Not only do I think that February is the hardest time to be a stay-at-home mom to little kids, but I can now add hardest time to be a homeschool mom. I have been in the WORST funk for the last month or so! It actually started in January for me. Exactly two years into our homeschool journey. It seems to be a trend among my homeschool mama friends. The two year mark seems to be a hurdle for lots of us. I gave serious consideration to marching right up to the local school and enrolling them virtually every other day.
To be honest, I’m not sure what our homeschool journey holds for us right now. I have been in a lot of prayer on the matter but waffle on the subject from day to day. To make things worse, the funk coincided with the hardest time of year for me to be at home. So, I decided not to make any final decisions until spring has arrived and settled in.
Eventually, I realized that part of what made my funk so particularly ugly is that I haven’t really been doing anything for myself. I’ve been all about the homeschool, our co-ops, or the kids’ activities. I had failed to schedule things that rejuvenate me. One of the things that I enjoy is crafting. Scrapbooking, card making, rubber stamping, paper crafting, anything that I can come up with. Recently, I found myself in my craft room to prepare for a day of much needed crafting with a friend. I really didn’t want to go, but she really did and I knew she wouldn’t go without me. Plus I hadn’t seen enough of her lately. So, I went. No creative juice was flowing – at all.
Just the act of packing things up to go to the crop helped me some. Being among other crafters helped some. Looking at the new Stampin Up and CTMH catalogs helped. After the crop, I found myself making excuses to go spend a little time here or there in my craft space. (I’ve had to set up in the unfinished basement.) Just organizing some of my stash made me feel better. And then I did something crazy. I decided to become a Stampin Up demonstrator! It will only be a hobby for me but it’s an excuse to get together with some of my crafty buddies and make things. Something in my life that is just for ME. I have no idea how long I’ll be able to remain a demonstrator but I have every intention of scheduling craft time for myself from now on!
Just for fun, I made a video of what it was like to open my Stampin Up box when it arrived. Here it is if you think it’d be fun to see.