It's Our Life

I don’t post much about homeschooling, just a little here and there.  I know that most of you that faithfully read here do not homeschool therefore I assume that you don’t care to hear me go on and on about home education.  The truth is though that homeschooling is a large part of our lives because it is our life.  We are just living our lives here with our kids.  We’re going through our days together, learning together, struggling together, figuring out things together, hurting then mending relationships together, growing with His help together.  The reading, writing, math, science, history, those are all such small parts of homeschooling.

Why do we homeschool?  I have never been able to fully answer this question for people, it seems that my explanation always feels inadequate.  But, today I came across this from Ann Voskamp.  This is what my heart has been saying for so long that my words can never communicate.  Here she explains why they do and will continue to homeschool.

Because homeschooling is this magnificent crucible, to reveal impurities and sinfulness and brokenness. It keeps us on our knees. Homeschooling often hurts and disappoints. You cry and wonder if you are insane to try to educate these children, to disciple these little hearts, while laundering, cooking, cleaning, managing a household, and still being a wife, a sister, a daughter, a missionary in your community, a servant to Christ and in your faith community. And He smiles and say that He walks with you, has grand and glorious purposes, and He understands radical and crazy!

Homeschooling is about going higher up and deeper in, for you learn to sacrificially love in ways you have never loved before. You come to know your own heart in ways you never imagined, the souls of your children in intimate, very real ways.

For you will be together, making memories together, laughing together, crying together, praying together, and asking forgiveness together. Throughout your day, you worship God, together. And you learn to die-to-self together. It’s about doing hard things… together. And there will be no fragmented scraps of learning, home-life, friends, work, God.

We keep homeschooling to weave a one-piece life – hallowed threads of parenting, love, pain, education, growing, stumbling, creativity, forgiveness, wonder, sacrifice, and God all woven together.

We wear it, and it fits: Grace, Joy, Gratitude.

Ann Voskamp – A Holy Experience

And that pretty much sums it up.  Happy Friday everyone and have a peaceful weekend.

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8 thoughts on “It's Our Life

  1. I totally agree. Homeschool is our life so everything we do really revolves around it. Ann did sum it up perfectly. My husband and I homeschool for many reasons, but #1, we are being obedientl to God’s calling for our family, and we are enjoying every bit of it! Even on the hard days!

    Love to hear your homeschooling stories! 🙂
    By the way, I found your blog through Kellys Korner a few months back, and your blog has truly been a blessing to me!

  2. Andrea your comments are a blessing to me! Do you have a blog? I would love to check it out if so. And yes, homeschooling is 100% about being obedient. Thanks.

  3. Hi Casey, just started checking in on your blog. I love it! I really appreciate this post on homeschooling. It is the best thing we ever decided to do for our family! I just wish others could see the need for this.

  4. So glad you stopped by Cynthia! You bring up a good point in that even though homeschooling now is more prevalent than ever some people still have very strong feelings against it. It also reminds me that we should be ever prayerful that our homeschool laws in NC stay as easy to abide with as they are now.

  5. We are very blessed with our homeschool requirements here in NC! Sorry I am just now getting back to the above comment. No, we don’t have a blog. I haven’t quite talked my husband into that yet! 🙂 But I do have a handful of Christian blogs I love to read (including yours)! 🙂

  6. Thanks for reminding me about praying for the NC laws! I take those for granted, and shouldn’t! Well, I better get busy! Its time for school!!

  7. I visit your blog from time to time, but have never commented- until now. I love the quote on homeschooling. I’ve felt like you too in that I have trouble telling people why I homeschool. Most people tell me that they could never do what I do. I reply that I could never do what they do in sending their kids to school.

    The quote from Ann Voskamp sums up a lot of my feelings on homeschooling too. Thanks for sharing!!!

  8. Welcome Shelly. Oh yes I love the “I could never…” don’t we all hear that quite often. I think that we could all agree that we could never do it on our own either it’s only with His guidance that any of us can successfully homeschool. Great to hear from you!

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