Saturday, January 7, 2012

Homeschool Mother's Journal

In my life this week...
Chaos, unmotivated, just overall trials.  This was the first year we actually took a break at Christmas time.  We had a nice groove going until then.  I'm not sure the break was worth it.  Satan has been attacking us and I refuse to let him win!! 

I had to step back and re-evaluate why we homeschool in the first place.  Our daughter's have learning disabilities.  It doesn't mean they can't learn, it just means they learn differently and at a different pace then all other children.  Which doesn't work in a public school setting.  At least it didn't for us.  They were forced into a box with children that learned at the "normal" rate.  If there is such a thing.  We were told by the school that our daughter would never learn unless she was medicated.  What?!  Up until that point God had been prompting me to start homeschooling.  It wasn't until we found our other daughter in the corner playing because the teachers didn't know how to "deal" with her.  Ok I finally got the message.

But through all of our homeschooling years, I have fallen in love with my children.  If that makes any sense.  I have really had the opportunity to get to know my children.  So my prayer for the upcoming year is...Lord help me to remember why I'm homeschooling my children.  Please put the joy back into teaching them Your ways.

In our homeschool this week...
Trying to get back into a schedule.  It has been really hard getting back to it after a break.  But this week I am determined to make a schedule, plan and chore list and stick to it!!  Mainly because my college course start up again in 2 weeks.

I also have to remember God made each of us in His own way.  I have to stop comparing my children to others out there.  Stop trying to keep up with the "Jones" family.  (No I am not trying to keep up with them just a made up family).  I'm sure we have all done it.  Having a child with learning disabilities I think I might do it a bit more.  Especially when all we hear is criticism from people.  We are always hearing how smart so-in-so is.  This is mainly within the family.  Sometimes I just want to throw in the towel.  Like I said at the beginning....I feel as if I'm at the center of chaos.

Questions/thoughts I have...
Psalm 121:5-6
"The LORD is your keeper;
The LORD is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
Nor the moon by night."

A photo, video, link or quote to share...
Boy I sure love these 3!!

I'm linking up with the Homeschool Chick for the Homeschool Mother's Journal.


Michelle said...

Thanks for dropping by.. I responded. I hope you soon find your "groove" and are able to move forward. It will happen. It WILL. :-)

Our Side of the Mountain said...

Life can certainly be challenging with our special kids, huh? But you know, those challenges are what makes us all better Moms (and people) in the long run!

Hang in there! It's hard to refocus after a break from the usual, especially when the usual is more structured.