Monday, April 2, 2012

It's a good fit for us.

We are just a couple of short months away from ending our very first year of homeschooling.

My mind tries to fathom how the experience has changed us,
 but it always comes up a little short.

We have taken in so much in a short time,
and it has been worth every second of frustration and triumph!

As I hear my kids explain to others how much they love homeschooling, and how much they have learned, I can't help but feel elated inside and want to scream out,

"Yes!! Thank you God for placing us on this path!!"

I've watched them overcome challenges and soar like eagles, right under my nose, within my arms reach, and in the comfort of our home.

I've watched them blossom into their own being and discover new things about themselves; gifts, strengths, weaknesses and abilities.

I have always felt blessed and honored to be their mother,

but I am privelged to be their teacher.

Ann Voskamp does a great job explaining how homeschool impacts the family dynamic.

Her words sometime, most of the time, speak what my heart is feeling...

Because homeschooling is this magnificent crucible, to reveal impurities and sinfulness and brokenness.
It keeps us on our knees. Homeschooling often hurts and disappoints.
You cry and wonder if you are insane to try to educate these children, to disciple these little hearts, while laundering, cooking, cleaning, managing a household, and still being a wife, a sister, a daughter, a missionary in your community, a servant to Christ and in your faith community. And He smiles and say that He walks with you, has grand and glorious purposes, and He understands radical and crazy!
Homeschooling is about going higher up and deeper in, for you learn to sacrificially love in ways you have never loved before. You come to know your own heart in ways you never imagined, the souls of your children in intimate, very real ways.
For you will be together, making memories together, laughing together, crying together, praying together, and asking forgiveness together. Throughout your day, you worship God, together. And you learn to die-to-self together. It’s about doing hard things… together. And there will be no fragmentation of learning, home-life, friends, work, God.
We keep homeschooling to weave a one-piece life – hallowed threads of parenting, love, pain, education, growing, stumbling, creativity, forgiveness, wonder, sacrifice, and God all woven together.
We wear it, and it’s not perfect and it’s messy — but oh, it’s a good fit for us!

~~Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts

Yes's a good fit for us!

Deuteronomy 6:4-9 ESV

 “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. (5) You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. (6) And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. (7) You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. (8) You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. (9) You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

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