Six Things I’d Say About Homeschooling

 Six Things I'd Say

I will never homeschool.

I should have known better than to ever make a big statement like that. It seems like whenever I do, it nearly always comes back at me. You’d think I would have learned my lesson.

It’s not that I was against homeschooling, mind you. It’s just that, well, how can I put this…?

I didn’t think I was the homeschooling “type”.  Whatever that means.

But wouldn’t you know it, the Lord kept putting it on my heart and in my path, until I finally gave in. Reluctantly. I guess I’ll try this thing out for a while.

I mean, how hard can it be to homeschool a five-year-old?

In some ways, harder than I thought.  But funner (is that considered a real word yet?) than I expected too.

From there we kept going. One year at a time. One child, then two. Then eight.

Alright, so we didn’t really jump to eight – it only felt that way at times.

Homeschooling the Boys

Now our five-year-old is a sophomore in college. Oh, except he’s not five anymore, he’s 19.  He’s thriving at school, works hard, and, above all, loves the Lord.  And, yes, he was homeschooled.

So for those of you who are like me and wondering – or doubting – if you’re the homeschooling type? Here’s what I’d say it takes:

Time.   But less than you might think. We “formally” school a few hours in the morning. On the good days. The rest of the time we enjoy working, learning and playing together. I’d say more happens in our “off” hours than our sit-down ones.

Relationship.   This is what “sold” me on homeschooling. The chance to love and disciple our children all day long. Not always easy, but the investment has been invaluable. I’m grateful for all the relationship-building hours we have together.

Discipline.   And, no, I’m not talking about the kids here. I’m talking about my own. Organizing our kids’ education has been a terrific challenge in my life. Making myself do things even when I didn’t feel like it has been good for me. (Yes, that was a confession).

Grace.   So I’ve learned some discipline. And I’ve learned grace. My older children even complain a little about it. They say I was way more uptight with them than I am with the younger ones. Truly? That’s a good sign. That means that grace is gaining ground around here. Like hearing that!

Prayer. Um…you wouldn’t be put off if I told you that homeschooling has had a powerful impact on my prayer life, would you? I’ve had to pray about curriculum, classes, squabbles, and schedules. Prayed for wisdom, mercy, patience (!), and spiritual insight. I’d become a downright Prayer Warrior by the time our eldest was filling out college applications.

Growth. I love watching our kids grow. I love seeing the people they’re becoming and the work God is doing in their lives. I love seeing them grow strong – not just on the outside, but on the inside too.  I also love being able to grow and learn right alongside them.

So it would seem that I might be the homeschooling type after all. Our kids are learning. Their mom is learning – and about way more than just homeschooling.

Like, never say never, for instance.

Because I’ll be homeschooling again this year.

Wondering about homeschooling? Doubting? Go ahead and ask your questions and I’ll do my best to answer!

Or have a similar story to mine? I’d love to hear it!

In His grace,

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Lest We Forget… (Memorial Day) & Better Mom Monday’s Link-up!

Lest We Forget

For several years now,
we’ve visited Willamette National Cemetery
on Memorial Day weekend.

Our two oldest children are currently working on a  WWII project for their class and it is a reminder of how many have sacrificed their lives in service to our country and for the cause of freedom.
Every year, my husband finds stories of specific men and women who have served our country with honor.

If you are interested in sharing this experience with your family, just visit this list of national cemeteries and click on your state.  Once you find your state, choose a cemetery and under it, there should be a list for notable persons with a list of the names of Medal of Honor Recipients.

Every year we are impacted by the fields and fields of flags that stand for lives given in sacrifice for our county.
And every year, it is good for our children…and for us…to realize that each flag represents an actual life–-
A father, mother, brother, sister, son or daughter.

These photos speak more than any words I could write.
Let’s just take a moment to give thanks for the brave men and women who have served with such courage…

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How does your family remember on Memorial Day?

Who does your family remember on Memorial Day?

Thanks for taking a moment to pause with us…and give thanks.

Love,

Kara @The Chuppies

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Jordan River Remembering

I’m adding new rocks to our Jordan River Stones today…

Is that why the Israelites keep recounting their past–
to trust God for their future?
Remembering is an act of thanksgiving,
this turn of the heart over time’s shoulder to see
all the long way His arms have carried.

~Ann Voskamp

This is not a new idea… (it’s actually quite old).

Nor is it my idea… (it’s actually one that God thought up).

But we’ve piled up “Jordan River Stones” for many years now.

