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Monday, August 29, 2011

homeschooling...




Like so many, it is something I never thought I'd do. Frankly, it's not something I had ever heard much about until moving to Lancaster 9 years ago with our then, 2 children in 5th and 6th grades. Here we are 9 years later, 2 more children 7 and 1.


We homeschooled dd7 through preschool, I wrestled with the idea of Kindergarten and we wound up sending her. As it turned out I learned I was pregnant that fall. Go knows, pregnancy is hard for me. I know that is why she went to Kindergarten that year. She was home for first grade with her infant sister and we began 2nd grade this morning.

Sometimes I have doubts about homeschooling, like today, as I peeked out the front window and saw the Moms chatting after all their little ones had left on the bus. I asked/prayed, are you sure Lord that you wouldn't want my time freed up so I could do other things...? I felt a little tinge of jealousy as I thought about those Moms going into there quiet, soon to be spotless homes with the day spread out before them all to themselves to do what they wanted. (Yes, I know that is a total exaggeration-it just felt like that)

Then, I recalled once more what my daughter said during prayer time this morning. She said, "thank you Lord for the gift of homeschooling"! It came freely from her lips, from her own heart and mind.


These words were an incredible gift to me!

We proceded with our lessons, they went very well. In religion we talked about where God is, everywhere! She did handwriting, language arts, science, math. She made a banana/strawberry/blueberry smoothie for us for snack time. She flew her kite at recess, she read a book to me. Then her big sister came home and offered to take her and the baby to the park for a picnic lunch.


I am feeling very blessed at this moment. I really do know there is nothing better or more worthwhile that I could do with my days then to raise/teach my children to know, love and serve God.
He knows so well what I need. Be it a little affirmation, maybe a few minutes to myself, both of which I was given by Him through my daughters today.


I took the road less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.


-Robert Frost

1 comment:

consume me... said...

You are doing the hard but eternal work right now. Your daughters will thank you for loving them more than anything else. And if they never actually thank you, they'll know..they'll know you chose them over everything else.
Have a GREAT year with your little ladies!