The majority of my time in this season is spent doing all the house-wifey things: I clean and I cook and I spend most of my energies watching after those two boys. Ten years ago, I’d never have imagined I’d end up having the life I live now! I wanted to be a mother, to be sure. I had absolutely no clue how bringing children into our family would rock the foundations of the life I had expected and planned.
Now I’ve made motherhood my career. It doesn’t pay much, the benefits stink, and the retirement plan is questionable. I had to make the conscious decision to sacrifice some material comforts in order to step into the role God had planned for me. None of it adds up, but I’ve never been more free or more at peace than I am at this moment!
Two years ago, we enrolled Seth in a private preschool because it seemed like a logical next step. Hawk was newly toddling and quite a handful, so we expected that it’d be nice for me to have time each day when both boys weren’t clamoring for my attention. In that season, however, I felt the Lord nudging me to consider homeschooling.
I did not want to homeschool at first. Too much sacrifice, I thought. That’s taking things a bit too far! But I dove in headfirst and we started homeschooling as soon as Seth’s preschool year was completed. This year, he is in first grade and we’ve fallen into a nice homeschool rhythm. I’m surprised how much I enjoy teaching him.
I’m a student of the Charlotte Mason way of teaching- I’m nowhere near expert level with this method, but gradually I want to move us in that direction. I am especially attracted to the emphasis on living literature because books have always been my favorite way to pass the days. I love reading with my kids more than any other thing we do, and I hope they continue to enjoy books all their lives.
So here’s pretty much the sum of my days, and therefore the themes this blog will likely follow as it grows: I give God my time and He gets the glory, I try to make our little house feel like home, I like to feed my family fresh food and read only the best books, and I’ve committed to educating our kids at home in the years to come. All said, I can’t imagine now ever wanting to live another way.