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Are We There Yet?

Ever take a road trip with the family and hear that question from the back seat? I think we ask God the same question at times. And His answer (to me, anyhow!) seems to be a gentle reminder to enjoy the journey instead of racing to the destination.

Homeschooling is indeed a long, drawn-out journey. It's days seem to stretch on into infinity, with no end in sight. We can get tired...tired of preparing dinner while grading math papers; tired of last-minute errands to find supplies for science experiments; tired of people asking us about "socialization"; tired of staying ahead of all our children in all their subjects for all their grade levels....oh yes, we can get tired.

But it helps to remember that the journey itself is the real blessing! We will look back with fondness on these days ~ and we will look back with tears on the day we hand our children their diplomas, or the day we say good-bye to them on a college campus. The tiring days are the days that truly matter.

The last question we should ask God is, "Are we there yet?" Instead we ought to be thanking Him daily that we are able to spend this precious time with our children. And as for being continually tired, I have often told myself that I would be plenty busy and plenty tired doing SOMETHING ELSE if I weren't a homeschooling mother. And I can't think of anything I'd rather be I embrace my tiredness and choose to enjoy this season of life.

May the Lord richly bless you as you homeschool for His glory!

Day 226 done :)

Jan L. Burt


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