This little hobby of mine got put on the back burner due to a huge decision our family made this summer. I'll tell you a little about it as I post photos of changes to our dining room....
This craigslist dresser now stores all our books and supplies for HOMESCHOOLING. Many factors went into our decision to homeschool our two children, but the most important was to teach our children the Catholic faith and all its' beautiful truth. We now have the freedom to tailor a curriculum at a pace for each child and to enjoy spending more time with them. Since beginning in August, we have been so impressed with the curriculum we are using, purchased from Catholic Heritage Curricula. It is rooted in all the beauty of our faith. I am learning right along with the children, discovering things I never knew, which makes me appreciate our faith even more.
They still get to see many of their friends at extra-curricular activities and playdates, as well as meeting new friends in a homeschool hiking class where they learn about nature and the ecosystem.
Each morning we ask Saint Anne de Beaupre (Mary's mother) to pray for us. We visited her shrine in Quebec City, Canada during the summer, and took home this beautiful little figurine which was blessed for us.
We only have one chance to raise our children, in a limited period of time on this earth. What a gift to be able to spend more vital hours with them teaching, learning, playing and praying together. Less time running around in a flurry will be time well spent. We will never regret spending more time with our children.
Parents know and love their children better than any other human being. God knows our children best, and has given parents a duty to raise up their children to follow Him and eventually enter His kingdom in heaven. That is the ultimate goal in this life He’s given us.
It is our hope that our children's hearts will be filled with a joy of the Gospel, which they excitedly share with the world…on the road to heaven.
And so each morning we meet here in this room, say some prayers, the Pledge of Allegiance, and begin to learn something new. Each day brings interesting discoveries, discussions, and yes - challenges. But we're together and open to what God is telling us.
That's all I can ask for.
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