Life Changing Letter

importantletterToday was the big day!  The kids and I took a letter to the post office, certified mail!  This was a very special letter and we had make sure  it arrives where it needs to go.  This letter is a life changing piece of post!  Why?  Because it makes a life changing decision official.  Makes it real for every one of us.  What is that decision?
We have decided to home school our children!!! 

Very few people in our family and at church know we were thinking of this. firstdayIn fact it has gone on for the past 3 weeks at our house.  The kids first day of school was July 9.  So far it has been amazing.  Have there been frustrating days already, yep, you better believe it.  But has it already been wonderfully worth it……YES!!!!!  I have enjoyed it probably as much as they have, and they have had a blast!  In just a little over 2 weeks we have already done so much. Reached milestones, made memories, had so much fun that I can’t wait to continue on.

My husband has joked that this may just be an excuse to feed my office supply addiction, but even he has noticed how much closer the family is drawing.  He can see the change in our children as they are excited to read, to explore, to get involved!

In just these first few weeks we have accomplished so much.  I have managed to explain algebra with fractions to my oldest with no tears (on either of our parts – whew!)  And it was wonderful to see his face light up when he got it!  My youngest son has gotten so into creating things, he made our school flag and wrote us a motto tonight and was so proud of himself and so was I!  My daughter is picking up her letters and numbers so quickly.  She has begun to recognize them in random places and you can see the joy in her face as she shows them to us.

How did I miss this?  I considered homeschooling when our oldest (now 10) was about to enter preschool, but pushed it away thinking I could not do it.  Now I  am sad to think of all the moments of happiness and triumph I missed while someone else was with them for so many hours in a day.  Isn’t that part of why I chose to be a stay home mom?  Why was I willingly giving up my children.

Of course God’s word has been a key part of everything we do, history, science, art, you name it there is some way to relate it to the Awesome God we serve and this world he created!  It has been wonder.  As I type now, by their own desire, my children are making popsicle stick bible puppets so they can tell the stories to each other.  I LOVE IT!!!

There is so much more I want to say, so much I want to tell you about but I will wait. For now, I will share with you some pictures of all the wonderful things we have gotten to do so far and pray they continue on all year long.  So pray for us as we continue our studies at F.I.T. Homeschool (Footsteps In Truth).Fit test1

Some of the great experiences include:  petting a giant turtle and a python at our library,  Building pirate ships and cars,  making sun-catchers, scavenger hunts at the park, ball games where the kids were part of a group recognized for completing the summer reading challenge and where we were able to meet a celebrity!!  AGT’s Marty Brown.  Lil bit (in a picture similar to the one below) was even on the front page of the local paper.  All of this and we are just getting started!!PicMonkey Collage2

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I Will Go With You Daddy

This morning has been a busy one: picking up rocks and picking out weeds.  Yes, a busy hot morning, but a morning spent together as a family.  All five of us out there, working together, as a family, taking care of our home.  Now, granted there were a couple of little boys who would have rather been inside doing anything else at all, but they were there, doing something. Then there was little bit, happily working alongside her daddy!

“This is fun!” I heard her tell him once.  “Fun? Well I don’t know about that,” he replied.  She was so proud of herself as she walked in step with him pulling weeds and taking them away from the flower beds.  Fun?  Not exactly what the adults were thinking. Bending and pulling, moving wagons of rocks, while sweat dripped into our eyes from the heat, nope, not quite our idea of a fun way to spend the morning.  Definitely as far from fun as possible as our sons were concerned.

Fun.  That is how our daughter described it, however.  Even as we finished for the day and she was told she could go on inside and clean up if she wanted, nope, she was having fun.  “I will go with you, daddy,”  she said the the sweetest grin in her little not quite four year old voice. That is what made it fun!  She was working alongside her dad.  Feeling so big and proud as she heard him praise her for her help.  Following in his footsteps it would not have mattered what we were doing this morning, it was fun because she was with him, her father, who she loves! 

Oh that we had that same attitude.  Jesus gave instructions for us to become as little children, for us to be humble as they are humble (Matthew 18: 3-4).  When the apostles tried to send the children away, He called them back, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 19:14.  And why not. Children love so completely, so innocently, they see the best and have no pride or hatred.  They trust completely.  Oh to follow my Father the way my daughter follows hers!  Such an example. So much joy in just being beside him, no matter the work. 

May I remember this example, may I look to my children for inspiration and remember to love and trust and follow my Lord as a child. To be there so close, just to be in His presence.  No matter the circumstance, having “fun” just because of the One I am with, the One I belong to is the One who loves me beyond all reason.

030Thank you Lord for my children who are always teaching me more than I could ever teach them!!

Tiffany