And the Countdown Begins…

It’s here. I can’t believe it.

Brendan started his last year of high school today.

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Here’s our very first day of homeschool seven years ago:

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And here we are today:

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Brendan is taking all dual enrollment courses through Liberty University this year.  This semester he is taking English 101, Math 115, Elements of Earth Science, and Survey of U.S. History.

Get ready, because this year’s blog is going to be very reflective and sappy as I graduate my firstborn 🙂 !

I don’t even have the words to share what I’m feeling today so we’ll go with Plan B.  I shared the following prayer with my homeschool group last week. I think that it may be a blessing to my readers too so I’ll just share this tonight:

Dear Heavenly Father,

We thank you for the incredible blessing of homeschooling our children!  We realize that not everybody has the freedom or means to keep their children at home and we are so grateful that you have chosen us for this task.

You are the Creator of all Things and we thank you for our amazing world, full of your glory that we get to study and share with our kids. Fill us with awe and wonder as we learn with our families. Help our children to see that everything in the past points to you. That history is actually HIStory…your story!

Father, we feel so unequipped for this task. Please give us wisdom, strength, and courage as we follow your will for our families.  We cannot do this without you! Help us not to compare ourselves with others, but to follow your plan for our individual, unique children. Each one is so special to you and we know that you love them even more than we do. Father, we acknowledge that you have special plans for each child and we pray that you help us guide them on the right path.

I lift up each and every mom and dad in our FAITH group.  Lord, you know the fear and uncertainty that the new homeschoolers are feeling. Please help them to remember that they are not alone. You are beside them every step of the way and our group is here to help them too. Help them to hold on to your promises as they set out on this adventure.  I also pray for the parents who have been at this for years. I know that the newness has worn off and they are tired. Give them a renewed energy and feeling of excitement for the task that is ahead. Father, give each of us the endurance that we need to finish this race well!

I pray for each of our children. First and foremost I pray that they will have a heart for you! I pray that each child will be rooted and established in love. That they may have the power to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know that this love surpasses all knowledge. Father, I pray that our kids will have a firm foundation and be built up in you, strengthened in the faith as they were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

Finally, Lord I lift up 2017-18 to you.  I am so thankful for FAITH and all that this group has meant to me over the years.  I love each and every one of our FAITH families and am grateful for the friendships that have been formed.  Please bless our year and use our group to further your kingdom. Help us to be a light to our community and to show your love to those around us.

Thank you for being the ultimate Teacher!

In Jesus’ Name I Pray,

 Amen

A Day of Darkness…

…in two completely different ways.

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Today was the great solar eclipse and it was also the first day of 9th grade for Ryan!  What 9th grader is ever excited about starting school, especially when it’s still officially summer 🙂 ?

Ryan will be completing Ancient History and Literature using My Father’s World.  He will also be taking Algebra 1, Physical Science, and Spanish 1.  Another year of That Dance Thing (Ryan is thrilled 😉 ) and Guitar will cover his P.E. and Fine Arts credits. Thankfully, Ryan was able to take Driver’s Ed at the end of last year so he’s all finished with that, and in 6 months he’ll be getting his learner’s permit.

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We also had fun celebrating Ryan’s 15th birthday this weekend.  I CANNOT believe that my “baby” is that old already!  Here are some pics:

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I have to admit that this year is somewhat bittersweet for me.  I no longer get to plan fun hands-on activities or spend lots of time teaching.  We no longer have a cute, decorated schoolroom or do crafts or baking activities together. I have to admit that I miss those days!

But, I still get to be here for my kids, to answer questions and guide their education.  I get to help them navigate high school and begin their college careers.  I get to love them and be their mom! I am so blessed that I still get to have the boys learn at home and spend these exciting, formative years with them. I am thankful!

Life is changing, and although all of these changes are not easy for me as a mom, I know that this is all part of God’s plan and that He is with us each step of the way!

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My Happy Place

Well, summer is winding down and we are gearing up for a new year.  I’ll be sharing about our upcoming school year in the next few weeks, but first let’s focus on the fun stuff 🙂 !

We just spent four nights at the Natural Bridge Jellystone Campground and had soooo much fun!  I wasn’t sure how it would feel staying in a cabin verses our travel trailer (sold last year), but it wasn’t too bad at all – we got to see what life would be like in a tiny house…a little tight – LOL!

We spent time fishing, riding around on our rented golf cart, tubing down the James, eating dinners out, playing Exploding Kittens (some weird card game that Justin learned about from a friend), and just spending time together.  I LOVE making these memories with my sweet family!  I am treasuring each moment more and more knowing that Brendan will be leaving for college in a year and the boys are now young men.

Cherish every day you have with your kids!!!

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