Thursday, September 20, 2012

New Routine Going Well

Overall, our new school "schedule" is going well.  Still working with one boy on how to add in his work for a co-op class to his weekly schedule, and another son and I forgot about his online literature class yesterday.  Oops!  But overall, I think it's working.

God was so good to impress upon me my need to resign from MOPS.  Even without that responsibility, and with working hard to maintain reasonable boundaries in other areas of life, teaching and managing the learning is going to be more than a full time job for me this year.  I have a feeling these next three years are going to be very intense.  Right now we have a sophomore, two in middle school, one in upper elementary, and one in lower elementary who is still solidifying his reading (and needs daily lessons with mom).  Next year we will have two in high school.  The year our daughter graduates we will have three in high school, one in middle school, and the youngest in fifth grade.  There's just no doubt about it, getting your children ready for college, and for LIFE! a big and busy job.  One I wouldn't trade for anything, but it can seem kind of overwhelming at times. 

I now understand so much better how to pray for my fellow homeschoolers who are homeschooling through high school.  And if you are not a homeschooler yourself but have friends who are (hence you are reading this blog!), they could really use your prayers and support now more than ever!  When you are schooling high schoolers, you feel that others are more "critical" (for lack of a better word) of what you are doing.  They don't think you can mess up your kindergartener too much, but think you are more likely to screw up your high schooler at home.  Even when this attitude is not expressed in words, homeschool moms have a tendency to "hear" it anyway.  As a lot, we are pretty critical of ourselves.  And the stakes seem much higher.

So it is doubly reassuring to be reminded that God is in control!  Not me.  Not my husband.  Not the color-coded schedule.  Not the curriculum we use.  GOD.  He has started a good work in each of our children, and He will be faithful to complete it.  Faithfulness is His nature.  He cannot be unfaithful.  And, He loves my children even more than I do!  And He has a plan and purpose for their lives far beyond what I can conceive and try to prepare them for.


It's not up to me after all.

(but I'd still appreciate your prayers!)


Teacher/Mom said...

Suddenly, your kids are seeming even more grown up when you put it that way! I'm glad that things have been going well so far. I will be posting the good things that have been happening here soon. Blessings.

Kat said...

What a great post! My oldest is in 8th grade right now, so I don't have a high school homeschooler yet. naysayers in my life have been asking me "but what about high school???" for so long, that I've been terrified. So I'm trying to start NOW to look for high school curricula and resources. :/

I think I know deep down that we are going to be fine. I don't think I would continue with homeschooling if I really doubted that it was the best thing for my boys. But, like you said...people do seem to get more critical at this stage of homeschooling and I'm just nervous and antsy, lol.

I will send prayers your way! Hope the rest of your school year goes well! :)

Thanks for sharing...

Mom of two boys, trying to tiptoe her way into high school homeschooling.