In October, I had an opportunity to speak to a group of Sociology students about homeschooling. As I began preparation, looking for photos, watching the home videos, deciding on my slides and planning my speech, I was taken back in time to those days when the kids were younger.
Then it hit me – I have been homeschooling for over 17 years now! WOW!!! I didn’t even realise it! (I am not good at math) Looking at the adorable and happy faces of my kids brought back so much fond memories. They were very active, they did crazy stuff and they loved playing together. They have grown so much! They had shown signs of what they enjoy even in those primary school years! John was always adventurous and loved to try new things. Rebecca loved singing and often played dress up with Li-Ann. Li-Ann would always watch her older siblings and want to follow them.
My heart was so full of thanksgiving! So much so that I found it hard to recall how we came through all those years. Of course there were plenty of blood, sweat, fights and tears. How is it that I had to dig so hard for them? Maybe it’s because I didn’t take photos or videos of my kids yelling and fighting (who would?) and so I couldn’t recall. Or maybe it’s because I have a bad memory (which is true). I asked God.
I believe it is because the God had given me His vision for homeschooling – to nurture the children in their gifts and passion and to encourage them to use their talents to serve Him first. The journey was most challenging but God had been most faithful to watch over us, protect us and provide for us every step of the way. As we enter into a new season of our lives, with John beginning his National Service, I know this vision still holds. It is super stretching for us but our Most Faithful Lord, who desires to give us abundant life (John 10.10) will continue to unfold His best plans for us and lead us in His ways.
Proverbs 29.18 (KJV)