Has it really been months since I posted? I won’t say how many. Ideas of what our first “official” homeschool year would be like included (but were not limited to):
- Weekly blogs
- Field trips galore
- Sticking to the plan (ha!)
- Service projects
- Monthly pictures throughout the “schoolyear”
- Enjoying all the benefits of our homeschool group (co-ops and what-not)
Mama was ambitious. Most ideas proved to be “eh”. Allow me to elaborate with 1 example:
We joined an awesome AND HUGE homeschool group in a nearby county (love it) but at first I wanted to be a part of everything. The first kickoff event was back in August and of course! We went. Just me and the 3 gals. On the way I nearly rear-ended a Prius and we were late because I got lost. We finally arrived and had just sat down and my youngest had an accident all over herself and lucky Mama. I didn’t have any clothes, so I waited a little bit then quickly grabbed a cupcake for each kid and we drove all the way back home, having only said hello to 4 fellow homeschoolers. That was 2 hours of driving and a good lesson. I can’t do it all. Looking back, I’m glad that bubble burst immediately.
Other ideas are still great. Like service projects and field trips, those are golden. As for the rest (and there were much more) they were either one of two things, irrational or irrelevant and as it turns out I have learned just as much, if not more, than the girls have. Altogether we have confirmed homeschooling is more about home than schooling. (For us, anyway..) Which reaffirmed why we do what we do.
I think most of us could attest the saying, “They grow up so fast!” It’s true! Even Biblically speaking, because life is but a vapor. I’m in total agreement, and I want to treasure my daughters. I want to be the one who teaches them to read, write, to study scripture, pray, have fun, say sorry, forgive, to cook, hook a worm, wash dishes, to love others, trust the Lord and be courageous, serve, and to know what is important. The Lord planted an idea in my heart long before I believed it was possible, back when I was a new mom, single at that, and it never went away. Our homeschooling journey has been saturated in prayer, blessed like crazy, and difficult at times. Oh, and cancer? It added to the eternal perspective. Life down here is uncertain, what really matters? “School” for us is much more than the three R’s. It’s about our life in Christ, the humbling fact that HE is our righteousness, looking past the temporal, and our quiver of 3 precious arrows that we have the privilege of training, loving, praying over… What could be gooder?
Just kidding. Did that scare you?
“A cheerful heart is good medicine..” Proverbs 17:22
P.S. The kids are great. They are all healthy and happy as ever. They have worked very hard this year! Brooklyn has not had tests since October but has done well, she goes Monday, May 9, for CT, labs, and stuff. Family: If this is a SURPIRSE to you, it is me too. Ooops. I finally looked at the calender and noticed some important dates were a lot sooner than I thought. Madi also goes to see a surgeon about her eye this month. Her vision isn’t great but the biggest problem is one turning in. And the sooner we correct it, the better. We’ve patched a lot, glasses didn’t help the turning, and her vision seems to be getting worse. Handwriting is especially difficult for her. Bless her heart, she perseveres though! Thank you for love and prayers!