Can you remember when you first decided to home school?  When I think back to my beginnings as a home educator I quickly realize that, although my husband and I had researched, questioned, read, and prayed, we, in all actuality, had absolutely no idea of what this God-led journey would entail... nor do we still fully understand even today years later.

I can remember thinking that if we chose the right curriculum, then our children would be intelligent, God-loving, well-behaved blessings.  I remember thinking that if we chose the right schedule, then our days would be picture perfect Norman Rockwell times filled with eager children sitting happily at the feet of their peacefully smiling mother.  I remember thinking that our evenings would be cheerful reminiscences of a faultless home school day being enthusiastically shared with an adoring husband and devoted father.  Oh, do I remember!

You shall have no other gods before me. Exodus 20:3 (NIV)

One reality that has become unmistakably obvious is that there is no perfect curriculum, no perfect schedule, and no perfect husband.  Please allow me to continue... there is also no perfect classroom organizational method, no perfect teaching method, no perfect discipline method, no perfect children, and, to be certain, no perfect mother!  No single approach to home education is ever absolutely effective all the time, except focusing wholeheartedly on God.

Wow, when this realization hit, I was completely disheartened about my ability to homeschool anyone or anything... including our cat!  It was (and is still) not especially easy for me to always stay God-focused.

After all, I thrived on my being well prepared, well informed, and well organized, and yet still home schooling cannot be something I can control and set in stone?  Well... let me just say a huge thanks to God for being so patient with me... and to my husband, children, and friends as well.

Homeschooling is not like Hamburger Helper... to my knowledge there is not any homeschool kit in a box where you just add a cup of water, a dash of salt, and your family for a quick and healthy educational meal.  The reality is that homeschooling is an exciting, exhausting, ever evolving God-led journey filled with undreamt of blessings.

She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.  She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.  Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: "Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all." Proverbs 31: 25-29 (NIV)

Exciting?  Yes... I do enjoy those rare days when, with my awe-inspiring Proverbs 31, she-woman cape securely fastened in place, I skillfully conquer the mounds of smelly boy laundry, effortlessly surmount stacks of 3-day-old appallingly dirty dishes, lovingly educate diligent students, expertly prepare a delicious gourmet dinner, tenderly tuck in admiring children, affectionately fulfill my husband’s desires, and slip off to a peaceful night’s sleep all while a newborn contentedly nurses oblivious to my immense greatness.  Indeed, days of great accomplishment are exciting days. However, most days are filled with a different, but a much more precious excitement.  Excitement of counting to 10, of reading a first book, of finding the area of a trapezoid, of watching 9 Chinook helicopters fly overhead, of spotting a migrating Blue Heron, of learning to cook oatmeal, of helping sort laundry, of turning a somersault, and on and on and on... these are the kinds of everyday excitements from which cherished memories are made.