This thing called being a parent is the most exhilarating thing I've ever done in my life. It is also the hardest. I love being a stay at home mom. But, wow, it takes a lot of energy.
For perspective on what it's like to be a mom over here, I thought I'd share the hardest thing for me right now in this stage.
THERE'S NOTHING TO DO HERE! Life is boring! There's not many places to go! Only two places in our town for take out in a pinch! Just as the scale tips towards "life is difficult here", it also balances out because this is a wonderful place to raise a family! I'm so glad my kids get to grow up on a farm. But I do miss the public library, the zoo, the park, museums, and the drive thru.
I had to get serious about a schedule for Liesl and I. I've been holding my breath until January because I'd assumed that I would resume homeschooling my two nieces. Apparently, I don't have to pick that task up again for the forseeable future. (I was sort of wondering how I was going to juggle that along with my two kids in my tiny house. So, it is a welcome relief.) Now, the year stretches before me and I know I need to have a schedule to make our days productive and to keep us both sane!
I'm going to loosely try a bit of pre-schooling just to keep her active. Just today, she said her memory verse for the first time by herself. That's a great step for a two year old!
We do go to the capitol city once a month which is fun. And, we sometimes have play dates with other little friends. My friend from Germany with her two kids (almost the exact age as mine) is back in town. There's a new farmer's wife with a little baby in town. And I'm giving some thought into starting a bimonthly (or monthly) 2's and 3's play group for learning. There's so many littles in our town because there's such a large ngo and missionary community here. So! Lots to look forward to and work toward. It just takes planning and thought. Any advice or ideas are so welcomed!!