Tuesday, September 7, 2010

I could have...

....written this myself, only not so well. Her thoughts are precisely what I was trying to relay last week. Though I left out so much of what was on my mind (which may or may not have anything to do with a baby waking up and needing me), she filled in all the blanks perfectly. Danielle....I love you.


amy said...

I needed to hear both you and Danielle. Thank you!

I am great at the "pretty" and kind of lacking in the area of academics. I am also a do-er not necessarily a planner

As we begin our first year of homeschooling 1 away at college, 1 home for college, a newborn and the first grader. There are moments when I am overwhelmed with all I must get done. There are also many moments when I am completely overwhelmed with gratitude that God has blessed us with these FOUR children!

My prayer...

Dear Lord,

Where I lack, pick up the slack.=)

Marla said...

Hi there. Today is the first day of my last year of homeschooling. I have two daughters and a son. My oldest graduated from college in December, my middle one is a junior at TAC, and my son is a senior in high school. This is my 13th year of homeschooling. I have also taught in a public high school. Over the years, I have often observed that homeschooling moms feel that a classroom would involve many more enriching experiences than they provide. I can assure you that this is, for the most part, nonsense. The teachers in regular classrooms, as hard as they work, still end up feeling like they are coming up short, due to the myriads of problems they face every day with their students. Sometimes, they feels as if they are just hanging in there with the basics, just as you feel right now. There is an ebb and flow to schooling -- both in homeschool and in a regular classroom. Try to go with that ebb and flow and look for what you can do with it. It is what happens over the long run that matters, not what happens today or this year. If your children emerge proficient in the basic subjects, taking responsibility for their own work, and knowing their faith, you will have equipped them for college and life beyond. A healthy family life will often give them what they need as far as art, music, science, and history are concerned (at least at your stage of the game). This has been my experience, anyway. Try to relax and enjoy your kids. You are a terrific homeschooling mom!

Kristen Laurence said...

Amy and Marla, and all commenters from my last post, I have an entirely different outlook now compared to last week, thanks to you ladies, Danielle, (and family and friends of course!). Sometimes all we need is a change in perspective. I am so very grateful for your encouragement.

Lauren @ Magnify the Lord with Me said...

I loved that, too!!! That is hilarious, Kristen! I espeically loved the line, "recipes for Cooking Your Way Through Roman History". I can totally relate to those "Are you kidding me?" moments.

My dear friend, Lisa is doing a series on homeschooling on her blog. She posts each Wednesday and I'm sure she'd love your insight.


scmom (Barbara) said...

I am right there with you. I never thought I would homeschool, and I always think I'm doing it wrong. I love having my children at home, but I don't always enjoy being teacher.

I have the satisfaction of knowing that I successfully homeschooled one to high school -- he survived -- thrived, in fact -- and is graduating from our Catholic all-boys school this year!

Prayers for you, Kristen, and all mamas like us.