Thursday, September 04, 2008
Jenn's post about homeschooling has inspired me to write my own.
We too started school this week, and yet...
As you may have noticed, nothing was on this blog about school in the Hendrick house.
Nothing is hardly ever on this blog about homeschooling.
Because I'm a chicken.
Like Jenn mentioned, I constantly feel like I have to apologize for homeschooling, avoid the topic, or at least not talk about it much.
I'm not about to turn this into a homeschooling blog...because...homeschooling is a PART of our life. It is not our life. You can all breathe easy. I'm not going crazy right before your very eyes.
Another thing we aren't ever going to do is say that homeschooling is the only way Christians can educate their kids without making God upset.
Are you kidding?
This is me talking.
I shy away from ANYTHING that even sounds a little like there's only one way to do negotiable things in scripture, or frankly, things not clearly spelled out or even mentioned at all. We serve a big, creative God. There is so much freedom in Christ. I'm way too out of the box to put something as huge as education in the box, especially since there is no 1st Book of Education in the Bible.
I hate fighting about things like breastfeeding/bottle feeding, eating organic/eating boxed macaroni and cheese, birth control/no birth control.
I hate it.
But, because of my fear of man and my nature to want to please, I've also done a horrible thing that God has been convicting me GREATLY about lately...
I have kept "off limits" this one area of our lives.
I have kept quiet the fact that homeschooling is a daily part of what we do and what we believe is right FOR OUR KIDS and the way we feel God has asked us to do ministry.
I started this blog to keep a journal of the lives in this home. I also wanted my family to reap the firstfruits of the gifts God has given me. So, that meant, I wanted to write about them, to capture their moments in little black letters.
This blog has become much more than that, which was COMPLETELY unexpected.
But, my main purpose remains...
I want to faithfully document all the things that God has done in our lives so we can be faithful to thank Him and remind our kids of the great things God has done. We want our kids to know that everything in life is a process. We want them to see how God has taught, grown and changed their parents over the years. We have done that in many ways on this blog.
This blog has been eerily quiet about what happens during school time.
So, as of today, I want to be different.
I want to please God and my husband more than I want to please you or other people in our life.
We are a homeschooling family.
We love homeschooling.
It's hard sometimes and has its challenges, but we love it.
We truly believe it's what God wants for OUR KIDS right now.
Can we pop fire works today?
Maybe you read this post and thought, "Why is she making such a big deal about this? I don't give a fying fishstick how they educate their kids."
Thank you...but this was probably more about me and my issues than anyone else's.
For me, this was a big day, and this is a big post.
I want to sing the National Anthem.