I don’t always do so well with change. I like change, but only when I can control it. That doesn’t happen very often. Usually with change, comes things that are completely out of my control.
Now, this doesn’t mean that I can’t do anything to prepare for change. I can try to manage the change by doing as much to prepare for it as well as try to limit the unknown by controlling what I can. Unfortunately, there are always those parts of change that I can’t control.
This just about describes my life recently. Let me explain.
New School Year - Just like you all, we have started our new school year. Every school year is different and unique. I try to plan and prepare as much as I can to make the new school year an easier transition. This year I have a 7th grader and a 2nd grader. Just between you and me, 7th grade is out of my comfort zone. I’m most comfortable with the younger grades. It’s not just the curriculum level, which blows my mind sometimes, but it’s the attitude that comes with this age. Our son is a good kid. He’s kind and considerate and generally wants to make good decisions. Then hormones get thrown into the mix and it’s like an alien has replaced our son. We started later than we normally do, as well, so that has really hard to deal with. See my post on Year ‘Round Homeschooling for more on our “usual” schedule.
New Home - My husband has been in ministry for the past 16 years. That’s been our entire married life! 2 months after we were married, he decided that he wanted to go to school to be able to be in full time ministry. We started ministry where we were from in Arizona. From there we moved to Indiana and then to Oregon. Last month, he resigned from his position as the preacher in Oregon and we decided to move back to live close to family in Arizona. That is why we started homeschool later this year…we were in the middle of a move. We are happy to be back and know that this was the right decision, but that doesn’t stop there from being a ton of change and new things to get used to. For one, we are no longer living in our own home, but live in an apartment. Now, I have nothing against apartments. We chose a really nice one and we are happy here, but it’s just not the same as owning your own home. Parking is weird (and hard to find at times), there are noises from the tenants above us, and we can’t do some of the updates that we would have done if this was our own home. Anyways, it’s a nice place to live, but it’s still different and we need to get used to how life happens here.
New Way of Life - As I mentioned above, my husband resigned from his ministry position. He is no longer in ministry and so that has been completely different for us to get used to. He has a different schedule (with less hours!), gets paid differently (hello direct deposit!), and has had to transition to a completely different type of position. This has been difficult for him to transition out of the full time ministry mind-set to hourly office work. He likes what he is doing, it’s just different. Another way that life is new is that we live near family again. This has been great! We get to go visit grandparents during the day and get to complete some of our school with them. This has been wonderful all around! It gives me a break, I get support, and our boys get to have Grandma and Grandpa as teachers, not just Mom. That is so cool!
Throughout all of this change in our lives lately, I have to remember:
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
No matter what I’m going through and the change that I am dealing with, I can always depend on Jesus being the same. He never changes. Thank goodness!