This is the first post about something near and dear to my heart—homeschooling. Our homeschooling journey began around a little white table that was a hand-me-down from my husband’s parents, in a room with a bookshelf, and an American flag. In that little classroom of ours, I tried to recreate what I thought our school should look like based on my own public school experience. We began our day by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. It seemed so official, and we did this for a while, but it didn’t last long. This was not homeschooling, this was recreating public school at home.
God had something completely different in mind when he called me to homeschool.
Only part of our homeschool journey is actually about education—most of our journey is about shaping character. The Lord is shaping my character, as I begin to shape my children’s character. I read books such as, The Charlotte Mason Companion, The Well Trained Mind and Educating the WholeHearted Child. These books were my tutors and my guides as I embarked on this journey.
But let me tell you, I wore my bible out studying God’s word in those early days. I had no idea what I had gotten myself into. My corporate job at a Fortune 10 company was much easier than homeschooling. At home, attitudes and messes surrounded me: sick babies and diapers, piles of laundry and dishes, and highly energetic boys that required more work than could ever possibly get done in one day. Yet those sweet cherubim faces captured my heart and began to change my life for the best, and in ways that I would have never imagined. I began to think less about myself—less about my goals and desires—and more about their hearts, and the men that they would one day become.
That is when I began to realize that this thing called homeschooling was about so much more than education. I will talk more about our homeschooling adventures in the days ahead, but let me leave you with a final thought from Psalm 86:11: “Teach me your way, O LORD, that I may walk in your truth.” God has used this journey to teach us in His way. What is God using in your life today, to teach you to walk in truth?