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!.....is 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!)