It's that time of year.
As you head out the door to get the morning paper you see that yellow bus pull up your street. However your kids are not who it's coming for. Suzie and Johnny down the street ride away on it as you make your way back into the house. Newspaper in one hand and your coffee cup in the other.
Running screaming children sweep past your loosely tied robe. You think to yourself, here we are again. Here we are starring at yet another year. Another day. Another hour in this home-school home. Perhaps breakfast is still on the table. Toothpaste still smeared on the bathroom counter. Pajamas still being worn. And those dishes still in the sink from supper the night before. You can only think that little Johnny and Suzie must already have done three subjects in school by now and are ready for their annual spelling-bee. Yet your day has barely begun.
Perhaps you wonder, why me? Why can't I get a few minutes to myself? Why can't my home be perfect and peaceful? Why can't my children be the children that that little yellow school bus is coming to pick up? But as quickly as those thoughts enter your mind, so does the reminder that you and your husband have mutually agreed to home-school your children. You know it's the best decision yet your imagination takes you to what you think is something better.
The morning continues and chaos seems to be the dominating factor. If others only knew what went on in your home during school hours! You insist that if the only thing that gets accomplished are family devotions, you'll be willing to try homeschooling again tomorrow.
Devotions are started and your children begin to pray one by one. Out of their precious mouths, you hear them tell the Lord "Thank you for being home-schooled. Thank you for their mom who teaches them. They continue in prayer asking the Lord to bless their upcoming school year, that they would learn alot and be obedient to Him".
Just then a feeling of certainty overtakes you. You know it is meant to be. The decision to home-school. The decision to have family devotions. The decision to be their sole influence throughout the day, its all meant to be. You know to put your children on that yellow school bus is not whats best for your children. You are reminded that this is God's plan for you and your children, and by that you are comforted. Your dreams of that perfect-nonexistent-life have vanished and you are longing to be that home-school mom you know your children need.
Your turn to pray comes along. You pray to the Lord telling Him thank you for the opportunity to teach such amazing kids. You thank Him for allowing you not to miss out on such cherished times and for reminding you that it is all worth it.
Deep down you know you are not perfect. You know you will not be the perfect teacher nor the perfect mom, but you realize that because the Lord is perfect, He can and will help you along this interesting and ever-challenging journey of home-schooling.
You are reminded that in the areas you fail at, He will not.
Family devotions can be a major reason to home-school. To be able to pray and read the Bible with your children can be such a blessing for both you and them.
On our first day of home-school, I was reminded why I home-school and why it's so important to do so.
What about you?
You chose to home-school. Why?
What joys do you especially get from it?
What areas is your family benefiting from because of home-school?
What are you most looking forward to in this upcoming school year?
I love to hear and connect with other home-school parents. Please feel free to share!
Blessings to you as another year is upon us!