Recently, most of our activities were cancelled due to an usual amount of snow for our area. Two glorious weeks.
And I noticed that towards the end of the second week, I began to see things develop in my younger boys that I had so enjoyed in my older children. We watched “Life on the Mississippi” to go along with our history, and two of my sons built a lego steamboat. While we were taking books of a shelf so their daddy could paint, they discovered some literary treasures that I had previously told them were awaiting discovery. My sons who did not normally read for pleasure picked up a stack of books to read….for fun.
It was a treat to have t-i-m-e.
Theater, basketball and Bible Bowl probably have a permanent place in our lives. They are things that we have determined, at least to this point, important enough to sacrifice time.
But it’s important to arrange time in the day, in the season, in the year where there are lulls. These lulls don’t need to be filled, they can be savored. There can be time to read.
And these decisions need to be made on purpose. It is important to choose, to submit to the Lord and His plan for the good works He is preparing your children for and for the good works that He has for you.
I honestly know of no better resource to help you discern this than Marcia Somerville’s new book, Love the Journey. This is truly not a 300 page sales-pitch, even though she also authored the wonderful curriculum, Tapestry of Grace. You could easily read her book and know the that Tapestry of Grace is not for you. But after reading and applying this wonderful resource, whether you are just contemplating homeschooling or a twenty-year veteran, it will help you to do what you do on purpose!