I love to homeschool. Really, I love it!
Every day I experience little nuggets of goodness that make me thankful. One of these nuggets happened during while we were homeschooling last week. I looked over at my oldest son and my baby was sitting on his lap. He was redoing math problems and she was "writing" on her own paper. He was cheerful and she was content. I loved it. I had to snap a picture.
This picture is so sweet. It made me think of how much I love homeschooling despite its trials.
When something is difficult, it seems like the results are all the more rewarding. I've heard Novus Ordo priests who convert to the traditional Latin Mass affirm this fact. The traditional Mass is hard and manly. That is what attracted them to it.
example of the truth of this statement is Iron Man competitions. Why
would you want to torture yourself like that? Because it is rewarding!
By the way, I am not promoting Iron Man competitions. It is just an
example that popped into my head. I am the last person you'll ever see
running, swimming and bicycling all in the same day.
The level of difficulty is precisely why homeschooling is so enjoyable for me. It is hard, and it is manly. St. Teresa said, "I want manly nuns." She didn't mean masculine nuns she meant tough nuns, women like the mother in the book of Maccabees. She encouraged her martyred sons to die manfully, and then she died manfully.
Setting goals with children and then reaching them is very rewarding. I love looking at weeks and weeks of student plan books that are checked off! It makes me feel like I've accomplished something big.
Listening to struggling students finally read or understand a math concept makes the weeks of frustration seem like a blip on the radar screen compared to the joy I feel when they succeed.
It gives order to my day causing me to pray more and learn about the Faith
I don't feel rushed, and I'm not busy outside the home causing me to be more available to my husband and children.
I have the flexibility to teach the skills I want, to perform the corporal and spiritual works of mercy as opportunity presents itself, and to focus on special interests and problems that arise in the home and outside the home.
I am around other families who share my values.
Children make me laugh, and children cause me to hope.
We are creating bonds that will last a lifetime. I appreciate the shared lessons that have become a part of our common family experience. The memories we've created in science, history, literature and religion are only possible through home schooling.
I love watching children pass on what they have received to the younger children.
We laugh more than we cry. We pray and sing. We make huge messes.
We fight over who gets to go get the mail and who gets to make lunch. There is always a mad rush for the phone. I don't even bother trying to get the mail, make lunch, or answer the phone anymore.
We work together and pray together. Homeschooling has turned my home into a little monastery. What am I going to do with myself when it is over?
I have embraced every stage of my life, and I will embrace that one as well. But I'll look back on these years as the most important years of my life. How could I not?
It is what I am called to do--be a wife
and mother. I am bringing them up in the ways of the Lord so that when
they are grown they will not depart from it. There is nothing I will
ever accomplish that is more important than this. The only way I can do
this well is in my homeschool.
I've often thought...what would I be doing if I wasn't homeschooling? I can't think of anything that would be nearly as fulfilling.
I have never wished this time in my life away. It hasn't been easy. If it was, it wouldn't be nearly as satisfying.
Would you believe there were so many reasons that I love homeschooling that I had to eliminate the ones that were less important to me, such as the fact that I am finally a whiz at multiplication, and that I love the drawings and original works of art that have decorated my home over the years.
I hope this inspires you to manfully embrace the difficult
tasks God presents you. I also hope you will be supportive of the
families that you know who home school. Compliment them, encourage them,
and help them when they need it. Homeschooling is an honor and it is
And if you are a home-schooling mom, write your own list. I think you will be surprised how much you love homeschooling too!
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