If it’s one thing I learned it’s to “never say never”. As soon as I had schoolage children, I said that I would never homeschool. I am now about to begin my third year of homeschooling. . . .(**insert laughter here**).
However, Rich and I know that we have to take “this homeschooling thing” one year at a time, and be open to the Lord’s leading. This year we will embark on a new adventure. . . . .
We decided, months ago, that this fall our precious David will be going to public school.
It all boils down to a big big lesson for us—-life as a Christian family is a lot about letting go of our attempts to control our own lives and the lives of our children, and allow God alone to lead us. How else can He get all the glory? He has a different plan for every family.
David, as some of you know, has some trouble with his speech. He went to see a speech therapist every Monday at our local school for the majority of last school year and the therapist told me frankly that her advice to us was to put him in public school for a year or two, so that she could work closely with him, and that he would have the experience of a classroom of peers and a teacher.
Also, to be honest, the responsibility of teaching him to read and write was too overwhelming to me. Yes, I know many moms and dads do it, but I was so stressed out about teaching him the basics (even encouraging him to hold a pencil properly would cause me to walk away and count to 10) that I was losing joy (okay, I was totally stressing out!!). My other children had all completed several years of Christian school before “I got my hands on them”. A wonderful foundation was put in place for us by capable teachers and it has been less of a struggle for me to simply pick up where they left off in teaching Jacob, Ethan, and Grace (although homeschooling is never easy!!). David has been told, “Jacob, Ethan, and Grace went to school to learn to read and write, and so are you.” That way, he doesn’t feel like he is being sent away while the rest of his siblings get to stay home with mommy.
David starts school on August 27. Now that vacation is over, this has become the next event on my mind. I know that putting him on that school bus will be so hard, oh how I will miss him!!!. . . .I pray that I can do it with a smile on my face because he is so excited to go. He especially wants to take a lunch box. We already know his teacher’s name and the principal sent him a nice little letter and the book, If You Take a Mouse to School. The public school that he will be attending only houses pre-K through 1st grade so it is very small and quiet. Also, the Kindergarten class is only half a day. He will be home before noon every day!
I share all this so that you can pray for him. God is in control and I know that my God is everywhere, even in public school. I know that He will protect David and give Rich and I wisdom to continue to be David’s guiding influence in his little life. I feel so much freedom and joy in this decision (although Rich made the ultimate decision, it was too emotional for me to think through logically!) and I know that the reason why I feel such liberty is because I have put my child totally in the hands of God. I trust my heavenly Father with everything, including my children, my dearest treasures.
I pray that homeschooling will never be my defining attribute (is that the right word?). We don’t do it to gain favor from God, I don’t do it because I think my kids will turn out for the Lord if I keep them out of the world. The mature person looks around and realizes that God saves people from every kind of background. I will never homeschool out of FEAR, I will never homeschool to please my Christian brothers and sisters. I will never let my children think that because they are homeschooled they have an “extra edge” on their relationship with God. If homeschooling makes this family feel strong and proud than I pray to God that He will humble us fast. The Bible is clear that our Father blesses the weak ones of this world, and is looking for humble men and women. It is also clear that God resists the proud!
I am weak, I need God, and that is the primary feeling I have as I face sending David to school this year, and as I get ready to teach the older three another year of school here at home.
We homeschool because the Lord has directed us, for this moment in time, to do so. We have perfect peace that this is what He would have us to do. The same goes for David and public school. My desire is to educate my children in order to glorify Him. . . . .
Other pictures from the weekend. . . . . .
Country Living on our front porch:
The rockers get moved around constantly for the best views and/or depending on the way the sun is shining.
There is always a pile of shoes by the front door.
We have had such nice rain for days now. Typically, we will have a nice sunny day and then a thunderstorm, and down-pours at night. It’s such a relaxing way to end the day. I love listening to the rain. Last year our lawn was so dry that it turned brown, this year everything is still so fresh and green. I took this picture this morning:
And while I was admiring God’s beautiful morning, my cat was showing his love at my feet . . . .
Have you all been watching the Olympics? I like to go to bed early but I’m afraid I’ll be staying up quite late while the Olympics are on, especially the nights when they show the women’s gymnastics competitions!
My brother and his family are still here. We’ve been having a good time visiting and they will leave to go home later on today. I hope to get some pictures before they leave. Their daughter is so cute!
Have a great day, everyone!