Monday, August 24, 2009

Today Was Full

“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.” Psalm 23:5 (NIV)

Today was a very full day. It was full of the moments that I thought I would encounter when God called me to homeschool. It was full of frustrations, full of meaningful discussions, full of opportunities to get to know my children better. It was full of object lessons, full of messiness, full of playing with friends and enjoying all the small moments.

Topics covered today:

1. My dear sister in law Beth is so very patiently waiting to welcome a little girl from the foster care system into her heart and home, she came by a close call last week. When discussing (I think the topic of hand me down clothing) Laura mentioned, "That's right, they sold that girl to another place" While I corrected her facts, I got the chance to remind Laura that sometimes we have to wait for things, even things as precious and important as a child who is longed for.

2. Jack had soccer practice tonight. As a boy who can be quite a bit stubborn when faced with something he is not used to and does not particularly want to do, I had to remind him that sometimes we have to do things we don't want to. I added to that, "We must listen to our coaches. Coaches should be respected in the manner that you are expected to respect your parents and your teachers." After discussing consequences to another display of dissatisfaction on the soccer field (punishment to include two days with absolutely no computer time) that little boy went to soccer practice and participated in a scrimmage that you could tell filled his little heart to overflowing with pride and team spirit. Right actions lead to joy.

3. We learned that flexibility leads to a lot of moments full of joy. After their Kardio Kidz PE class at the YMCA we joined our friends at the library playground for some lunch and some fun. This was more of a lesson for Mommy, since I should have sent us home to have the babies nap and the "schooling" start. As it turns out we had plenty of time for both.

4. We learned about why we turn off the computer during lightning storms, we learned that Ben Franklin was once a child just like everyone else, we learned that root beer and ice cream taste sweet after a hard night's soccer practice, we learned a bit more about each other, how to play with and respect each other. James learned how to catch a ball while sitting in his stroller. Laura learned how to throw a ball to James without hitting him in the head.

So our day was overflowing with moments, we were busy, but the day day wasn't busy, it was full. And so is my heart.

1 comment:

  1. kristina, you are amazing! your kids are very blessed to have a mother like you-i'm so glad homeschooling is going well!