October 18, 2017

Thankful Thursday: Homeschooling

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;  His love endures forever.  Psalm 107:1

As with everything else in life, some days it’s harder to homeschool than others.

Confession:  Some days I wonder who signed me up for this.  I wonder who it was that thought I could handle this.  I question if I can, should, or even want to do it anymore.

GASP!

Is that too much information?  More honesty than you expected from me?

I feel an obligation to be real on this blog.  To let you see my struggle as well as my highlights. (Not the ones is my hair….I have four inch roots.)

The truth is, homeschooling is a challenge.  Period.

There are hard days.  Days when the baby poops three times in the same hour that Levi colors on the wall, there’s a delivery at the front door, my phone won’t be quiet, Dax says he’s NOT doing THOSE math pages, Drew keeps interrupting to ask for MORE math pages while I’m reading archaeology to Hayden and Dylan, and wait!  It’s time to pick up Nolan from Physical Science!  We go to the car, and Drew suddenly needs to go to the bathroom and runs back in, Dax needs a drink, I discover that someone has unbuckled Landen’s carseat AGAIN, and great, just GREAT – the air is out in the van.

On these hard days, I vent to my husband.  Ever-supportive, he listens.  He knows that some of it is just life.  Life with lots of little people around.  No one said it would be easy.  And in my venting, I hear myself tell him….I hear myself remembering that:

  • it was God who drew our hearts to homeschooling,
  • it was God who said I could handle it,
  • I can, should, and DO want to do this.

I was telling him the other day that although sometimes I forget why we do it, I get firm reminders regularly.  Each time I sit down to teach history, geography, things like archaeology to my sons, it hits me.  They’re getting to learn everything from a biblical perspective.  From the ground up.  Literally.

They’re getting to discuss why evolution is a crock at the age of 8.  I love knowing that they KNOW, and furthermore, can argue the reasons why they couldn’t have evolved from a monkey.

They’re getting to learn and discuss the character and choices made by historical figures like Christopher Columbus – things I never thought about – like the way he brought back captives so that he could force them to accept Christ.  I love the way we stop, gaze in thought for a moment, and then discuss what we just read.  What we just learned TOGETHER.

I love the way we can take the time to talk about the amazing way God created certain animals with the defense of mimicry, like drone flies, and the way they look so similar to bees, and the way this protects them from the insect called the bee killer, and thus the entire food chain, and affects honey production, on and on.

I love how I GET to experience watching them learn.  I GET to see the sparkle in their eyes when it clicks.

Maybe it isn’t always easy, but it sure is worth it.

I’m so thankful for the freedom we have to homeschool our children.

What are you thankful for?

 


Comments

  1. Oh girl, preach it! There are days I feel like I do in a very strange dream I periodically have. The harder and faster I try to run, the slower I go. I call those days my banging-my-head-into-a-nail days, but, and that is a huge BUT, I remember why I am homeschooling our children. I remember just how much I want them to have a godly education. I remember just how much fun we usually have. Then, I give myself a mental course correction, grab a snack, and charge back in there.
    Awesomeness.

  2. Over the past 12 years, there have been countless times when “those” days were about to do me in. But when I weigh the benefits against the frustrations, keeping my children at home with me always wins. I remind myself that if I put my children into public school, I would only be trading my temporary troubles for a different set of troubles.

  3. Thanks for keeping it real! So often we make it appear that all is bliss and happiness when in reality homeschooling is hard work. Fun too but yet a lot of work. It helps me to know that the children enjoy being home and enjoy learning together and wouldn’t trade it for anything. We took a break to have a baby but hoping to get back into the swing of things in the next week.

  4. Wow I am mom to 6 boys and totally understand. I dont homeschool other than the summertime and when my boys have a long break from school. I sometimes wonder what I have goten in. I am thankful thaty I am able to stay homeand b mommy when so many can no. Thanks for keepng it real and us lookng at our true blessing our children and our family.

  5. I so get this. This is my first year at homeschooling and there is many a time I wonder why I did this. And then a lightbulb goes off and she understands something she didn’t before, she pulls of marks she never got in school, I go aha. I get it now.
    Thanks for speaking from the heart.

  6. jennifer Viol says:

    I would love to homeschool but my husband is not on board. Which breaks my heart. He needs me to work once our kids are in school. Also, he is afraid they will be missing out on the “school” experience. Bla bla bla. How do you afford to stay home and homeschool , if you dont mind my asking? Im really not sure how to convince him to let me give it a shot.

    Love your blog by the way!

    • Hi Jennifer. I am blessed that my husband does make enough for me to stay home, but even though he does, sometimes things are still tight. Unforeseen medical expenses and things like that always throw us for a loop. Hang in there. Pray. And if it is God’s will for you to homeschool, there will be a way. 🙂 Even if it’s a sacrifice for your family to do so. 🙂

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