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. 🙂