The idea comes from Joshua 4 where God told the Israelites to:

“Pass on before the ark of the Lord your God into the midst of the Jordan, and take up each of you a stone…that this may be a sign among you.  When your children ask in time to come, ‘What do those stones mean to you?’ then you shall tell them that the waters of Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord…so these stones shall be to the people of Israel a memorial forever…so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the Lord is mighty, that you may fear the Lord your God forever.”
~Joshua 4: 5,6,7&24

So whenever something happens that reminds us of God’s love or provision or power, we write it down on a stone to help us remember to– not forget.

Because it’s so easy to forget–
His goodness.
His faithfulness.
His power.
His love.

And the kiddos do ask–  “What do those stones mean to you?”

Some rocks remind of big things–  healing, financial provision, a new birth…

Some seem small– like the time our Laura prayed we would find an American Girl doll at a garage sale.  Even after I made several, faithless attempts to fill her with doubt.  God answered her prayer that day because He knew it would show her 7-year-old-heart something special about who He is and His love for her.

I see that rock and remember our young daughter dumping her small bag of change into the lady’s money box and I think, “His lovingkindness is great toward us…” ~Psalm 117:2.

I look back over these rocks of rememberance as I add a new one today…

 

…praising Him for the way He gives us concrete evidence of His love.

I want to remember.

“But this I call to mind and therefore I have hope:
 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
His mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is (His) faithfulness.”
~Lam. 3:21

 

 

Changing our country…one prayer…one child…one life at a time.

As July begins to wind down and August approaches…..like many moms, my thoughts turn to the rapidly approaching school year.

I think about what I need to do and get….how I need to be better organized this year and what I need to focus on in the coming school year.

As the start of a new school year begins to dawn, I’d like to send out a challenge to all of us…..a sort of “Let’s Make a Difference” kind of challenge.

It goes something like this:

What if we as Christian moms laid down our education labels and joined together to pray for our kids, for YOUR kids, for the kids down the street, and for the kids living on the wrong side of town…….what if we rallied around ALL of our kids and lifted them up each and everyday? What if we went into battle on our knees in prayer each and every morning for the souls of our children? And not just our children, but for our friends children. For the children in our neighborhoods……for ALL children….those that we know and those that we don’t know.

That’s my challenge.

Let’s lay down our educational labels and join hands and hearts as we unanimously pray for the children who go to the public school down the road, for the kids who go to the private school a little farther into town, for the children we know who are homeschooled and for those in our town that we don’t know……lifting them ALL up..

Each day

Every day

To our precious and loving Father.

Let’s make a commitment

Whenever we see a public school, a private school, or homeschooled children…..we make a commitment to pray for them. Right in that moment.

Right there.

Right then.

I know in the town I live in I can drive by at least 2 elementary schools, 2 high schools, 1 middle school, and 2 private schools within any given day. I have friends who homeschool and get to meet with them many times through out the week, giving me even more opportunities to pray.

It’s as simple as that……seeing and praying.

As a former teacher, I know how desperately prayer is needed in our schools….ALL forms of them.

Why? Because schools, no matter the kind, are filled with people…….and people need Jesus.

Want to change our country? Well, I’ve got a plan for you!

Pray for our children!

Pray for the future leaders of America……

You see, when we pray…..things happen.

When we join together and pray, it’s powerful…..so powerful that it brings Satan to his knees. Satan doesn’t tremble when we go to church, write blog posts, or read Christian books. He trembles when we open God’s Word and pray.

I’m reminded in James 4:7-8 that when we humble ourselves and resist the devil….He will flee from us as we draw close to our Lord and pray.

You know why?

Because our Father is good.

He loves to listen to His children and when He does, He draws close to us when we draw close to Him……seeking His will instead of our own.

Seeking His guidance.

Yes, we as Christian moms can truly change the world….one prayer, one life at a time.

It all beings with a prayer.

It all starts when we love others as ourselves.

We are called to be women of love and mercy……what better way to love our sisters  than to pray for their children?!

I want to see ALL our children reach the finish line both spiritually and academically regardless of their form of education.

My sweet sister, I love you……and I love your kids.

I want you to live your best life…..a life that is surrendered and focused on Him.

I want no less for your children or for mine!

I want All of us to bring glory to our Lord…..being obedient to whatever path He has called us to.

Let’s join together, pray together and together bring glory to our Lord…..our one and only purpose!

So who’s with me?

I’m excited to start this challenge with YOU and see how God is going to move!

Love God Greatly!

-Angela

www.GoodMorningGirls.Org

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