More constructively, feelings and emotions are the impetus for me to consider and to act.
The realization that, somewhere next year, Catherine will be attending school, either at the school in town or in our home, has meant that I have been investigating both. Although our heart's desire is to begin with the homeschool option. I've written before that we intend to prayerfully take each child and our family situation to the Lord each year, seeking Him for His direction as it regards schooling, rather than making a once for all black-and-white statement.
So here we are, a year out, thinking and praying this one through. I've investigated the school in town to be informed, and have been reading some homeschooling blogs that have been incredibly inspiring (and incredibly overwhelming!) Did I not get a degree in education? Did I not already teach for two years? I feel lost when it comes to teaching our own children. Like starting at ground zero. At the end of the day of journeying around different blogs and websites, I find myself asking the Lord, What do You want me to take away from all of this?
At the moment, I sense that there are areas I could better get under my belt now if our focus next year is starting school.
Primarily, heart stuff:
continuing to focus on teaching our children to listen and follow directions. "Obey right away" is often heard in these walls.
Secondly, home and hearth stuff:
With a family our size, there are lots of dishes, beds, and clothes to be cared for. My philosophy (and it's still being worked out practically) is, if it's something the kids can do, then it's something they should learn to do. Can they make up their beds? Can they take their dishes to the sink? Can they sort lights and darks? Then I need to focus on teaching them the processes for these things and learn ways to integrate them into our day.
Erik: "What's for supper?" Sarah: "Umm... Hmmm... (what's thawed out?) Scrambled eggs?!" has been my answer far too many times lately. If proper nutrition is one ingredient significant for growing bodies, my marks are way down in the nutrition department. My mom always said having a meal plan and thawed out meat for your dinner that night is half the work. To cut down on hour long shopping trips to the valley, and to ensure a variety of meals, such has begun a monthly meal plan for the Snyder home.
Hopefully, adding structure to our basic needs (home and hearth) will be helpful to the overall function of our home, regardless of what schooling option we go with.
That said, I hope this post hasn't been too laborious for you to read, as it has been for me to experience these past few weeks. I literally have been jittery, feeling overwhelmed, and snappy at our children for childish things (like spilled juice AGAIN?!!) as opposed to significant heart things.
If you want to pray for me, you can ask the Lord to show me new, creative, and productive ways to lead our children through this year of our lives... where He would have me restructure priorities (I feel so busy! am I missing their hearts in the process? am I listening? am I laughing?)... and to savor each day for what it is.