Wednesday, April 18, 2012

One of The Best Things....

...about Homeschooling is spending so much time with so many truly unsung heroes.
Today I was at our co-op while the boys were rehearsing their plays. We had registration for classes for next Fall.
I was thinking about what a person would see from the outside, not knowing any of these Moms, Dads, and kids. It might just look like a bunch of families, but once you get to know them, you realize what an honor it is to be around them.

There is the family of 13, with six adopted kids, and a host of differing abilities. I enjoyed a lovely hour visiting with two of their young ladies this afternoon. What a treat!
There is the mom whose son is dealing with some very serious and scary neurological issues. Her devotion and wisdom gives me courage. He is such a brave young man and he is one of those heros.

There is the mom that has a houseful of young people of her own, of various ages, with her own health issues, that sometimes must seem very heavy, who has taken on the production of a play, and all that that entails, with a very large number of elementary school children. Her attitude, smile, and sense of humor is nothing short of miraculous some days.

There is the mom-to-all, who is directing our youth in a Shakespearean  production, fundraising for the Parish Youth Group, running said Youth Group, teaching the First Communion Class, and educating her own six kids. I am out of breath just thinking about all she accomplishes.

There are many, many more people and families that are raising up their children in the way that they believe God wants them to.
My kids are blessed with a peer group that supports their Faith, is respectful of other parents, and is full of kids that are really a lot of fun to be around. They are able to grow up in a safe and supportive environment, where families work together to make life educational, enriching, and fun.

This amazing array of talent, commitment, love, generosity, and Faith isn't a happy accident or a coincidence. I firmly believe that God has willed the homeschooling movement into existence and that He guides and guards us on our journey every day. We are blessed with the assurance that we are doing what He has called us to do, and that is a very good place to be.
If I weren't homeschooling, I would be missing out on time with my boys, time spent learning together, not just academics, but life lessons, and I would have missed out on the beautiful extended family that God has provided.

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