Monday, August 29, 2016
Today began our 19th year of homeschooling...at least to the best of my calculations. It gets hard to remember how long ago we actually started. Also to the best of my calculations, we have six more to go till the youngest graduates high school; but who's counting?
Am I tired? You bet I am. But as I lie in bed this morning reflecting on the past 18 years of starting school, I realized that, as tired as I am, I wouldn't have done it any other way. Homeschooling is hard, yes, but the rewards are immense. Have I ever dreamt of putting them in school? In 18 years, you bet I have, but then I realize that God has called me to homeschool His children and I know that that is what I have to do. It is what makes me plug along through the difficult times. Well, that and my innate stubbornness.
I got up this morning to start the day I always do...a shower, a cup of coffee and some time in prayer (that is THE most important part, by the way. Not the coffee!). However, after having made my coffee (which is the part I look forward to - drinking it, not making it) I realized that my filter flopped over.
Not exactly the way you want to start day one of year 19. I was hoping it wasn't an omen of things to come today.
It wasn't, so that was good. We made it to Mass, we got through our subjects and here are the smiling faces of me and some of my children while we indulge in burgers at our traditional First Day of School Lunch Outing. It makes it worth the struggle!
I hope the beginning of your new year is off to a great start, too!