This year is busier than last year. I am being much more proactive with my kids’ schooling and life training. This has been a journey of improvement spiritually, physically and mentally that I have been on and decided to take my kids on with me for I see the benefits and inner peace (which term they stole from Christianity and not the other way around) and inner joy it gives. I want my family to have this too, so I am pulling and sharing with them in the journey more. And although we are practicing greater physicality, we are also practicing greater pauses. And the schoolwork is harder because we are at critical grades- 3rd and 7th.
All this to say that parenting is extremely time-consuming. However, I know two things: 1. God has time for all of us, loves us and can pick up any slack we lack; and 2. My kids and their future depend on my input so it is worth every humbling moment I put their needs before mine. It is that simple. 😄❤
My kids are appreciating school now and so am I. It just took a few days to get into it. Now, we are having fun. It helps that we are not doing many extra-curricular activities this year. I said no to coaching this year so we have more freedom to travel and bring the dog to PE. Also, we are just having tons of family time and more going on to help with because we are third and seventh grades now. More is expected because they are growing into their skin more. The dog really has changed everything. We go to the dog park about every day and that is fun. We just have so much fun. It is working now. And it n is good for us all as a family. Love it. Praise God! Reinforced for me that if you obey, God rewards by making it fun in time.😄❤
I was excited to plan my kids’ homeschooling schedule and field trips and events and extracurricular activities. I was. Today as we were supposed to start school, we just did PE and planned more. I could not get excited about actually starting. My kids also were not excited at all. Just seems to have come too soon. Zac had a busy summer going to Honduras on a missions trip and then going to PA for a week to visit grandparents. That makes summer fly by and makes us really not ready to get back to school.
So, tomorrow we start anyway and we will pray together for the fortitude and faithfulness to do what we know to do and learn and just do it despite our feelings about it. This is a bigger lesson. We have to do the right thing despite how we feel about it.😄❤
Amazingly, it is August already. August. And already the second day of August. So…
Time to prepare the best I can. Time to clean up the study spaces and work and craft spaces. Time to get books ready to go and accessible again. Time to neaten and declutter and prioritize. Time to get a new calendar and figure out field trips.
I was dreading all this prep stuff but now I am getting excited. I so love teaching my children! I feel so spoiled being able to homeschool them! Praise God for this gift!😄❤
This is going to be an amazing homeschooling year! My son is in junior high now and is reading more and doing book reports so more good classic and historic information is getting in and he is working more independently and studiously. My boy is growing up and about to turn 13! And my daughter is reading now. And she is reading for fun and really soaking everything in. I am super excited because now we are thinking and learning and thinking for ourselves, always my goal.
I don’t want them to just regurgitate facts but really grasp concepts and think and wonder the feasibility if it all and extract their own thoughts and test them. This is true learning- understanding and incorporating truth rather than just knowing a list of useless information. And I am proud of the people they are becoming and are now.
My goal as a parent is to grow reaponsible, Godly, loving, useful adults who will be great Christians and spouses and parents that will spend eternity with Jesus. That is my focus and goal always and it is starting to work beautifully toward that end. What great encouragement God gave me today! Praise God!!!❤❤❤
And….. here we go again. Year seven of homeschooling (the third year with two students) begins and one extremely exciting development. I now have two readers! All the hard work paid off and my daughter is also now an avid reader and loves it as much as my son used to. I hope he gets that back. But anyway, they both read now! This should make schooling a bit smoother with independent study on easy topics a bit easier while I work with the other. And tomorrow is teacher planning day so I will not be in my element but will work it out with God’s help as per usual. And when the excruciating planning and loose organization is complete and materials placed in their designated areas, we will get started on a great year and have some learning fun. So, happy studies to all to whom it applies and may God bless our school year. Praise be to God!❤
When you have 2 kids 5 years apart and one husband (that all want individual attention) and a house, you end up with a lot to do. Energy is expended to meet certain goals you set. Getting ahead is not always an option, as keeping up with things is about as good as it gets.
This is not a complaint, I truly love being SuperMom yet feel perfectly feminine and very powerful being a homeschooling housewife. This is a stark change from taking care of a slew of patients in the area and instead taking care of three VIPs in my household. Rather than a marcissistic rant about being spent, which would be idiotic, this is merely a vocalization on the importance of flexibility in your goals.
For instance, instead of a concrete goal that your children get excellent grades in every subject and obey every instruction, my goal has flowed into my kids making excellent moral decisions in line with the Bible and do their best to understand and incorporate the instructions from every subject. Some subjects will come easier or harder to them in their various personalities but they need to do their best and show their love of Jesus in it all. My goal for the house pre-children used to be that it be spotless and clean and always ready for company. Now, that goal has flowed into keeping the house as inviting as possible while being good stewards of the house God blessed us with, clean whenever possible.
Sometimes, flexibility shows a wisdom ability to incorporate key Biblical principles into the living of life for God’s glory. And everything we do is for God and not man/kids/women/us because it n is God we are really serving. I just choose to want to serve Him well and establish that principle in my family. ❤