What a crazy past 2 days it's been. Crazy-busy that is. Yesterday Kaitlyn & I headed out to Harrisburg for the annual homeschool curriculum fair. It's an event I look forward to every year. Partly because I simply love books, and partly because it really revitalizes my excitement for homeschooling. We seriously prayed about and considered putting the boys in school this year, but decided against it at this point. I've had so many little opportunities come up in the course of doing school (especially with Bryce) to sow into him, to shape him and point him in the direction of seeking God in everything. It's not that I don't think this could be done if he were in school; I know tons of kids who go/went to school (public & private) and are amazing. But for us, for this next year, we really feel like homeschooling is what we're supposed to be doing, and after wrestling with the decision the past few weeks, I am finally at peace with the decision, and so are the kids. God has been speaking to my heart again that I am called not only to educate them, but to prepare and equip them for the unique purposes God has for them. I feel like Bryce is at a crucial time with settling within himself what he believes. (I know they will obviously re-visit this many times in their life), but I want to make the most of the opportunities.
By way of an update on an earlier post, Bryce is very excited to be giving ALL his money (that he saved for the PS2 game) into the offering this Sunday. It was a hard decision for him, one that he really wrestled with, but he is now so excited to be learning to listen to God's gentle leading and obeying. He had a hard time saying what he felt God wanted him to do - which was give it all (not something we ever suggested, it was what he felt like God was telling him to do), but once he did we encouraged him that God would bless his obedience. We told him he may not see it right away, and it might not look exactly like what he expects, but God does honor our obedience. It will be cool to see what God does in Bryce through this - I'm sure it will be something he never forgets!!
I love my kids so much, and am thankful that God has entrusted them to me. I continually pray that God will guide us in our parenting, and to cover the gaps where we fall short. It's comforting (and hard to fathom, actually) that He loves them even more than I do!!