away.

It’s funny. I had this vision that I would have so much more time to clean the house, cook dinner and even scrapbook when I was home full-time. But in reality, I don’t spend all that much more time on any of those tasks on any given day… I just don’t have to spend my whole weekend doing those things.

What I do spend more time doing is talking to my 9-year-old daughter, chasing my toddler, and relaxing with my husband. I know I could juggle it all just as well when I was working and had done it for the last decade. This is the first time in 10 years that I have known I would be home for the whole school-year (not just the period between moves or while waiting for a job to open up).

Current Photos

Through all of this though, my philosophy of life and maintaining priorities has remained the same. I do not stress about making sure the dishwasher is emptied every day or that the beds are made, because to me, these are trivial things that I can easily catch up on when there is time.

I was catching the important things when I was working, but now I’m able to keep them in the center of my focus while they are still young. I don’t know how long I will be able to stay home. It may only last this one year, it may continue until my son is in elementary school, but however long I have with them, I am doing my best to cherish them and create good memories so we can remember these good times when they are older. (And of course I’m scrapping those memories along the way!)

Flashback Photos

But as I watch my little boy grow and then turn to look at his older sister, I realize how quickly time passes.

I was searching for pictures to use in my calendar for next year and came across these gems, taken just about a year ago. I can’t believe how much changes in one year. A year ago, we were in the middle of a move, living in an empty house. Now we are settled, with most of our things unpacked.

I look at these older photos and am struck by how young both kids look compared to today. My priority this year is to take time to focus on what is important and catch these little changes.

 

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