I was humbled to be asked by someone I respect very much how I do my life homeschooling 6 kids. If you’ve wondered, here was my response…
Thanks for the encouraging words. It’s very humbling to be asked how I do it. My first response was going to be something like: I don’t do it. I suck at my life and I’m really discouraged too. But that was a bad moment and wouldn’t have been the whole truth. I do get pretty overwhelmed on a regular basis. Most of my blog posts are me trying to speak truth to myself rather than listening to my circumstances or fickle emotions. It’s hard to think about how to explain my day to day life without going into minutia, but a few noteworthy thoughts came to mind.
- There is no one solution that will suddenly make life into the ideal that I can imagine in my head (I’ve only started to come to terms with this idea recently). I’ve spent a lot of time trying a new technique, a new routine, a new curriculum, and while there are definitely benefits to better methods the principal of dying to myself, giving freely, loving my kids when they are needy and naughty is just going to be hard, always.
- Grace is real. Jesus already did all those hard things for me. A good day is a day I repent early and often both to the Lord and to my kiddos. His forgiveness is efficacious. If I really understand it I must and want to extend it.
- I have to constantly remind myself that I’m the leader. If things are getting wild and out of control, it’s my job to lead the troops to peace. That looks like entrusting their consciences to the Holy Spirit, reasoning with them from the Scripture, and setting the example with my own actions.
- Shepherding kid’s hearts takes time. I have had to slow way down, both from a lot of activities and from my expectations of how they will change and grow. Chris and I remind each other a lot to “take the long view,” meaning that we need to faithfully teach them the ways of the Lord, to discipline them, to keep giving them our love and ourselves freely over and over and over, trusting that in the Lord’s time he will use us as means to bring about fruit in their lives.
Again, these are all my own daily reminders. I was overwhelmed when I had 2 preschoolers and I’m still overwhelmed with number 7 on the way. But I can honestly testify to the Lord’s sustaining hand. We’re still fighting the fight of faith and when I look back 5 years I can see that we’ve been pulled along in the right direction, more sure of our need for a Savior and more sure of the forgiveness of our Savior.