January 23, 2010

On teh Road Again

Somehow I thought I was busy when they were young and I never had time to write or do things. I had no idea how much busier it would become as they got older and what a challenge it would be to be "home" in homeschooling. Somedays it feels like we run a taxi service but I don't regret that. I actually am learning to really enjoy the time we are all together in the car and to take to heart Deuteronomy 6:5-9.

And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

The time in the car together is a good time to teach and to listen and hear my kids. When we are one on one it is great stolen time that we rarely get and even when we are in a group it is good to talk about subjects or to listen to a good book on tape or yes sometimes do some car schooling.

I go through phases where I think we need to be home more but then I realize most of what we are out running around for is actually part of their educational experiences: piano lessons, art class, gym class, swimming, libraries, museums, sports, field trips and I am thankful to be able to provide those opportunities to the kids and to have the time in between with them to talk about what we are doing or whatever else is on our hearts and minds. Somedays when I am packing everyone into the car for what feels like an endless day of running around I need to remind myself of this and be okay with the fact that our homeschool does not look like traditional school and that is just fine.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous8:01 PM

    You are wise to view your life this way. Too soon they will be gone, and now those moments in the car are indeed stolen moments to be enjoyed.