Sorry not to post earlier, but it’s been a busy few weeks! Last week I was on a 7-day hiking trip (more on that in the next post) but the start of the school year also kept me busy. It made me reflect that being a mom (or dad) really is a full time job. I’m not exactly sure how I manage to balance my two full-time jobs when I’m not on sabbatical, or maybe, as my Dad always says, tasks expand to fill the time you have to do them. In either case getting everyone’s school supplies, right sized shoes (how could the boys go up 2 sizes this summer??), bus schedule, etc. seemed to take up a lot of time. It was great to have the extra time to walk with Lucy to school on her first day of 3rd grade, touch base with the boys’ teachers, and so on.
The other novelty of being on sabbatical is having weekends — the same two days off as my husband, family, and friends. We’ve been taking advantage of that in many ways. Labor Day weekend, we gathered with my parents and brothers at our cabin in New Hampshire. It was great to have the whole family together. The next weekend, I was able to join in a women’s hiking weekend for the moms of my sons’ boy scout troop. In October, Dave will take advantage of my weekends off to visit his Mom in Seattle for her birthday, and to go to some overnight professional conferences. And I’m going to go to a weekend-long Girl Scout leader training so I can continue to help out with Lucy’s Brownie troop.
None of this, thought, is really “sabbatical-y” stuff. As September gets underway, I’m reminding myself that it’s necessary to protect my time for prayer and study, just like during the rest of the year. I remember from my last sabbatical that something like email can really take up too much time if you let it. So, I learned to limit my computer time to an hour each day and leave the rest of the day for my sabbatical studies. Clearly, I’m going to have to set some limits this time, especially with household duties and school activities. On the other hand, it is nice to have lots of extra time with the kids.