Monday, August 24, 2009

His Promise


School starts in fifteen minutes. I'm sitting in my pajamas in front of the computer and all three girls are sound asleep in their beds. Our friends are walking the corriders of the elementary school. Parents are taking pictures and students are getting settled in their new classrooms. Moms and Dads are hugging their little ones and not so little ones good-bye and wishing them a wonderful first day. It's the first time in five years I'm not walking down the hall glancing over my shoulder as I watch one of my children settle into their desk as they wait for the teacher to begin. I'm not waving to my friends as they walk past with their children. Smiling at all the excitement that fills the little building.


But I'll tell you what else I'm not doing. I'm not getting into my car with an empty feeling as I pull out of the school parking lot and leave my children behind. I'm not keeping myself busy all day trying not to miss my kids and praying all goes well. Instead, I'm sitting at my computer. Happy all three of my children are in the next room. A little anxious about the upcoming school year, but at peace with our decision.


I never dreamt that 12 years ago as I was completing my teaching certification that someday God would call me to teach my own children. Whether this journey lasts a year or ten I can not say. All I know is that God has a plan. Has from the beginning. I'm on a path and He is the light I am following. He promised us that if we believed in Him, He would see us safely through the roughest storms. This morning I'm remembering that promise. There is great peace in that.

May God bless you and your children wherever they may be this morning.

16 comments:

Tabetha said...

I think you will have a blessed time with your children at home this year!! God bless you and your family!

Janna Qualman said...

Best to you and your family with this new endeavor, Kara.

T. Anne said...

I'm a homeschooling mom too! I love every minute. (OK well, not every minute...)

Karen said...

I started homeschooling my first for pre-school this past July. Things are going really well so far, and my 3-year-old often sits in and joins in with phonics and math. I'm excited to see how things progress with you!

Warren Baldwin said...

This is wonderful. What a great post! May you all have a wonderful school year.

wb

Nancy said...

It is a bit sad saying goodby to things you are used to, but you have much joy in the new thing. I'm happy for you and your children are sure to be blessed.

Aimee said...

What a lot of feelings you must be having this morning!

What curriculum did you end up going with? Or are you like us and have an ecclectic one?

Pat's Place said...

I thought about you and the girls this a.m. as I saw children flocking into the elementary school. Good luck with the new adventure!

Terri Tiffany said...

This was so touching and a moment for you to remember as you did:) I bet this year will be awesome for you!

Holly Rutchik said...

Hello! I came across you from Teri Tiffany:)

This post speaks true ot my heart. I am in total support of homeschooling and really beleive all children are in need of many different types of education. Many of my friends home school and I LOVE hearing and talking about it. My children are too young for school and I am keeping my heart open to what God calls me to. It is so wonderful to have mothers who go before me to be a witness of answering God's call for their family!
Bless you!
Holly FALLING UPWARD

Anonymous said...

kara,
why did we have to move? how perfect would it have been to be able to share homeschooling? i am excited for all of you and will keep you in my prayers.
elizabeth

Jessica said...

Most of the mom friends I have are homeschooling. I felt bad about not doing it, like it's worse for my son. But at the same time I have NO desire to homeschool. Maybe I will someday. The idea of it is wonderful, but I just don't know if I'm disciplined enough, or if I want to be. I'm so in awe of all you mommy's who do this. WOW. I think you all will have a great time and that your kids will settle right into it. Have fun and enjoy!
Today is my son's first day of kindergarten, so I know that empty feeling you're talking about.

Kara said...

Thank you everyone for your kind words and prayers.
Elizabeth, sweet friend, I wish you were here as well. But God had other plans and I'm anxious to see what He has prepared for you in Alabama!
Jessica, don't feel bad!! I truly believe every child and family needs an educational experience that fits them best. If God puts the call to homeschool in your heart I know you will hear the call:) You are a super mom and I hope your son's first day of kindergarten was wonderful!

Diane said...

Take it one year at a time. God will direct and redirect when necessary. Have fun with this new adventure!

Brenda Leyland said...

Loved your rainbow picture. I recently had a sunrise experience that included two beautiful rainbows at 5:30 in the morning. I invite you to pop over and see the pic.

Rainbows -- your posting calls them His Promise --- I'm so glad for His promises too!

I found your link as I googled for Jan Karon blogs. I love her books and the cookbook as well. They are treasures!

Smockity Frocks said...

Hooray for your new beginning! Have fun, and don't forget to relax and enjoy. You can do it!