As a homeschooling parent, I spend my days at home with my children. This can be a demanding task but at the same time it’s the most rewarding way to spend every day. My children enjoy their time with me, and at home and I also enjoy that time with them.
We do everything together: read books, watch movies, play games, complete chores, lessons, enjoy nature and on and on. Of course, we also do many things apart: read alone, build towers, ride bikes, nap, etc. The lists on both sides goes on and on.
There are definitely days when we get on each other nerves and there are days when we can not enjoy enough time together. One thing I personally never wish is that my children were enrolled in public school and I can honestly say they tell me they feel the exact same way. We would miss out on so much of each other’s lives if we were not together daily as we are and not one of us wants that.
We greatly enjoy our times together, the memories and the love. The kids love knowing that I have seen their biggest moments, that I was there for them and not a strange person who leads them in class. They enjoy seeing those big moments between each other too. They will never forget the day Laycie learned to roll over, crawl, walk or talk. They will never forget those moments of Jackson’s life either. They don’t take those little things for granted at all.
Even through the ups and downs of life while homeschooling, these are times I would never change. I’m blessed in my life and my children. I am happy and in love with these moments we share and I couldn’t ask for better days than these right now in our lives.
So far 2010 has been full of surprises.
The biggest for me thus far is SNOW in Georgetown. We are so close to the water that normally we would not even see snow here. But since my little Emma has been sad to know that they had snow in Spartanburg, I would like to think God granted her white wonderland wishes and gave her some of the good stuff to play in.
The kids were very excited to look out their window earlier and see the fat little blogs of ice floating downwards from the sky. They were even happier when they realized that it was indeed going to stick and coat everything in it’s wet fuzzy wonderness. They patiently watched and waited. They ran everytime I called them from the back door to see the fluffy goodness from heaven.
They were even more excited when I told them to don their boots and head out in the stuff around 7pm. They ran and played and felt the drops fall down onto their skin. They caught flakes with their tongues. They scooped snow off the van. They made snowballs and started a war. They complained about the wonderful coldness of it all but they LOVED it none the less. A viable science lesson provided by God.
Then they came back inside to lay on the floor in front of the fire and watch a movie until bedtime. They were anxious for sleep because they know with the dawn comes more outdoor fun in the Wintery Wonderland God has blessed us with outside. Tomorrow brings snow fights and snow cream, melting flakes and Snowmen.
But for now, it’s goodnite and sweet dreams for the February Snow of 2010.