As you have probably noticed, I am not blogging much these days. We are busy, busy..but enjoying these long summer days.
This month will be a month of decision making for me about tweaking AO.. I have posted about it before, but there is still more tweaking to be done. It's the schedule; with 5 different children in 5 different levels of the curriculum, keeping with all of the narrations, and plethora of the other things on the AO schedules, it is simply overwhelming. And stressful. And not very enjoyable. For any of us. We will definitely continue to implement the CM philosophy in our home education, but that philosophy is not exclusively found in the AO curriculum, obviously.
So the tweaking begins...will I combine more things to do with all of the children?
Will I substitute some books for others on the schedule?
Will I completely ditch the AO schedules and booklists altogether and go back to doing school the way we did in the early days of our CM journey?
Time will tell.
So while I am deciding what to do about the upcoming school year, I will be absent for a while. I hope to be back sometime later next month and let you know what I decided to do.
Sometimes when I have trouble falling asleep at night, I think back on my day and wonder...
Did I honor the Lord in everything I did, or selfishly live the day for myself? "Therefore, whether you or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." ~ 1 Corinthians 10:31
Did I work diligently to keep things running smoothly in our home, or let things go awry because I was too indifferent to what was going on? "She watches over the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. " ~ Proverbs 31:27
Was I a crown to my husband, or was I too focused on myself to care about his needs and serve him? "An excellent wife is the crown of her husband, but she who causes shame is like rottenness in his bones." ~ Proverbs 12:4
Did I set a godly example in front my children, or was I too pre-occupied with other things to care what kind of testimony I have? "And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up." ~ Deuteronomy 6: 6&7
Did I use a gentle tone of voice, or snap at the children out of frustration? "..rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God." ~ 1 Peter 3:4 ; " And on her tongue is the law of kindness." ~ Proverbs 31:26b
Did I gossip and backbite other people, or did I hold my tongue and pray for them instead? "Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth,but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers." ~ Ephesians 4:29
Did I have a merry heart or a grumpy, self-pitying attitude? "A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance.." ~ Proverbs 15:13
Ok, ok, that's enough!! :)
Wow..it's a tall order, isn't it? That isn't even all of it! I could list more, but I won't.
Let's be honest, friends: being a godly wife and mother is a tough, exhausting, feel-like-pulling-my-hair-out (just keepin' it real!) 24-hour aday career. Raising the future leaders of our churches and our country is a daunting task! How can we ever hope to accomplish it successfully?
As believers, Christ is sufficient for all that we need: "I can do all things through Christ, Who strengthens me." ~ Philippians 4:13
We need to keep on keeping on, friends!! Keep on reading the Word, keep on praying, keep on teaching, keep on serving..just keep on!
He will provide our every need.
When we are in the deepest trenches of motherhood, He will see us through.
And when we see our children go on for God after they leave our nests, it will be worth it all...
all the time...
all the prayers...
and all the sacrifices.
"I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth." ~ 3 John 4