We feel like our family is spending too much time doing things that are not helping us reach our most important goals.
It was time to SIMPLIFY!!
Our kids are involved in a lot of things - and they are good things.
The problem is, sometimes you have to choose between GOOD and BETTER.
Gospel, Family, Music and Academics are our top priorities, so that made it a little easier to decide what needed to go.
I decided to change lessons around and let some (non-motivated) students go.
That means we have less discretionary money, but more time together in the evenings.
Obviously there's nothing we can do about school and classes, but if I'm more available to help younger kids with homework in the evenings, Dave can focus on helping the older kids.
As a family we decided the oldest girls would stay in youth symphony, but Adriana and Mariah would stop doing junior symphony and after-school strings. They still practice at home, and I am more aviailable to help them practice. This will free up money, and 2 afternoons!
Annalisa will continue in gymnastics, and Mariah will continue in clogging - but because I shifted my schedule around, Dave also shifted his schedule around so he could take them. This allows him to spend some quality time with his girls in the afternoon also.
Akayla chose to be in Century Singers this year, and she is really focusing on preparing for music scholarships , the ACT, and college - so the thing she has to let go is clogging.
So much praying and crying.....
She loves clogging, but she is struggling to keep up with the things that are the most important.
And it's not that clogging isn't important - it's just not going to help her prepare for college.
Unfortunately some people have been hurt by these decisions.
Some of my students, the junior symphony director, and Akayla's clogging teacher.
But we have to do what is best for ourselves and our family.
I hope the ache Akayla has feels better soon, and that her beautiful smile comes back - it was really hard to hurt her teacher!
freshly vacuumed carpet