Welcome to Five Days of Return of the Routine! I’m so glad you are here. First of all, if you are a reluctant return of the routiner, take heart. Pin this series and stop back by later. Take what you need when you need it. (But really, this series is for you!)
The encouragement I offer these five days applies to getting back into a routine any time of year – whether it be after a summer break, a vacation, sickness or another reason. In all honesty, I am sharing these tips to not only help you, dear reader, but also to inspire myself to action.
I’m approaching this series like a ball game. Yes, I am a football fan and am anticipating fall. But I also know that no team would run out onto the field without preparation and a game plan.
So, to start our series I’m sharing an essential basic. This first step is the foundation. Because, often, if we skip this step, we find our routine quickly losing steam. Very first, and most important: What about your Mama heart?
You may still be feeling the weight of last year. Or you may be facing the overwhelming responsibility of the new school year. Allow yourself some rest. Pray that the Lord give you the motivation you need in the proper time. It will come. Don’t force it. Lean into Him and listen. Jesus set the example in getting away and getting with the Father. Step out of the urgent into the quiet, out of your regular spot. Look to the source of strength. (Luke 4: 42-43)
I share with you an article I reread each year. It’s one my friend Cassandra Frear shared over at Habits for a Happy Home. It gives you permission. Below is an excerpt but I hope you will click over and sink into her words of encouragement…
Rest, Mama. Rest a little longer than you need to. Still that nervous tick which makes you get up to clean the closet, or order the books, or put away shoes left out in the hall. Instead, when you awake each morning this week, notice the dance of green leaves outside your window, the small sounds of your children over breakfast, the rope of muscle cascading down your husband’s forearm, the warmth of a chuckle deep in his throat, and the feel of your bare feet on the floor. Savor your first cup like you have all the time of a lifetime. Let the flavor of your fresh fruit charge your senses. Listen to the music around you. Can you feel it? This is the sweetness of home.
—> Please read the remainder of Rest, Mama.
We are not going to plunge head first into a routine. We are going to baby step it. Still that feeling of overwhelm. Just rest for now. And as you rest, talk to the Lord about the coming year. Your dreams, your concerns. Place them all in His hands.
In repentance and rest you will be saved, in quietness and trust is your strength… Isaiah 30:15
Have you rested? Are you pulling last year’s burdens into this year? Overwhelmed with the responsibility of the coming year? Talk to Him about it. Rest in Him. Friends, before we can even begin to return to a routine we need to take the time to take care of ourselves.
Remainder of Return of the Routine: Tomorrow we’ll talk about how this restful time can also be inspirational for preparing, planning and goal setting. Other days this week we’ll build up to the game plan, talk about punting on the bad days and, of course, celebrating the touchdown.
- Day 1 – Rest
- Day 2 – Planning & Prep
- Day 3 – Feeding the Family
- Day 4 – Game Day – The Routine
- Day 5 – Punt or Touchdown?
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So, are you surprised we aren’t jumping right back into a routine?
Lauren A says
This is exactly what I needed to read this morning. Amazing how He put something in my Facebook feed that was just perfect for my season of life!
I’m so glad Lauren! I just love how He works.
Phyllis at All Things Beautiful says
Yes, I was expecting to see you guys back to school soon. I remembered that you get back to the routine in July.
Thanks Phyllis! Yes…while the humidity and mosquito biting are at their height. We’ll slowly start with a few subjects. We’ve been off since May…and aim to take most of December off. But more of that later this week 🙂
Thanks for the reminder! Looking forward to your posts this week. We are dabbling a bit in some ‘Summer School’ but will be starting up our official new school year soon.
Just what I need, Tricia! I just rested and now I am ready for the next step!
Any advice on starting the homeschool routine for the first time in your series??? For us, its kindergarten so our first “school” day routine ever! I’m wondering how to make the transition from 6 years of all day all play!
Oh how exciting Kimberly!! In all our years of starting little ones, we have found that we can do the ‘school work’ in about an hour. 15 minutes here, a fun break, fifteen minutes there, a snack… a read aloud in the afternoon or at bedtime. Just making it all a natural part of your day. We usually start with a Bible story, then spend time on the Math calendar. A K/1st grader is always excited about getting to ‘do school.’ Just major in the 3 Rs – reading, writing and arithmetic, go to the library and load up on books, get outside. Others may have other advice but that is what works best for us. I hope that helps. I’ll be sharing more detail on our routine – including our little ones – later in the week. We are building up to it!
P.S. here are a couple posts I’ve written on the subject: https://www.yourbesthomeschool.com/2012/04/helpful-homeschool-habits-for-multiple-ages/ and https://www.yourbesthomeschool.com/2011/09/helpful-habit-little-ones-first/
Oh this is so good and so timely. Resting is exactly what I have NOT been doing. My oldest son’s third grade test (state exam) is coming up in August and I haven’t been resting about that at all! No I have been anxious and stressed and I know if I don’t get a grip on it that my son will pick up on that. Thank you for the reminder to rest in the One Who promised rest.
Yes, His timing is perfect, isn’t it? Thanks Jennifer.