**Today's pictures brought to you by- vacation time at Uskichitto Retreat Center :).
1) I get to spend my days with my children!!!! NO I do not have more patience that you do- let me assure you! Has God dealt with me on this- yes, but trust me he is still dealing with me on this. I do my best to choose to enjoy my time with them. I want to spend my time with them because to me having to send my children away 8+ hours a day......how to say this......would RIP my heart out of my chest! I think I would stop breathing!
The funny part is I used to dream of working outside the home and not being a stay at home mom at all. Yep, it's true, and the thought now seems so very foreign to me. I think God likes to surprise us like that.
You see I thought too that those who homeschooled must be crazy, or saints. The crazy part I had down, but the saints part- nope. Now I know that it isn't about not making mistakes, although we all have to strive to walk in God's will more continuously, but repairing them. What a better way for my children to learn? I love that I have this opportunity.
I value that so much because I know before long they will all leave and spread their wings. I want that time to get to know them as much as possible!
I have heard many people say that homeschooling is sheltering a child. I think I like Michelle Duggar's response to this......(paraphrased of course).....when a tree is really young you plant it, shelter it, give it extra water and nutrients, even put posts up around it to help it stand up straight and keep the winds from damaging it. That is a great analogy.
(This was not said by Michelle Duggar ;).It doesn't mean that a storm can't still ruin your tree. It doesn't mean that the tree will be perfect. It doesn't guarantee that once the tree is bigger and more mature that lightning doesn't strike it down. It doesn't mean beetles won't attack the tree. It simply means it gives the tree a chance to grow in a healthy way. That is what we are trying to do.
Do you homeschool too?
What are your reasons?
Someone has suggested that I do a post on using Sensory processing in my home school......so that will be coming your way soon ;). Believe me I have a lot to learn, but I have learned a lot so far.
Hope you are all having a great week! We just started school, and have been doing the annual testing the last couple of days. While I am here with the 3 that are testing - Jason has taken all the rest of the kids to Busch Gardens. So that is what we have been up to!