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                      New goals, blank pages, fresh starts, these gifts of September are not only for those returning to school.  I'm claiming them for myself too.  I love this time of year.  Tomorrow is the first day of school for my kids, a third grader and an eighth grader.  In many ways we're coming full circle.  Both kids will be back at home for learning, for the first time in three years.  The difference now, is in my own level of confidence, in the rightness of this choice for our family at this time.  The funny thing with being a parent though, is just when you think you're finally "getting it", the kids move on to a new stage and the learning starts again.  I hope the confidence is here to stay though, because I like it.  Perhaps it's a benefit of getting older?  

 Speaking of getting older, my daughter will be going to public high school next year.  The whole idea of what this means has put a bit of fire beneath me, to stop procrastinating on the important things.  Because if I'm old enough to have a high school student, well then, maybe I'm not so young anymore.  So I feel kind of quiet lately, as I sort out those things in my head, and as I start taking those first steps towards doing those important things. {via}

  Finally, I leave you with a picture of last night's dinner.  Because it was good, and healthy.  And because I'm one of those weird people who take pictures of my food.  I'm tired of being on diets.  I've been on one sort of diet or another since January.  This one was from the Perricone diet.  I'llbe glad when eating healthy isn't something that I have to think so hard about all the time.  I just want it be a natural way of how I eat.  I keep going back to formal diet plans because it's easier to have someone else tell me exactly what to eat and when.  Of course, I get bored with the plan after awhile and start looking for the next one to try.  Which is how I started with homeschooling, now that I think about it....following other people's plans/curriculums, thinking about it all the time, until it finally became natural and the confidence was there.  It just took time.  I imagine that healthy eating is the same way.  I'll get there.  



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Reader Comments (7)

I like this post Dawn. More of yourself coming out. Good luck with school tomorrow. You will be great! I noticed that some of your pins have a diet theme. It is confusing isnt it? I think that we know way deep down how we should eat, but you are right, it is easier having someone else tell us what to do. Another thing that you said is also very true, with age comes wisdom and for sure you are getting there. :)
Have a nice week.

September 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

I know what you mean about how your dd going to public school lights a fire under you. All of a sudden the realisation that her homeschool education is *really* going to matter in the world out there ... that you have such a huge responsibility to set her up for public school success ... it's intimidating but also exhilirating too. And you've always done such a great job of educating your children.

Your dinner looks delicious, I never would have thought to put strawberries on that plate but I can imagine it must have been nice.

September 3, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersarah

this just may be on of my favorite post of yours. i have abandoned all diets - I just eat healthy whole foods when I am hungry. kids in high school is a big thing - but you are not getting older - just wiser :)

September 3, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdenise

To me this post is all about growth, wisdom and confidence – for you... the children... life. It seems to me that you've got this and it's going to be a great year. :-)

September 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTara

Funny - just the other day, I think it was last week, I thought the same thing: I'm tired of following plans. I'm just going to start eating. Wisely, but choosing for taste at the moment along with nutrition and health figured in. Your confidence has been growing for years - and it's founded in your thought and preparation. I watch you build your ideas and philosophies, decorating them with your delight in the details, and I am not surprised at your feeling, nor am I a whit worried about your competence to take on this year's education. I see you recognizing that families are dynamic - always changing, and headed for the day when the children are ready to fly off - and I see you grabbing gloriously at these years, filling them with joy and wonderful experiences. In the end, you will not say, "Where did the time go with these children I love?" because you will KNOW where it went; you were there.

September 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterK

Michelle- Thank you. I appreciate your kindness. I hope you have a great week too!
Sarah- Yes, high school seems so close to adulthood. I want to make sure that we don't waste the precious time that is left.
Denise- From the looks of your food pictures, it seems you always have the most delicious/healthy food coming out of your kitchen!
Tara- Thank you. Yes, it's going to be a great year. : )
Kristen- You are so encouraging, thank you. I hope you're right! I don't want to be asking where the time went. I do want to know. I do want to be there with them.

September 5, 2012 | Registered CommenterDawn

That dinner looks fabulous. Yum!!

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