With Shiloh in Challenge A this year, our Christmas break was cut short.
The schedule for A makes it so that the kids have to do 4 days of work before the community day.
So, Shiloh needed to start her work on January 1st.
Neither of us wanted to do so.
Instead, we procrastinated until today.
Tomorrow is our community day.
We are not prepared for class.  I am not ready for Christmas break to be over.

It seems that all I did this year was work over the break.
It’s been a significant transition managing our own business.
It’s a huge blessing, but is also a huge demand.
We had weddings on the 29th and 31st and have 2 more on the 8th and 9th.
It’s good.  We are regularly giving tours and booking weddings.
In fact, we’re almost up to 50 weddings for next year.
It’s a good problem to have … but also creates exhaustion.

It seems that I’m either working on the business or schooling.
Blogging has become far less frequent and I find myself playing catch up, often entering 5 or 6 posts in one sitting, even adjusting the date to align with when events took place.
Now, for example, I’m writing on January 13th, but I’m writing about the 6th and the 7th.
So, I just change the date to align.

I’d like to find greater balance between the have to’s and the want to’s.
The business is a have to.  Blogging and hiking is a want to.
I find that the breaks are fewer and shorter.
It’s almost impossible to find time to just sit and be.
I don’t mean to complain.  I just know that I have to find greater balance or it will start to have a negative impact on me.  It’s already having a negative impact on our family life.
We can’t figure out when to take a day off.
When we are on the property, it’s very difficult to relax.
There’s always something that needs to be done.
I’ve had to ask Steve to commit to taking one day a week off to be with us.
Unfortunately, we haven’t found a routine there yet.

Ready or not, the next semester is beginning … and I have to give it my all.
I know I cannot do it in my own strength.
There but for the grace of God go I.
I will go and trust that He will meet me in my weakness and exhaustion.