We started school yesterday, August 11, 2015. On a Tuesday. Why? Basically, because we could.

As a homeschooling family, we have flexibility. Flexibility to choose our start and end dates. Flexibility to sleep in. Flexibility to do school in the evening. Flexibility to take a mental break day when necessary. It’s wonderful and it suits our family.

This morning, we attended an orientation for Classical Conversations, which we are starting next week. We’re new to CC, so it will be an adjustment for us. I am excited about the change — and so is Lil’ K. She met some of her classmates today (all boys, all very rambunctious), but I think she will do just fine. There is one other girl expected to join the group once classes start next week.

As much as I love the lazy, carefree days of summer, it’s nice to have some semblance of a routine again. After her studies, we have been going out to do something physical. Yesterday, as I went walking, Lil’ K brought her scooter out to ride alongside me. Today, we went walking and practiced riding her bike (sans training wheels — she’s still trying to get the hang of it). During our walk, she enjoyed climbing all over this moss rock retaining wall. She enjoyed pretending that she was climbing a mountainside. I love seeing her climbing, running, jumping, and just enjoying the beautiful outdoors.

We were blessed with a gorgeous day. The clouds created beautiful patterns in the sky.

Being outdoors is as good for me as it is for Lil’ K. Even though I really have to psyche myself up to leave the comfort of our home, I always feel wonderful once I am outside. It is my goal to exercise for at least an hour each day. For me, it’s a matter of managing my Meniere’s Disease. For Lil’ K, it’s about nurturing a healthy, active lifestyle and an appreciation for nature.

I love new beginnings, especially the start of a new school year. In those beginnings, they hold such promise and opportunity. May we slow down long enough to seize those opportunities to enjoy our moments together and cultivate an attitude of gratitude for the many blessings we have.

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