(My 3rd grader and kindergartener!)

Today we started our fourth week of school after a fun beach vacation. I was so thankful for the break, even after only three weeks. I’ve been meaning to sit down and share about the start of our school year but I just haven’t had much time. So, while sausage cooks on the stove, I’m going to try to squeeze it in! So, how were the first few weeks? Well, it’s been a whirlwind! I knew having two in school, plus a toddler would be a new experience and it has been! And then some! I’ve looked at the first few weeks as a learning experience. There are already things I’m going to change, but they are really minor. No changes in curriculum but a few routine type changes. I’ve been praying over our school year and just want to let the Lord guide me and I feel like He’s giving me some answers.

My biggest issue hasn’t been the two that are actually in school, but the littlest one that isn’t. Mad props to those of you who homeschool with multiple grades and multiple preschoolers! Jude is into everything. Every. thing. Keeping him busy and out-of-the-way (re: off the table, out of the boys’ chairs, away from crayons and colored pencils) keeps me on my toes, to say the least. Part of my job as a homeschooling mom is to be creative and that is what I’m having to learn to do with Jude. We will figure it out!

What I do know is that God has called me to this. I’ve been told before, “I don’t have the patience to homeschool (or stay home with my kids).” and let me tell you, neither do I. No joke. I’ve never liked the saying that God doesn’t give you more than you can handle. Why? Because I think He does. If we can handle it, we don’t need Him. This is sanctifying work. I’m not good at it, folks. Staying home with my children and homeschooling is not my ‘thing’ as some may think. But this is my calling and most days it’s just plain hard and I can’t handle it. God calls us to do hard things. And this is hard. But there is God who gives abundant grace. And you know, it shouldn’t be easy. Scripture tells us over and over that this race we’re on requires perseverance, training, discipline and yes, persecution. So, I’ll embrace it gladly knowing it draws me closer to Him.

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4