Today was the first day of homeschool for my kids. Jacob started 4 weeks ago, but today Sierra and Isaac began so I look at today as the first official day. This is my 21st - first day of school. I am starting my 21st year of homeschooling and what a journey it has been. Some years have been great, some have been difficult, some have been discouraging, some have been absolutely wonderful and some have just been so-so. The one reason I continue on, even after difficult or discouraging years is conviction. Homeschooling is not a must for everyone, but it is where the Lord has called our family. When my husband and I started homeschooling we were convicted that this is what the Lord was calling us to do. And as the years have gone by I can say I am tired and weary at times but because I know that this is where the Lord wants me, I know He will give me the strength to continue on. He has done that year after year and I know will continue to do so. There have been times that if I did not have the conviction to homeschool I would have looked at putting my children in public school.. but I already know that the plan the Lord has for our life.. the life of my children.. is His plan and He will carry me forward until my work is done.
I have some incredibly sweet memories of years gone by. I am forever grateful to have had the time, day after day, to be with my children. It has been a joy to watch them learn and grow and develop and as I look back I am so thankful for this opportunity to grow and learn together and to be with them. It has been a fantastic 20 years! Thank you Lord!
So with great excitement I began this morning by waking my children up (soon they will have to use their alarm clocks.. but this morning I gave them a “happy first day of school” wake up )... They did their Bible and devotional reading, ate, we did household chores and then sat down with the books. Over this last weekend I had already laid out the first week’s school schedule. Each of them had their schedule in hand and they began with math. Then moved onto English. Then it was lunch time. After lunch they finished up the last subjects and read in their books. Isaac is reading The Rover Boys on the
It was a pleasant and smooth first day of school and I prayed that the Lord would bless this school year and make it a productive one for my children and give us the needed tenacity to do our work.
Isaac all set and ready to start the new year….