Today I want to share with you the first post in a five-day series on things we see as essentials in our homeschool. I will be linking up to some fellow bloggers who have some great wisdom and resources for you. The first topic is all about preparing your heart to homeschool.
As a homeschool graduate, I knew from the beginning that I wanted to homeschool my kiddos. I was blessed that my husband was on board from the beginning even though he had no prior experience with homeschoolers or homeschooling. We prayed about it, attended a local homeschool conference for information and encouragement and then we dove in with both feet. We have never looked back. We feel that this journey is a calling for our family and we are walking that path as long as God leads us this way. We have made so many memories and learned so many life lessons along the way. This homeschooling thing works for us and God has given us the grace to travel this road even when it was not easy.
Remembering the Call
We have good days and we have bad days when I want to throw in the towel, but I keep going back to my purpose and how I was led down this path in the first place. In the early years of our journey, my husband lost his job. I had to go back to a full-time job as a registered nurse for a season and my husband ended up staying home with the boys for a year and doing the bulk of the homeschooling. It was not an easy time, but there were blessings such as my husband leading our five-year old to Christ, that made it worth all the sacrifice and stress. It is so easy to lose sight of your purpose when you are in the midst of struggles, hard times, financial difficulties, grief, etc. When I put aside my agenda and get before my Savior, I find my purpose renewed, strength for the journey and a passion for mothering.
Getting on My Knees
In the beginning, I had my agenda, my plans. I found myself slogging through days pushing for my way. “We have to get through all the material”, I remember thinking. “We have to complete every assignment in the planner”, flashed through my brain. As I progressed further down the road, I have learned the peace that comes from purposeful planning and then realizing that interruptions come, plans fail, but the Lord is my constant. I made a priority in the last couple of years through the help of a wonderful organization called Hello Mornings to get up before my kids and spend a little time in the Word, planning my day, and taking some time out for exercise. I have seen such a big difference in my life since I developed this habit. It is not always easy getting up earlier. I still have days where it doesn’t happen, but as a general rule, I give God the first fruits of my day and I know that this has been the path to peace for me. I am learning to give my kids, my plans and my life to Christ and I am so excited to sit back and watch Him work. Be encouraged today in whatever walk of life you may find yourself – homeschooler, working mom, retiree, etc. God has a plan for each of us and if we commune with Him on a daily basis, that plan will become more and more clear.
Come back tomorrow for the next installment of this 5-Day series as we discuss the importance of planning in our homeschool. Also check out the anchor post that includes other great posts in this blog hop by clicking on the graphic above. Here are some blogs I recommend you check out:
Mary @ Winecup Christian Homeschool is sharing some of her favorite things (school supplies)
Meghan @ Quiet in the Chaos is sharing about planning
Karen @ Tots and Me is writing about essential supplies
Beth @ Weavings is sharing about the importance of the Bible
Tawnee @ Adventures in Homeschooling is sharing about her experiences at the library
Karen @ My Harbor Lights is writing about community service
Amy @ Wildflower Ramblings has a cool felt turtle template
Kristi @ The Potter’s Hand Academy is writing about science
Tara @ This Sweet Life is sharing her ABC’s of homeschooling essentials