When I look around & see this, I realize THIS IS IT!
THESE ARE THE MOMENTS:
building blocks, playing store, blanket forts, art kits, tangrams,
our very own stick people, tool kits, marble mazes,
flash cards, board games, even made up games,
dress up superheros, sharing devices,
& the endless piano playing, singing, & reading (yes, even at the beach)
THIS IS IT! THESE ARE THE MOMENTS that pay off, where grace abounds, that prove that there is a God, that shine LOVE, that cannot be taken away. These are the pictures that I usually do not share with real life messy hair dos & mismatched clothes, but I should. These are the images that I cherish, all that I possess of these times quickly passing. These are not the insignificant, they are us in real life. These are all reasons, the still images captured of WHY I homeschool. Sure, I'm smart enough to earn a prestigious degree, to be paid top dollar. I don't knock that. It's just not me. I'm free & happy here at home to learn with them, to love them, to watch them grow & change from tiny little dependent humans into dream chasers, world changers, independent ones that can think for themselves.
In my opinion, there's nothing in life compared to being a mother. Sure, no one stands in line to sign up for their sleep interrupted or changing poop diapers that have exploded onto everything in sight, but those are nothing in relationship to the bigger picture. The loves & laughter are worth the chaos & tears. Every milestone & triumph are worth fighting for. Why in the world I would usher them off & think of myself as incapable to teach them to read, write, count, or compute? I taught them to use a spoon. I certainly cannot give up now!
One day (too soon) they will all go their own ways & make their own decisions. They will even be equipped with the best social skills the south has to offer through our travels, community, homeschool group, church, neighbors, friends, cousins, & of course one another. With the grace & help of God, we will also be able to diagram sentences, master fractions, recite poetry, complete book reports, retell history, pinpoint geography, etc all while hiding God's word in our hearts!
Plus having all of these helpers around is definitely a positive too!
We're all in this together! THIS IS US!
Somewhere amongst all the crazy chaos
are 5 flourishing kiddos
that we only get this one shot at raising,
& I don't wanna miss a thing!