As strange as this may sound, I still can't believe we have lived in this house for a full seven months already; it still all feels so new and unbelievable that God would take us from the 900 square foot apartment we (and five children) lived in just two and a half short years ago to THIS. It is beyond what we ever thought we'd have, to be honest, and it's *just about* everything we've dreamed of for our family. We just never get tired of saying how absolutely giddy with gratitude we are for the opportunity to set our family's roots down here, and for the provisions God has made not only for Pete's job, but for the desires of our hearts. It is humbling to think that our piddly little prayers were actually answered with a resounding "Absolutely, and then some"!!
With August only a day and a half away and talk of back-to-school sales, tax holidays, and all manner of things school-related, I am being made ever more aware of a blessing in this house that God really saw fit to shock my socks off with--a space we have never had before--a real, dedicated school room! FINALLY, a place for all that STUFF!!!!
Our homeschool journey began in yet another one of those 900-square-foot apartments in Germany, twelve years ago. We only had two children, but that space was still pretty tight; especially when you consider that our dining room doubled as our school room AND our mock-office. Believe it or not, our current kitchen is bigger than that dining room was. Yet somehow, we fit a dining room table, four chairs, a computer desk, and four bookshelves in it. We've not really had much more space for our home school "stuff" since then; we had a wee bit more space in the duplex we lived in on base before we bought this house, but it was still a shared space, combined with the girls' playroom.
Not so anymore. It used to be a "formal" dining room, but we use what was previously the informal den (with a fireplace) for our dining room, so we have space to spare! True, I do keep my scrapbooking supplies and some other craft items in our school room, but it's a room I've just fallen in love with, and Pete already knows not to even bother asking if the room will ever serve a "manly" purpose.....I'm going to be just a bit selfish and claim this room as MY territory to use for a library, school room, craft space....oh, all things girly. He'll be okay; he's got his office space complete with a "me" wall in the bonus room.