It's that time of the year again. Back-to-School. This time of the year always leaves me feeling a bit left out, and a bit overwhelmed. A bit left out because it all seems so exciting for the parents of little ones headed off to public or private school--the purchasing of new school supplies, meeting the new teacher and "back to school night", buying new school clothes and "the" backpack, parental thoughts of having whole days to yourself (without listening to sibling fighting, or complaints of not wanting to do chores or schoolwork!) to focus on work or personal projects. And it hits me again that I have not chosen this well-travelled road, and it scares me a little. I remember once again that I stand out on this limb, hovering over an endless crevice of which I know no bottom. Every year I do this is another year I have not done this before. I have never homeschooled a third grade boy and a busy five year old (and tried to balance an infant in there somewhere!). Can I do it? Anxiety sets in. And that's when I become overwhelmed at the task.
But then, I click into gear, I start making plans and getting ideas, and the excitement returns. I start meeting with my fellow homeschool mom-friends again (after our summer-long hiatus), and I remember I am not alone. I start organizing and planning, and I realize I don't need to cover it "all" in one year, and by focusing on just a few things I can do it better! And I remember why I am doing this:
(1) To disciple my children in a personal relationship with their Heavenly Father, and instill in them a Biblical Worldview.
(2) To remain close to them throughout their formative years.
I can do this.