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Why do we do this?

Sometimes we find ourselves asking the question, “WHY do we do this?”. Yet we know why. It’s just that it comes with a large cost and lets face it, that can be tough to swallow. Less money , less me time , less us time , less exercise  ,less space and I can go on but I think I have made my point. We sacrifice a lot to be where we are and yet we know that it’s worth it and the bonds that we are forming with our children and them with their siblings make the cost seem soooo itty bitty in comparison. As I read a judges remarks in a recent court case in Ontario regarding  whether a parent had the right to be informed of what his children were being taught it  in the classroom it reminded me ever so much of one of the BIGGEST reasons why we do this crazy thing called HOMESCHOOL. Here’s an excerpt of Justice Lauwers statement:

“Education of the young is bound to be formative; if the state educates the young, it also forms them, at least in part, and perhaps the major part.”

So here we are friends….Who is teaching YOUR children and what exactly are they teaching them? That may be just none of your business but that is not alright with me.  I want my kids best interests at heart and their strengths strengthened and their weaknesses strengthened and I want to be the person training their spirits to love, to forgive, to be merciful, and to be pure of heart. I want them to be seeking after Jesus as Mommy and Daddy  are and I just love the fact that I get to see their ‘firsts’ and their AHA(!) moments when they tackle some pre-algebra math equation that I can’t even remember ever learning in my life before I learned it with them. They are smart and fun and cute and I want to soak them up like there is no tomorrow.

Just so you know, I can speak from the other side too. As a young single mom of 19 I had to give all that away with my first born son. I missed it all. I worked and he did daycare and summer camps and public school for most of his school life. I let others raise him so I could get a career and pay the bills . I know some people just don’t even have much say in their current situation and I totally get that . However, this time around I had a choice and as I had my baby girl as a new Christian things started to look a lot different to me and I realized that I had some new choices to consider….and I haven’t turned back. So come along and join the fun and see what our journey has been like with a bunch of kids and their realtor parents who get to teach and share with them this thing called LIFE!!

 

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