If you are a Christian, you know that
the Lord has a way of calling you to an action.
I believe parenting is one such call,
and while I thought my 'call' would look differently
than it does now,
I'm confident in the Lord's plan for
our one & only daughter at this time and this place.
It is a difficult call, as well as deeply rewarding
and such an amazing way the Lord
uses these precious people we call our children
to shape our character.
I remember nearing the end of my pregnancy
and having breakfast with my parents & siblings.
The subject came up about schooling
and I mentioned that perhaps I wanted
to homeschool our future child(ren).
We grew up in the public school system
as homeschooling was really
something that we city folk understood
only appropriate for Laura Ingalls and the like.
You could say we were ignorant. You'd be right.
I know that the idea of homeschool didn't
come from me or the environment I grew up in.
It was all from the Lord.
You would have thought that when our daughter
came of age and we had to decide on schools
the choice would have been easy.
I was still bitten by the homeschool bug
but we decided upon private school
as our finances allowed.
Last year, our finances were very affected
by the economy and we were unable to
send our girl to the private school
that we loved.
We sent her to the public school down the street.
And while it was great to walk to school
each day, that homeschool nudge from
the Lord only got more persistent.
To prepare us for our homeschool journey,
we attended the annual Christian Home Educators Association convention
conveniently located in Pasadena (practically our backyard!).
We rubbed elbows with other families who
just answered the call like we did,
as well as families who have been mulit-generation homeschoolers.
It was a great place to get educated and enlightened
on how important and special this decision
to homeschool is for our family.
We left absolutely convicted that we are doing
His will in *finally* responding to the nudge
that the Lord placed on our hearts years ago.
Our children are a gift.
What are we going to do with our gift?
For our family, the answer was definitely to take
control and teach our daughter to not
only know the Lord but to be His light to
the world around her.
We are to instill her with knowledge
of The Word, and equip her with
skills to live her best life according to the gifts
she's been blessed with.
We are not going to worry about
state education budget cuts,
hurrying for school in the morning, or hurrying to
get homework done in the afternoon.
I'm not going to worry about what new
4-letter word she will pick up
from other students, or worry about
my daughter feeling like she needs to
compete with other students
for her teacher's attention or to stress about her grades.
We will have a less stressful, more peaceful
day-to-day where we will be students of the
world around us, rather than have
the world school her in its ugly ways.
God is in control of our life.
Our family is taking control back from the government
who deems our children *their* responsibility
and even property.
It is going to be a year full of learning,
growing pains and a lot
of trial & error.
But since we are walking with the Lord,
we know we will have
His light for our path - and there isn't any way
we can get lost.
**all images from google**
**all images from google**