One of my main goals as a mommy is to encourage my children to cherish each other. When my children grown up and I am no longer on this Earth I would love nothing more than for my two babies to be able to turn to each other when they they have a need. Family is more important than anything other than God.
Homeschooling, I believe, helps bring us closer. We spend a lot of time cuddling, playing, and just loving each other. We do not put the focus on peers outside of our family. Instead our focus is on each other.
I am not saying that they do not have friends outside of our family. They have other children that they call their best friends (or in my son’s case, his buddy), however, when they name their best friends they always name each other first. Friends are a vital part of life, however, friends come and go, but family is forever.
I LOVE homeschooling! I really do not understand why everyone doesn’t do it. We have so much fun! We take frequent field trips, learn what interests us, and just spend time with the Lord and each other. We spend the same amount of time doing our lessons as my daughter’s friends spend on homework, however my daughter has had the oportunity to advance beyond her grade level in school.
My main goal in raising my children is to teach them the love of God which I miserably fail at however I keep trying. I do believe that as long as they have a relationship with the Lord everything else will fall into place. We have recently moved to a new church and have found wonderful opportunities to serve others through this church. The kids and I have baked cookies for a monthly service project the church does for homeless children and their parents. And next month I will have the wonderful opportunity to take my four-year old daughter literally to a sidewalk in downtown Houston to feed the homeless. I love how we never know when God will call us out to serve others, and that I will never say no because my children have to be in school.
I also love that just because we are homeschooling it doesn’t mean that we can’t go to school! My daughter was a bit upset when all of her friends started going to school and she was not. I joined a homeschool group to find her friends who are homeschooled as well and found something even better. I found a homeschool co-op. We all get together every Friday morning for Friday School. At least one parent from each family is required to participate in running the school. I teach a Little Lit class for the four to six-year olds and assist in a ABC Workout class for the two to three-year olds. I love planning the classes for the kiddos and I may share the different activities we have done sometime with y’all.
I am very happy to say that my daughter loves to learn. With her being so little I do not yet require any lessons. I believe that at her age it is better for her to learn through play than though lessons that I put together for her. She learns naturally. However, I do have reading and math curriculum that I have purchased for her which we only work on when she comes to me and asks to do so.
Her two-year old brother I am sure will be another story. He won’t sit still long enough to learn his shapes and colors. He is more interested in learning to jump and throw than anything like that. He also loves to find different ways to drive me up the wall. And I know that he is wonderful the way God made him! We each have our own strengths and weaknesses, and I think that our current society pushes us too hard to be good at everything. No one is good at everything. And as wonderful as I believe homeschooling is it isn’t for everyone, and that is wonderful too!
One of my most cherished childhood memories is of my mother baking me a birthday cake each year. I can still vividly remember her in the kitchen creating the beautiful roses from icing that were placed upon my cake each year. It wasn’t just about the cake. It was about the time and care she took to show that I was special to her.
This is a tradition that I am trying to recreate with my two children. I hope that they will think back to when they sat on the kitchen counter and helped me pour, stir, and sample the ingredients that went into their birthday cakes over the years.
I am no Martha Stewart, but spending time with my children and loving them counts more than the finished product ever could. And no matter the outcome of the cake I always hear, “Oh Mommy! I LOVE it! You are the best Mommy ever!” What could ever be better than that? I am trying to bless them, but instead they bless me. I am the luckiest Mommy ever. God has blessed me immensely!
This post is linked to Works for Me Wednesday at We Are That Family.
Maybe because I am sick. Maybe because I have had no real interaction with the adult world for the last two days. Or maybe because as a child I dreamed of being a writer for a big name magazine and instead am a stay-at-home, work-at-home, and homeschooling mom who loves every minute (ok you got me… almost every minute) of it. Maybe that is why I am now blogging for the second time.
I did blog for a while a year or so ago. It consumed my entire life. Everything I did or thought I wondered if it was bloggable. Is that even a word? That is why I stopped. This time must be different. I will blog to make myself happy, and hope that you enjoy your venture into my part of the blogosphere.
a bit about myself…
As I said I love being home with my babies. I have been married for seven years and am the proud mother of the cutest little two-year old boy and sweetest four-year old girl. Well, other than yours of course!
I am Texan thru and thru. If I could live anywhere else (and I wouldn’t because I just ADORE Texas!) it would be Washington DC because the history that just fills the DC history absolutely fascinates me.
I am terrible at spelling and punctuation. If that type of thing frustrates you this is not the blog for you! 🙂
I love homeschooling! I love how we have the ability to center our lives around Jesus Christ. I love that we finish our lessons in the same amount of time that my daughter’s friends take to actually get to school. I love that my kids learn to interact with people of all ages. I love being one of my daughter’s teachers in her Friday school co-op. I love that the kids have a chance to learn at their own pace and study what really interests them. And I love that my kids are not taught what to think but rather allowed to think.
Make yourself comfortable. Pour yourself a tall glass of sweet iced tea and pull up a chair. I hope that you will stay a while and leave a few comments so that I may learn what is in your heart. Pleased to meet ya!