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"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house." Matthew 5:14-15

"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it." Matthew 13:45-46

Monday, August 11, 2008

First and Last

Today is our first day of homeschool for this school year. It seems hard to believe that I am entering my thirteenth year of home educating my boys. It is a bittersweet day for me. It always is exciting to start on the first day, but this year I can't help but be reminded that it is the first day of my last year with my oldest son.

I wondered where the time has gone as I drove him to cross country practice shortly after 7AM. It was a different start of school for us, with my oldest having a four hour practice before coming home to shower and start on his school work. By the time I returned to the high school to pick him up from practice, my youngest son has just about completed his assignments for the day. We will have a crazy schedule like this for a few weeks before school starts for the local high school. Practice for cross country will then be in the afternoons, which is much more conducive for our homeschool schedule.

I find that I have been praying that this will be our best year of homeschooling ever. I pray that we have lots of fun times as well as memorable trips that we go on throughout this year. It will be a traumatic year with some uncertainties that we have in our lives right now, but I know that God has not forsaken us. I trust that in all we do we will seek to follow Him.


Marilyn said...

Enjoy it to it's fullest 'Pearls' ! It's been 10 years ago since we graduated our last child from homeschool. It was sure hard you very well know.....but it was so worth it to teach our children at home! And the best thing is that they say as grown-ups they are glad that we home schooled them.

God bless you!
Marilyn in MS

MrsProverbs31 said...

I am blessed to know a few homeschoolers. I've always admire homeschool moms for their patience and wisdom on dealing with their children 24/7. Sometimes, I wish I could teach my own children and other times, I can't wait til they leave in the morning. But, one thing is for sure: Our times with our children are precious and quickly fading. I feel like catching bubbles when I dwell on all the disappearing times. They've grown faster than I realized. One thing you will never have to deal with is wondering what it would be like to homeschool your own children. Enjoy your last year with your son.

God bless.