In closing out some photo folders from the first part of our school year, I couldn't help but to pause with gratitude and awe. The teen years are truly an amazing time to homeschool, it can feel like college in a very "the world is your oyster" sort of way, with the bonus of us parents (mostly) coming along for the ride, unlike college.
In addition to her (not so photo-worthy) academics, Emily has had countless opportunitties to grow, learn, volunteer, be challenged, explore, give back, and so much more. Adam and I try to say 'yes' to as much as we can... while staying mindful not to allow our cups to run over, leaving the three of us feeling depleted. There is never a shortage of amazing opportunities, there is only a shortage of time.
I'm happy with (and dare I say proud of) this funky little life we're creating, and feel a certain kind of peace looking at these photos. I can only dream of the memories we'll look back on come springtime. But for now, these moments are everything, and I couldn't ask for anything more.