For the past two years I have put together our family’s schedule much like one puts together a puzzle, by first placing the edge pieces of Jonathan’s class and work schedule, and fitting everything else around it. This semester, however, it’s a whole new puzzle and the firm edge pieces are a little trickier. The mackerdoodle has school, I have 2 jobs, and Jonathan has a class schedule plus church meetings. Add the fact that we are a single car family and the puzzle is feeling a little more like a 1000 piece 3d than the flat 50 piece beginner I was doing this time last year.
That being said, when it all comes together, the picture is a far more appealing one. We have more family time, Jonathan has more studying time and gets to grow his beard back (!), the mackerdoodle LOVES school and I love my jobs. When I’m at work, Jonathan is at home, so I can go to school, get paid to help 5 year olds glue paper and come home to a freshly mopped floor, or a scrubbed bathroom (true story). We’re working out the details of who does what, when, but the ability to even have those discussions is a blessing I didn’t think we would see during seminary.
So normal is redefined once again, but our new normal is feeling a whole lot better than the old one.