Our first week of school of 2016 definitely did not go as planned.
Fail number 1: Orientation!
On Monday, I had planned on seeing my college kids financial aid advisor to get things finalized and pay an enrollment fee. “It’ll take 1 hour at most”, I said to my father in law as I left him with my girls in the morning. That would be just enough time to get their independent subjects done. When we arrived on campus, my daughter’s file was not ready, and were told we were late for new student orientation. We were quickly whisked off to get her student ID and ended up rushing home and back to school because she didn’t have any identification on her. In the end, we didn’t make it back home until 2:45PM, just 15 minutes before my afternoon shift started.
Fail number 2: No substitute
Tuesday was my “drive in to work day”. I normally work from home but I do drive in to the office every other Tuesday. No biggie since my husband is off, and takes over homeschooling duties. Wrong again, his work schedule changed, and I forgot to make a note of it. School didn’t start until very late in the evening when we were all home.
Other than trying to figure out what was missed the prior two days, Wednesday was a good day.
Fail number 3: Where’s Aria?
For weeks we had been looking forward to Thursday, because it was going to be our first time babysitting my 2 month old niece Aria. We don’t get to see her very much because as a first time mom, my sister has been extremely protective.
Chores were done early, school work had been reduced, lunch was going to be easy and dinner was likely going to be ordered in. The whole goal of the day was to squeeze in as much Aria time as possible. We rushed home after morning bible study, to find out that there was a change of plans, and Aria no longer needed a babysitter. We were disappointed to say the least.
Fail number 4: The Lab
On Friday, I had 2 Biology labs planned for my high schooler. I quickly read through the supply list the day before, wanting to make sure everything was available, and went to bed without a worry. The following day, as Kayla and her friend (who joins us for all labs) were getting ready to start, I was reminded the one of the labs had to be completed over a course of 3 days, so we had to reschedule.
In retrospect I now see the silliness of my frustration with the university on Monday, and at not getting school started until 5pm on Tuesday. I see the selfishness at my disappointment at not being able to spend time with Aria on Thursday, and I can tell myself “DUH” at my poor lab planning on Friday.
Things may not have gone my way, but my daughter is exited about college, my sister promised to let us watch Aria next Tuesday, and labs can always be re-scheduled.
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.”