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Each day starts the same. A thump. Hopefully some giggles. Occasionally a wail. And then I open the door and let them out.
I see droopy diapers and runny noses and messy hair. So I deal with the droopy diapers and runny noses. The hair... well, that just depends on whether we're going somewhere. One climbs in her booster and announces "eat eat" while the other goes to the fridge and says "mi, mi."
We get breakfast, then they get down to play, and I see dirty dishes. Food in the floor. Lack of clean clothes. So I tackle those tasks while they play dump the toys. Eventually, it's naptime, and I see toybox explosion, and a lack of dinner prep, and exhaustion. So sometimes I deal with what needs to be done, and other times I spend their nap studying the insides of my own eye lids.
And so every day goes... seeing immediate needs, and dealing with them. Not a bad thing. But sometimes, I remember there's a bigger picture. Sometimes, I realize just how quickly time is slipping by. I blinked and she's two. I'll blink again and the unborn son inside me will be two. A few more blinks, and they'll be in school. And then gone.
And what will I have seen each day? Will I only see the dishes, the laundry, the clutter? Mostly nutritious meals, keeping them reasonably clean, providing developmentally appropriate toys... yeah, got that. But what about other things? Like actually preparing them for life?
That comes in bits and pieces throughout the day. Every moment has a learning opportunity. But am I so focused on the here and now survival that I forget to see the bigger picture of what I actually want them to learn?
So here I sit, waffling on clicking the order button. Can I commit to this? I don't want to spend my money and then have a workbook sit on the shelf and not actually do it. But will it help me remember the bigger picture? That each day is more than just survival. That each day is a step towards adulthood. Where they'll need to know that God is love, and He is risen, and that we are to give thanks with a grateful heart. Where they'll need to know their ABC's which might require a bit more intentional teaching than I normally give. Where they'll remember more than just mom constantly saying no, stop that, don't do that, but also Bible stories, story books, crafts and activities we do together. Fun and learning together. More than just survival.
Maybe. I hope. So do I take the plunge and commit to seeing the bigger picture?