Hopefully most homeschool families are back in the swing of things and enjoying the school year. That's not to say homeschooling families have to follow the public school's schedule - as a very eclectic homeschooling mom, I'd be pretty hypocritical to think that way! But I hope you are feeling good about this school year, whether you're 5 weeks in or just rolling up on day 180. My mantra for this year is "Be Encouraged! Be Encouraged! Be Encouraged!"
Fall is a great time of year for me to spend some time in reflection; this year I'm reflecting on the last 13 years of homeschooling. My oldest is 17 and his senior year is in full swing. He's working hard studying for his upcoming SAT II subject tests, keeping pace in his college Chemistry and Calculus classes,coaching Learn-to-Skate classes at the ice rink, and playing football with a local private Christian high school. (In his last game he had something like 30 tackles - he's really playing when he's on the field!) I'm busy all day every day (hence the lack of blog posts lately) but I'm also reflective and fully plugged in, enjoying the moments each day brings.
It's been a long 13 years; and yet it has been a very short 13 years...some of you know exactly what I mean! As I look over college brochures and schedule campus visits, I ponder the many days of hard work that brought us to this place. It's a blessing to be able to home educate my kids! And I want to think ahead, plan ahead and prepare myself for the changes that will come this summer. One of the ways I do that is to keep saying to myself, "Be Encouraged! Be Encouraged! Be Encouraged!"
I hope you are encouraged as you go about your day to day duties of teacher, mom, wife, guidance counselor, chauffeur, and daughter of the King of kings. Keep that last title in mind ~ because there is nothing I can say that can really encourage you much at all; but just a smidgen of time spent with Him can fill you to overflowing and be your encouragement all day long.
I have a giveaway on today's post - one copy of the Summer 2010 edition of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. Leave a post and I will have my kid's hold a "drawing" and I'll contact the winner to get her mailing info.
Remember ~ Be Encouraged! Be Encouraged! Be Encouraged!
Day 42 done :)
Jan L. Burt