Back to School

“Back to school” seems to be all the buzz these days.  Back-to-school sales fill our stores, kids have backpacks filled to the brim with new back-to-school supplies, and moms talk half excited and half sad about how their kids are going back to school.

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"Red Delicious" Fine Art Photograph by Erin Reynolds Photography on Etsy

“Back to school” has a little different meaning for us here at The Artists’ House. Since I quit my day job as a teacher last spring, in order to take care of my one-year-old daughter Monet and pursue other more creative ambitions,

for the first time since I can remember, I am not going back to school.

First as a student, and then as a teacher, the first day of school has been part of my yearly routine since I was three.  And while I’m not going back to school, my husband still is, and I suppose this is still a significant change for me.  Over the summer months, Josh and I shared child-care responsibilities for our daughter Monet.  When we weren’t traveling as a family, often Josh would watch Monet in the mornings giving me time to sew in my studio.  He also was a significant helper when it came to daily chores like watering the garden, getting groceries, cooking, and laundry.  But now that Josh is back to teaching, my responsibilities have increased significantly,

yet my ambitions have not calmed one bit.

Right this moment I sit in bed, typing with one hand, as I hold my precious, sleeping Monet (who woke prematurely) and I wonder how I’m going to manage it all.

Today’s assignment, set some goals and organize a plan.

What are your goals for this upcoming school year?

Now get back to class, teacher’s orders.

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6 observations on “Back to School
  1. Molly O'Bryon-Welpott

    I feel ya. My husband was unemployed for a year and I got very used to having the help. He went back to work Praise God about 6 weeks ago and I have felt like pulling my hair out at times, mine both start school one week from today and I am going to miss them but I am anxious to get going:)
    Just remember DONT be hard on yourself or put to much pressure if you dont get to your work on a day because you get caught up in playing or such, its a very short season of life and you wont regret a moment. I feel bad looking at sometimes when my kids wanted to play and I had grown up things to do. I chose to stay home and work from home so I could be with them, but sometimes my mind wondered onto creating:) but thats mommy guilt, which is also NOT good, I am going to get cracking on my back to school list! Thanks for the inspiration:)

    1. Angela

      Thank you for this awesome comment Molly! Your advise was very sound, I couldn’t agree more, “its a very short season of life and you wont regret a moment”. Absolutely! The way I figure it, is family comes first. I know my “business ambitions” will eventually get done. Bit by bit, I chip away each day. Right now I just feel so lucky to be home with Monet, to be her main care taker, and yet also contribute financially to our family. And on top of all of that, every day during Monet’s nap, I get to feed the creative side of me that is always so hungry. Really, I feel like the luckiest mom out there 🙂

  2. Whatever DeeDee Wants

    That’s exciting that you are able to stay home with Monet. I love being a stay at home mom 🙂 Although, I am constantly writing and rewriting my list of things to do each day. With a toddler it can change instantly.

    1. Angela

      I am so lucky! We’ve had a fun couple days. I love the routine that is naturally falling in place. And my husband is pretty supportive and so that helps. A lot of times he scoops Monet up the second he walks in the door, giving me an extra hour or so to sew before we start the dinner/bedtime routine. Really, I feel so blessed!

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