Hooray! Hooray! School started last Monday! And there were NO TEARS! Well, ok, so maybe I almost cried when our gooey art project turned into a slimy dripping mess of glue on my dining room chairs...
But, we ate a cupcake and threw ourselves a little back-to-school party and all was well with the world once again. Cupcakes are wonderful like that, don't you know? They are such happy little icing clad confections that spread their cheer quite infectiously. I highly recommend their healing attributes. They will relieve mommies of headaches, children of whining, daddies of worrying, and babies of crying. What a miracle in a cup!
So, with one week of homeschooling under my belt, I'm ready to proclaim to the world how much I LOVE homeschooling. (This is where all of you seasoned homeschooling mothers will now proceed to laugh at my presupposed declaration). There's this wonderfully new sense of peace and purpose in our home. And it's called A SCHEDULE. Really, schedules are amazing. And I'm finding all of us are thriving on it. I'm rather impulsive and unregimented and I certainly don't always follow my schedule to the letter, but I'm learning how to make schedules work for me and my family and not the other way around.
While I'm teaching my kids, I'm also learning so much about my role in their lives and the all important part I play in revealing the truth of God's Love to them and the trust He has given me to do so. What an amazing, fulfilling, and important ministry this is-- the ministry of motherhood. I'm awed by all that it entails. I'm humbled by the blessing it is.
It's easy to feel overwhelmed by my responsibilities as a mother, and now this new responsibility of teaching my children academically. For me, it's absolutely necessary to have one ultimate goal. One supreme focus. And that is to teach my children to "Love the Lord their God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength." (Mark 12: 30) and to "love their neighbor as themselves." (Mark 12: 31)
Everything else in life is secondary.