Much as I hate to admit it...there is a certain degree of "fun-ness" (is that a word?) to the first day of school. I love the smell of new books and the feel of pages that have never been opened. I can't say for sure but I'm not totally convinced that my children share these same sentiments. I'm guessing that when I asked my son if he was ready to start school and he went..."aww..."followed by a contorted face that he wasn't reveling in the whole new book thing like myself. But school must go on!
I'm so thankful that I get to homeschool. Sometimes it's hard..I won't lie...but when I think of the alternatives...I realize that is is worth any sort of inconvenience. When I woke up this morning I prayed that God would help me to be loving, patient and to speak kind words to my children as I teach them. The "teaching" part is easy. I was always a nerd in school...I loved school. But the part that doesn't always come as easy is the patience, love, kindness, long-suffering, understanding. I dare say that those are the most important. I'm praying for a great year filled with fun, learning and growing together. It is such a blessing to be able to have my kids home with me where I can direct their hearts and where they can truly "be themselves" without any sort of peer pressure to be something they're not. To all of you who are beginning school...have a great year. Wherever your kids attend school...bathe the school year in prayer, prayer and more prayer. I don't want my kids to see my flesh as I teach them...I want them to see the fruits of the spirit being exercised in my life.