You didn’t hear from me last week because we started full-time-homeschool on Monday and it was the best week of my life.
(Thankfully this photo wasn’t really from this past week,
but if you want the back story, you can find it => here.)
The truth is, last week…
I wasn’t “always smiling”.
On Monday I found myself thinking:
Did I really sign up for this every day of this next school year?
And there were tears.
Oh yes– there were tears.
And I’ll admit it.
I like being able to answer the question…
“Where do your kids go to school?”
With the name of a school.
It just seems normal-er.
But that’s another lesson God
has been is teaching me right now.
That His voice and His approval matters more than anything else.
Pre-naptime reading today included this nudge:
“But Noah didn’t mind so much what other people thought, he minded what God thought. So he just did what God told him to do.”
~The Jesus Storybook Bible
And on Monday, even when I was lamenting the decision to give full-time-homeschool a try for a year,
I sensed our decision confirmed.
So I have to trust that–
The Lord is the strength of my life. ~Psalm 27:1
And that His power is perfected in my weakness, because when I am weak, then He is strong. ~2 Cor. 12:9
And it did get better.
Much better by the end of the week.
And there were wonderful moments when I loved it and I think part of the difficult start was due to:
The recent move.
And a busy weekend beforehand–
But this Saturday morning, we all just slept in.
Our 4-year-old knows that the weekend rules are:
Look at the clock and stay in bed reading until it says 8:00.
And I may or may not have fudged a little for the sake of sanity so that her clock reads eight o’clock about 15 minutes after ours does.
We agreed to let “the crew” attempt their own pancake-waffle-extravaganza in the kitchen and while I knew it would mean globs of sticky maple syrup later, my guy and I stayed in bed for much-needed-coffee-talking until almost 10 am.
Totally worth it.
And I’m feeling better about this whole thing because I know this is what we’re supposed to be doing for this year at least.
Homeschooling, that is.
So this is our mish-mash of curriculum for 2013-2014 (just in case you enjoy curriculum window shopping like I do):
My Book of Centuries
Mystery of History (Volume 1)
A Child’s Geography (Holy Lands)
Genesis through Deuteronomy
Historical Wall Timeline
106 Days of Creation Studies
Emma Serl’s Intermediate Language Lessons
Teaching Textbooks (for math)
World for Kids Writing Curriculum
Explode the Code
Mrs. RZ’s Nutrition/Cooking Class
Mr. RZ’s Writing and Book Club Class
Piano with Mr. W
2 Timothy reading plan
Dispatches from the Front
God’s World News
Window on the World
Books– just lots of them
And today I am thankful for a new week,
A fresh start.
A good Monday morning of school.
Lots more smiles.
And God’s mercies that are new every morning.
“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 your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,“therefore I will hope in him.”
The Lord is good to those who wait for him,
to the soul who seeks him.”
(the beautiful view from our school room window)