Even though fall is still a few weeks away, we'll be saying farewell to summer this weekend!
Life shifts gears sooner than the weather. :)
I think I'm beginning to feel at peace with the closing of another season....and for the new chapter ahead.
I mentioned in the comments section of my last post how I'm feeling a little jittery these days, with the school year approaching! It's true. :) I think most homeschooling Mama's feel this way to some extent, especially during these final weeks of August, and in the beginning weeks of lessons.
In years past, my worries always had a lot to do with curriculum choices, or about whether I'd be able to teach my kiddos well enough. Thankfully, most of those concerns have healed over time.
But there are still some things that make a Mama look into the coming year with some uncertainty.
Like whether she'll be able to make everything happen as it needs to.
Will she stay focused?
Will she get distracted...discouraged...de-motivated?
Will she maintain the discipline she needs?
Will she persevere in January, February, March, when it's so hard to keep going?
I recently had a wonderful morning of coffee & conversation with a dear friend, who has made the decision to homeschool her boys this year. She asked me about schedules and routines, and getting it all done - and I really wanted to tell her that it all would be easy & fine, that everything would just fall into place as she figured out what worked for her family.....
But I stopped short of painting a totally rosy picture. Because the truth is, it doesn't always happen that way. At least, it hasn't for me....or for the homeschooling Mama's that I've known, for that matter.
Homeschooling isn't always easy.
Here on my blog, I choose to post about the things in our life that are beautiful and joyful and good....because that is what I want to focus on every day, and what I want to remember. But for as many days of peace and joy and contentment that we have (and don't misunderstand me, there are plenty!)....there are also days of frustration and discouragement.
Because it seems that anything in this world that is truly worthwhile, comes at something of a cost. And truly....if you are a Christian Mama, then you will probably agree that homeschooling is more than just a method of education, it is in fact a special ministry to your children. Like Motherhood, it is a vocation. A mission.
And by that definition, you can bet it won't always be easy.
I've been pondering this quote over the past week, as I look ahead to our next school year....and it brings me great peace. So I will share it with you, too :)
"We must grow in love and to do this we must go on loving and loving and giving and giving until it hurts - the way Jesus did. Do ordinary things with extraordinary love: little things like caring for the sick and homeless, the lonely and the unwanted, washing and cleaning for them.
You must give what will cost you something. This, then, is giving not just what you can live without but what you can't live without or don't want to live without, something you really like. Then your gift becomes a sacrifice, which will have value before God. Any sacrifice is useful if it is done out of love.
This (is) giving until it hurts..."
~ Bl. Mother Teresa, from A Simple Path
It comforts me to realize that on the frustrating days...the discouraging days...or the days that don't go according to plan. Or that follow a sleepless night...or that bring the flu....or tears....or whatever life happens to throw our way.
I can go right on teaching and caring, washing and feeding, however imperfectly ~ and my labor is still valuable to the One who has called me to do it. Maybe even more valuable, if I do it in a spirit of love, in spite of the difficulty, out of love for Him.
That certainly isn't easy, at all. Sometimes it can be exhausting.
Those might just be the days when He is most able to work through me toward my family. Beyond just the education of their minds...for the cultivation of their souls.
Wishing you a beautiful and lovely Labor Day Weekend!
I'll be back on Tuesday with some 1st day pics. :)
In the meantime, I'll be saying a little prayer for your homeschool....I hope you'll do the same for mine. :)