When August rolls around I get excited. I have all of these wonderful shiny new homeschool books on my shelves! I’ve spent hours praying over what to pick and trying to get the best prices. I’ve planned and agonized over my kid’s reactions to their new course work. It is an emotionally charged time! Then the official first day rolls around and we get busy with life and school. As we progress through those fall months something happens. We itch for those summer days of leisure. The kid’s start working at a snail’s pace but no worries it is only November we have all year to make up those few math lessons. Then December comes around. I personally plan for most of the month off from book studies because we get busy with holidays and family fun! Poof! It is the New Year and we only have to make up 11 history lessons, 1 week of science and about 7 math lessons! No problem we will double up! Do you see a trend here? All of a sudden it is May 15th and you are 4 modules in science from completion, 30 math lessons left and your 6th grader tells you he was stuck on grammar so hasn’t done it in a month. (Maybe I need to get on grading that book?) All of a sudden that May finish date is around the corner and we are not ready! So what do we do? Well, we get a schedule and work hard. Science can be tripled up! What we don’t do is get discouraged! We have time…
One of my favorite books in the bible is Ecclesiastes and God shows us there is a time for everything!
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die;
A time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
A time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose;
A time to keep, and a time to cast away.
~ Ecclesiastes 3:1-6
See we didn’t just get behind. We were busy building some memories! My husband was laid off for three of those spring months and we spent time together as a family. Our Pastor was called out of our church to another and we had a wonderful new Pastor (and family) come. There was work to be done serving in our local church during this busy time. My 8th grader started a small business. So while we were not busy with our book work we were still busy with learning work. I think God gave us this season. It was our time to gather and embrace. Next year will be a different world in our house. Hopefully my husband’s job will hold steady and he will be working. We will also have our first high school student. He will need to grow up a little and take some real responsibility with school work if he wants to go onto college. We will also have our youngest starting to do some real homeschool preschool work. Our times are changing but our goal remains the same. To plug along slow and steady. To enjoy each season of life that God gives us. In the end we hope to raise well rounded, God loving adults. We hope the years spent making memories will be remembered as good times. I doubt my boys will look back and remember many specific science or history lessons. I do hope they remember that their parents loved God and taught them to finish strong even if it takes a few extra weeks!
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