How would you like to take a little trip down memory lane with me? This morning I was going through a few old computer disks and found a piece I had written for our homeschool cooperative newsletter, oh, so very long ago. We were the “featured family” and this is a peek into our homeschool day, 10 years ago:

Hi! We are the Wasson Family of Sacred Heart Academy.  We are a Catholic home schooling family of seven children. Our family consists of Roger and Kimberly Wasson, otherwise known as dad and mom, and the children: Ashley – 18, Caitlin – 14, Meredith – 10, Zachary – 6, Joseph – 3, Michael – 23 months and baby Maximilian – one month old! Here is a day in our life as seen by mom:

6:00 a.m. – No, I never get up this early – Max nursed every two hours last night and I’ve had less than six hours sleep in the last 48 hours…might as well stay up. I guess I’ll mop the kitchen and put in a load of laundry – after 2 ½ months of bed rest, it’s actually a blessing to be able to do these things.
6:30 a.m. – Done! Coffee’s on and Max is still sleeping. I’ll grab a cup and my Bible – time to fuel the tank!
7:00 a.m. – Girls are up and are they crabby! Ashley irons Dad’s shirt, while Caitlin packs his lunch. Meredith tidies the classroom. The sisters insult one another during these chores and receive a little biblical instruction on the perils of using “careless words” 8:00 a.m. Max is up and nursing.
8:30 a.m. – Joseph is up and having breakfast. Class begins for the girls – Winston Grammar for Cait and Mere, Traditional Logic for Ashley. Another load of laundry is washing and drying – we’ll do five today just to keep ahead.
9:00a.m. Michael is up. Ashley gives him breakfast and dresses him, while Mom packs a diaper bag and Cait dresses Max. Max and Michael have a doctor appt.
Caitlin will take the log from here until Mom’s return:
9:30– Zach is up and has breakfast. He starts on Math and Joseph is working on his “Colors” book.
10:00 a.m.– Zach is doing handwriting and Joseph is on his second page of “Colors”.
10:30 a.m.– Zach and Joseph are doing phonics “Sing Along” on the computer. Meredith has chosen to do her recreational reading and Caitlin is working on her Baltimore Catechism.
11:30 a.m. – Mom is home and the house is tidy…thanks girls! Picked up lunch to save time – we ask for our Lord’s blessing and everyone eats.
12:00 p.m. – Michael is down for his nap – time to nurse Max again! Caitlin and Meredith continue to work on their Baltimore Catechism and Ashley has decided to work exclusively on Logic today. Zach and Joseph play with a 6 volt battery and a fan motor, while Mom is occupied with Max.
12:30 p.m. – Mom and Zach begin History – The Saints. Joseph interrupts several times and is taken to Mom’s room for a nap.
1:00 p.m. Joe is asleep and Mom gives Mere and Cait their Spelling Power daily review tests – Max is very fussy, making it difficult for the girls to hear Mom recite their words.
1:30p.m.– Mom and Zach begin Catechism – Jesus and the Cross.
1:40p.m.-Mom, Mere and Cait begin Greek History “Draco and Solon”, while Zach looks over his new weather unit for Science.
2:00p.m. Mom and Zach begin Science and go outside to observe the weather.
2:15p.m. – Ashley is finished with a week’s Logic and Zachary is finished for the day.
Michael is up from his nap, and Max is ready to nurse.
Mere and Cait will both work on a Science review test and will finish up on their Math.
3:00p.m.– Joseph is up and Mom drills Meredith on her multiplication facts.
3:30p.m. SCHOOL is OUT!! Time to tidy up – everyone pitches in.
Free time for everyone!
4:30p.m.-Mom starts a chicken to bake and Ash peels potatoes– Joe, Michael and Zach go outside – Ash goes with them.
5:00 p.m. – Max nurses again and supper is cooking – now we wait for dad!
6:30p.m.– Daddy’s home! Table is set and dinner will be served shortly.
7:30p.m. – Baths for the boys and pj’s. Girls clear the table and Mom loads the diswasher.
8:00p.m. – Bedtime for boys – we all breathe a sigh of relief. Mom and Dad get a little quality time. Meredith takes off for the shower, and Caitlin heads for the computer.
9:00p.m.– Dad is really tired – heads for bed. Mom and Ashley must pick up a few things from Walmart – Mom nurses Max before leaving. 10:00p.m. – Mom and Ashley return – Max is very fussy. Mom sends girls off to their rooms to read, etc. before they go to bed and tidies up around the house. Mom puts in a final load of laundry. The house is quiet – only Mom and Max are up.
11:00p.m. – Max is still up! Mom says her prayers and prepares to do everything again…tomorrow!

Wow…what a difference 10 years makes! When I see it in print it seems exhausting…and I had two more children within the following 3 years! Things are significantly easier and our school day is not nearly so long thanks to combined classes and years of discovering what works and what doesn’t.  I’ve been asked many times by young mothers:  “how did you do it when you had so many little ones at home?”  Like the pains of childbirth, our Lord is merciful and difficulties were and are hard to recall and I’ve often felt my answers were of no help whatsoever.  “Perseverance and prayer!”  that was and is my standard reply.  But now I have a “snapshot” for you!   I’m glad that I chronicled a day in our life so very long ago…I think perhaps it’s time to do an update…and I will…as soon as we get started with the new school year!