Welcome back to 10 Days of Large Family Homeschooling!
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One day, as we were transferring files from one computer to another, I found this old webcam photo of me and my two oldest children. Meg was 2 and Blake was 5 and they were our only children at the time. I had started homeschooling that year. I was nervous and excited and totally ignorant of what this journey would look like.
Believe it or not, we didn’t start out as a large family. Very few people do. Most of us gradually find our way there over time. We adjust and revamp as needed and we never forget what it was like when there were only one or two children.
Frankly, homeschooling a houseful isn’t much different from homeschooling a couple of children. There’s always chaos to avoid, we’re always concerned about finances, we are always looking for ways to organize and track our homeschool, and we always have to feed someone. I’m just a small family…only magnified!
Homeschooling is a blessing.
Getting to spend 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with my children is something I would not trade for the world. I heard their first words read, I saw their eyes light up when subtraction finally made sense, I was who they ran to with a carefully scrawled signature.
We share a bond many parents today do not have with their children. We are able to stay up late talking, go on vacations in the off-season, and spend last moments with dying grandparents.
We love, laugh and live TOGETHER.
But I will caution you…
Homeschooling is not enough.
Enjoy the journey.
No matter your family size, homeschooling will not be enough in and of itself to bring about the blessing of a close-knit family. You have to live Deuteronomy 6 and Titus 2 every day. Don’t live in a house full of strangers. Don’t let the world come before the family. Cultivate the plants about your table, so that one day they will spread far and wide. Infuse them with God’s Word and watch them grow!
And please, please enjoy them. Enjoy the time you spend with them. Smile at them. Laugh with them. Be interested in them. Homeschooling shouldn’t be a drudgery. It should be sweet, sweet fellowship!
I pray the last 10 days we have spent together have been ones that have challenged you and blessed you. They certainly have done so for me.
To God be the glory!
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