education, Homeschooling, Motherhood, My Walk, Parenting, The Kiddos

Homeschooling: The Right Choice for Us

We know that at this season in our lives, homeschooling (HS) is the way to go. I don't pretend to know what the future holds, or what God will place on our hearts at a later date. Right now, however, this is our great calling.

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People who’ve known me my entire life were surprised when I announced that at the end of my daughter’s first grade school year we were removing her from public school (PS), and beginning a new journey. We’d decided after a lot of prayer, discussion, and consideration that we were going to travel on the Homeschool Highway (which, by the way is an excellent book).

Our Reason

Many won’t understand this, but even more people will. As a parent it is our responsibility to do what is best for our children. In our case, we felt that included removing our daughter from the questionable curriculum, associations, and experiences she was having in the public school system. As a first grader she had become far more worldly than any six year old should be.

She and I had many discussions about what she wanted from her education, and honestly, neither her father nor I felt she would receive that in the public school environment.

Where public school is not necessarily *EVIL* and works well for many people, our goal was to allow our daughter the freedom to become so much more than we are. We wanted her to have the freedom to become whoever and whatever she wanted to be.

Where We Are Now

Not much has changed since we made the decision to pull her from public school. We knew then as we know now that during this season in our lives, homeschooling (HS) is the way to go. She is thriving, as is her brother who has joined her in a life of continuous learning. We’ve been on this journey for three years now, and it continues to bring blessings to our family.

I don’t pretend to know what the future holds, or what God will place on our hearts at a later date. Right now, however, this is still our great calling.

Have you made the decision to homeschool your children? What was the deciding factor for your family?

Blessings,

Sare

 

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The End is the Beginning

My daughter had her last day of school on Tuesday, as did many children. However, for my daughter she wasn’t just saying goodbye for the summer, with the promise of returning to her friends and teachers again in September. She was saying adios for good.

She has been excited for our new adventure, and this day just marked the beginning. Gone are the rushed mornings where there isn’t time for me to enjoy a cup of tea while she tells me about how she dreamed she was Princess Celestia (for those uninitiated readers, she is a My Little Pony–a show my daughter absolutely loves); or to relax for a moment over our morning devotions. Gone will be the need to immediately get dressed, to rush through breakfast, and to separate ourselves from each other for the next six hours.

Will there be a routine and things to get done, yes, but the rush to get out the door every morning will be gone. There will be time for bonding and connection, laughter and smiles, and sometimes, just sometimes, there will be time to make chocolate chip pancakes and sing silly songs before we head to the couch for snuggles and stories.

Tuesday might have been the end of First grade, the end of the official school year, and the end to her PS experience, but it is just the beginning of her chances for learning new and exciting things. For growing together as a family, for growing together with the Lord. It is just the beginning of getting to know each other a little more each day, to playing outside, and exploring the woods. It is just the beginning to field trips and adventures, and a whole world outside of a large building where the student to teacher ratio is too often 30:1.

Is this as exciting for me as it is for her? Definitely. It is also scary, because she has so much FAITH and trust in me, the instant and undying belief that I will educate her and she will learn. This is the same FAITH I’m putting in the LORD, who I believe has placed this intention on my heart. This is the path we are supposed to take, and it is the path we will walk together, each step as a family, with our FAITH and trust in our Heavenly Father. With Him guiding us, we can do anything.

“For we live by FAITH, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7

May the LORD bless you,

Sare

 

 

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I Am a Weary Mother

“I am weary, God, but I can prevail” (Proverbs 30:1 NIV)

Yesterday I attended my daughter’s final public school field trip. We visited the local zoo, and if I’m honest, I would have been happier staying at home and catching up on my own homework. (Shudder) This, of course, made me feel like the worst mother in the world. My daughter was beyond excited for the trip, and I couldn’t muster up the enthusiasm for a weak smile. Can I just add, I’ve never been good at faking emotions? People always know where they stand with me. This isn’t always good. Especially when dealing with a little girl who has a tender heart and a joyful spirit.

So, why was I acting like I was on my way to the gallows instead of an elementary school field trip? The older I get the less comfortable I am in a large group of people. Especially when the noise level is just one decibel below a rock concert. The constant noise and overwhelming energy levels batter me, making me mentally and physically feel like I spent the day in a mixed martial arts ring. However, I love my daughter and spending time with her is a joy. I will do just about anything for my kiddos.  Including being responsible for other children who enjoyed disappearing, yelling, arguing, and being disrespectful to everyone from other children to the elderly gentleman who volunteered there.

By the end of the trip my entire body was tense, and I was bone deep weary. I also had a new appreciation for my children. Suddenly, my son’s fussiness from teething, and my daughter’s occasional forgetfulness when it comes to various responsibilities weren’t such a big deal.

Our LORD, won’t give us more than we can handle. It might seem like our situations are more than we can deal with, or we might have more stress than we think we can survive, but He knows what he is doing.

Yes, I am weary, but with the LORD guiding me, I will prevail.

Blessings,

Sare