So we are all heading into the new school year. I can smell fall in the air and see the colours on the trees start to change. So hard to admit when we've had such a wonderful summer with the awesome heat and sun.
This year our family is heading into a new season. My oldest baby. Leanna Harmony age 8 is going to public school. I can barely believe it, even as I write the words now. WOW where has the time gone? I know this whole feeling of my kids growing up has been somewhat delayed because of them being homeschooled. But again WOW! I have a young lady in my home. She is such a solid kid. Not perfect, her attitude and reactions have much to be desired at times, but if you were to ask her questions about her value and worth, she would know exactly who she is! If you were to ask her who she is in God, she would relay a beautiful story of how much God loves her and that she is absolutely perfect just the way she is! I know our job is not done with her even remotely... but I am soooo proud to say we have followed God's leading so far in the first few years of her life. I believe we have stewarded her life to the absolute best our abilities. I have fought Adam so many times on homeschooling. It isn't something that comes naturally. It is hard work. I struggle. But year after year Adam has said to me... "Nicole it has nothing to do with academics, but everything to do with building character in her."
Anyone that knows me knows my journey through all the pregnancies... eekkk... it was hard. I got really really sick so teaching them became an arduous task fighting my physical needs and their schooling needs. I wore the guilt of Leanna being a "late" reader and her not knowing how to spell things correctly. I wore the guilt of her not knowing all her math facts or even the order of the months properly.... but now looking back. I am such a proud mommy. She is a smart and amazing girl! She has picked up everything that I have put down and more. Her desire to serve God and her family overflows from her. Her love for God and her sisters is a pleasure to watch. I am so confident in this next step of her growth. It's going to be hard for her. Not only is the learning curve going to be great but it's a whole new social environment. But thankfully I believe God has been preparing her. She has made some amazing friends in our neighbourhood who will be going to the same school. We have been going through a study with the girls on purity and "saving" their "kiss". And she has been growing in her relationship with God at an astounding rate.
A couple weeks ago, I started a conversation with Leanna about school and I said that her dad and I haven't decided yet whether we would be putting her in or not... and wondered what she thought about it all. Leanna said, "Mom, I am really really excited about being able to go to school with my friends, but I trust you and dad. If you say that I am not ready yet I will be totally okay with that decision." Brings tears to my eyes now. That is when I knew my baby was ready!!! She will be mature enough to handle mean kids, or social issues. She will know when to go to the teachers for help and most importantly she will know that her dad and I are completely behind her ready to help in an instant no matter what.
Thank you to all of you who have been on this journey with us so far. Your encouragement, insight and wisdom is what has consistently kept us on the right course and we pray that as the changes continue on this amazing journey we call life, we will be found relying completely on God in all circumstances.