I know- a lot of stereotypes probably come to mind as soon as the word "homeschool" is said. We honestly, probably fit into a lot of those preconceived opinions. Some, but not all of them.
We have chosen to homeschool for a few different reasons- the main one being our faith. I do not see public school as bad, or evil. In fact- We are very blessed to live in an excellent school district and look forward to when our boys are a bit older and we will plug them into a school that we trust with teachers I not only respect, but who I know have a true heart for the kids they are teaching. I know my boys will be in caring, loving and well trained hands. For now though, while they are still in the early years- we feel led to keep them home and teach them not only academics, but also help them grow their own faith and lay a foundation that has roots straight to eternity. I love being their teacher- it is an inspiration to teach them and watch their eyes light up as they catch onto a new concept. To be here to see how proud they are when they get words on their spelling quiz right, or to watch them work hard on a project. I am not quite ready to share the joy of teaching my boys with someone else!
It isn't always easy, in fact with boys ages 6, 4 and 2 the days can be quite a challenge. That doesn't discourage me (most days) or make me question our decision to keep them home for now. A lot of jobs are hard- and a lot of jobs come with challenges a mile long. I am relying on Christ to give me the strength for the extra hard days, and resting in His grace. I know that having them home has given us, as a family, endless opportunities to instill a faith that is authentic, applicable to daily life and more valuable than anything else. Opportunities that may have otherwise been missed.
I do not feel that every family under the sun should homeschool their kids in order to instill a foundation of faith. I also do not feel that parents who choose public school are bad, or are neglecting their responsibilities. I do, however, feel very confident in the fact that for the season of life God has us right now- He is blessing our efforts to homeschool. I know that by having the boys here- it is growing all of us to rely more deeply on Him, and it is a step of faith to obey what we feel He has asked us to do, knowing that all too soon this season will come to an end and I will be waving goodbye through the school bus window. I know that He will also be there when we transition to the next phase- and that He will bless our years with public school kiddos too!
My boys are gifted to my husband and I and we feel blessed to be raising them. Our prayer is that they will grow up knowing a Savior that will never leave them, that they will learn the power of prayer. That from an early age they will begin a daily walk with their Lord and become men of courage, integrity, compassion and love. For the years I have them home, my prayer is that they won't just learn how to read, how to correctly do math and the different parts of sentence structure. I pray that they will learn about the God who made them, loves them, and has a purpose for their lives that will far out pass any other path they may choose to take. That they will begin the process of learning how to walk with Christ in a way that effects every moment of their day- not just their eternal destination.
We are diving into a new school year- with a sense of peace knowing that the time we are investing in these 3 little souls is a very worthwhile investment. That my job as their mom is one I do not take lightly, and one that gives me great joy! Weather you are homeschooling, private schooling or public schooling- may this school year be one that matters in the life of your child! Keep praying for their days- and that they will choose to walk with God wherever they are.