Wednesday, August 22, 2012
5:39 PM | Posted by Jenny | Edit Post
We have a new homeschool rhythm this year. It involves a lot of outdoor play in the mornings because the weather has been gorgeous (notice the two big boys are missing because they decided to turn into men and get jobs and take college classes).....
And the kids know what I really value and will make provocative statements like, "We should really just work on our relationships and play games today."
And because little Miss E and Ari take such great power naps in the afternoon, we can use that down time to be a bit more school-ish.
And potty-training counts as a subject right?!
Physical therapy hooked Esther up with a contraption to help her build her stamina and strength.
And I am not sure why this is, but Esther laughs and smiles a ton when she is laying down. I don't know if it's because she doesn't have to work so hard or she can see or focus better or what, but I love thinking about how when I lay down and rest on the inside I can better focus on the face of my King Jesus and smiling flows freely.
Because trying to figure out how to homeschool 15 kids of various ages and stages and abilities never really makes sense on paper. But somehow there is always a strategy that works for the current season. It's really important in this season that I have shiny nails to look at because listening to 7 little kids sound out phonics readers really stretches my inner ADHD girl.
But thankfully we mix it up with lots of celebrations. Like birthdays occur quite frequently. (one of my kiddos actually called a family with 8 children "smaller-ish")
And proof positive that God uses the weak things of this world...as we headed off to the park today I suddenly realized I had forgotten Solana at home. She kind of takes after her mom and was sort of flitting around the house in her own little world...
But we finally all made it and through much encouragement Esther walked longer than we had ever seen her go before falling. She ditched her walker (and her shoes) and gave us a great visual aid of persevering in the course set before us. We don't have to take someone else's path or try to keep someone else's pace, but as we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus He can guide us, keep us focused, and enable us to hear the Spirit say, "This is the way, walk in it."