This right here is the best of homeschooling!
Things you won't find in my house:
name brand clothes, shoes, purses
fancy new cars
the lastest technology
big fancy home in an elite neighborhood
Things you will find in my home:
second hand clothes from friends, family, yard sales and consignment shops
second hand furniture and appliances from Craigslist and family
two paid off older vehicles
a huge pile of laundry every Monday
a 30+ year old home in an older subdivision
used home school curriculum
at any given moment a toddler screaming or siblings fighting
dishes in the sink
a tired momma
But every sacrifice, every hard day, every challenge is worth it because there are so many things I haven't missed.
the laughter, tears, tiny hands and tiny feet of my children
watching them learn their ABC's and 123's
watching them learn how to read, write, add, subtract
the fleeting elementary years
the spontaneous questions that interrupt school so we can have real life conversations
the random hugs and "I love you's" that happen at any moment of my day
And today. I didn't miss today. My kids enjoying reading time outside on this beautiful day.
I do not regret giving up my job and career aspirations. Because I won't look back and wonder where I was as my children's childhood sped away. I'm here.
I'm here for the teachable moments that turn into awesome conversations about God, life, character. I'm here teaching them the building blocks for a successful adulthood that go beyond basic education. Do I get tired, frustrated, have to "take a nap" sometimes to regroup, want to give up at times????? YES!!!
But I don't. I won't. I get up every morning and I'm here. With my kids...the most important ministry I'll ever have.