I am grateful for the years I have had, and unbelievably grateful that I chose to home school. It has allowed me moments that most parents might miss, friendships most don't have, and a closeness that I treasure, and that--even as Carrie leaves--is the thing that breaks my heart!  Eighteen precious years of diapers, dolls, and a great dog on her bed, of books late at night and laughter in the morning, of determination and drive, of beauty and poise, of tears and joy.

Thank you Lord, for my little baby girl, and take care of her for me!

 As I look back now on what I felt, I realize so clearly that we all experience doubts over our home-schooling process. But the most profound feeling I had and have is that God’s grace is for now, in our present moments of regret and loss. We are not adequate, but He is more than adequate. The words of one of my favorite hymns, based on 1 Timothy 1:12, says it so well:

 I know not why God’s wondrous grace to me He hath made known,
 Nor why, unworthy, Christ in love redeemed me for His own.
 But I know Whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able
 To keep that which I’ve committed unto Him against that day!

Many of you have graduated your children this year. You may be experiencing your own inner struggle. The ministry of God’s Word resolves this kind of very personal conflict. As bittersweet as this time is, know that you have committed your child to God’s care - to the One who is the Great Shepherd and is caring for His lambs. May He give you His perfect peace!

Annette Friesen is the Home School Specialist for Peacemaker® Ministries, an international ministry committed to equipping and assisting Christians and their churches to respond to conflict biblically. Annette and Rick home schooled their three children all through their school years. Currently they are serving on the board of the Utah Christian Home School Association.

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