Transitions

April 11, 2013

This has been a season of transitions.

In February, we started homeschooling my son, while my daughter continues to attend our neighborhood school.  Over the past two weeks, my husband’s workplace has been prepped and he officially has his first full-day work-from-home today.  The baby has been considerate enough to wait until the work move was complete, but she’s due to show up any day.  (Hint, hint, baby girl……ANY DAY NOW.)

The basement has transitioned from a nice place to hang out to a room full of cardboard and packing trash alongside the sleek computer equipment.  We’re still figuring out what to get rid of and how to arrange what we keep….it will probably take awhile.  I have to recognize that this shift is huge and that it’s not going to be a showplace tomorrow.

The nursery has transitioned from being worthy of an episode of “Hoarders,” to being cute and ready to welcome a new arrival, back to–well, it’s still nothing like it was.  The sudden overwhelming urge to paint (surely we can get the room painted before the baby shows up!), though, has turned it back into a space clearly not ready for habitation.  Half the room is taped, half is not; I’ve spackled the walls and they’re now sporting a delightful calamine-lotion-on-chicken-pox look, and all the furniture is pushed to the middle of the room.  Again:  it’s not going to be a showplace tomorrow.  And it doesn’t matter; the baby will be sleeping in the bassinet in the master bedroom for weeks anyway.

I have to laugh as I look back on how I started this blog focused on simplifying my family’s life…..things have only gotten exponentially more complicated.  It’s hard to be faithful to writing and posting when I’m doing so much reading and researching on homeschool stuff, never mind the normal, day-to-day getting ready for baby.  (At nine-and-3/4-months pregnant, all I really want to do is sit down.)  I’m realizing, though, that even through all this, my ideas of “enough” and “simplifying” are continuing to be defined and clarified.  (A perfect example is when my daughter looked in the nursery and asked, “Is this all that’s going to be in here?”)

I have all sorts of posts swimming about in my head….maybe, as this time of transition starts to settle down just a little, I’ll be able to start writing more.  I realize that it will probably get worse before it gets better.  🙂

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5 Responses to “Transitions”

  1. kartwheels Says:

    I’m rooting for you! I laughed when I read the “calamine on chicken pox” colors 🙂 If you have the time and interest, I would love if you checked out my blog of kids projects and mom stuff. Sweet and safe birthing to you too!
    Cheers, Karen
    http://kartwheels.org/

  2. Janelle Says:

    Ah, life. It sneaks in there and messes with us! Those are transitions are many and it sounds like you have handled them with grace. Maybe all that simplifying you did prior to the changes helped navigate the changes? Post as often as you can! Can’t wait to hear the baby news!

    • jenfletcher Says:

      “Life is what happens when you’re making other plans,” right? I keep thinking of the posts you have written about life being “messy”–we’re living proof! 🙂

      It’s good babies take nine months to show up….it gives lots of time to adjust accordingly.


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