Friday, May 21, 2010

Congrat's Senior '10

Enjoy them they grow up fast! Those are the words we hear from wise parents/grandparents who know only too well how fast those years go by. It's hard to believe that, in the middle of 2am feedings, explosive diaper changes, teething, potty training, sibling wars, preteen hormones, and the myriad of other day to day things we deal with while thinking, will this day ever end. But then you wake up one day and your 6 lb baby boy is 6 ft tall and ready to conquer the world on his own....He grew up fast...too fast...but I did enjoy it!

One reason we were able to enjoy these years was because 10 yrs ago we embarked on the journey of homeschooling. 10 yrs ago I had no idea what I was doing or how to do it. So.....I opened up the "ultimate guide to homeschooling", and found THE best advice. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them upon your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you lie down and when you get up. Deut. 6:6-7, So that's what we've tried to do. Some days have gone great, others not so great.
Homeschooling isn't for everyone, but we do feel it is what the Lord called us to do at this time, with this child. It hasn't been easy, but it was worth it. We want Chase to be academically competent, and be prepared for college, career, or whatever the next step is, but our ultimate goal has been to keep the "end" in mind and prepare him for that. I read a quote from a pastor/homeschool father that said something to the effect that if your child knows more about algebraic equations than about God then something is wrong. My thoughts exactly. 

I know I've failed miserably with teaching him 'these commandments' but I just pray the Lord takes my pitiful offering and multiplies it in Chase's life. I know God has a plan and a purpose for Him and he will give him what he needs to fulfill that plan despite what I did or didn't teach him academically. journey ends...and another begins. And we've enjoyed it together.
It's only for a moment you are mine to hold
the plans that heaven has for you
will all to soon unfold
so many different prayers I'll pray
for all that you might You do
But most of all I'll want to know
you're walking in the truth

May passion be the wind
that leads you through your days
and may conviction keep you strong
guide you on your way
may there be many moments
that make your life so sweet
but more than memories...

I pray that God will fill your heart with dreams
And that faith gives you the courage
to dare to do great things
I'm here for you whatever this life brings
so let my love give you roots
and help you find your wings

Its not living if you don't reach for the sky
I'll have tears as you take off
but I'll cheer as you fly.
-Mark Harris-Find your wings

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