I was one of those kids who picked out their "back to school outfit" weeks before school even started. The excitement of getting prepared for that first day of school after a long summer break, is something I clearly remember. I have fond memories of shopping for new trapper-keepers, and Lisa Frank school supplies. As this school season is getting geared up, many of my thoughts, once again, and much of my time has been focused on preparing for this upcoming year. You see, we are doing things a little bit different then the way we grew up, we are teaching all of our children at home. Homeschool.
We believe that true education is so much more then conventional academics. Granted, with home education you can really hone in on children's strengths and weaknesses, moving as fast or slow as needed in any given subject. But our main objective is our responsibility to shape and mold our children's character, and to bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. We do not sow seeds in our neighbors yard, and simply hope something will grow. We sow those seeds in our yard, and then we water, fertilize, weed and make sure our garden is being well looked after-- and our aim is to do the same with our children.
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. ~Deuteronomy 6:4-7Throughout the book of Deuteronomy, Moses is being used as God's instrument to instruct the Israelites. He seems to be continually exhorting Israel to remain loyal to God, and respond to Him with pure love from their innermost beings. It's truly inspiring! What a beautiful stage this sets for the devotion we should be nourishing in our homes for the Lord.
Our hope is to have a life giving home, not only for our children but for all who may enter. It is important for us to cultivate an environment of joy and rest. A place where our children can be grounded in the truth, and develop a true love of learning. Honestly, we just really enjoy having our children around. And seeing them develop such strong relationships with each other has been an unexpected gift that we want to encourage.
We praise the Lord in all things, and look forward to another year of learning.