Sunday, October 11, 2015

Homeschool News and Catching Up

Hello dear blogging friends, it's hard to believe that 3 months have past since my last blog post.  That is a record for me!  Although I've been a little active on Instagram, I miss catching up with all of you on this forum.  So I will do my best to return to interacting more in blogland this fall.
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.

First Day of Homeschool

14 comments:

Victoria said...

Awww, so happy for you Susan! What a wonderful decision you've made and you're absolutely right, nobody ever regrets having more time with their little ones:)

FRENCH LAUNDRY said...

Good for you, Susan! The time goes SO fast. My "babies" are now 12 (almost 13) and 16. Don't miss one precious moment!

Hugs,
Judy

It's me said...

It sound verry good Susan....lovely week love from me Ria x

Sea Cottage said...

Blessings in your Homeschooling dear Susan. I am thankful that we still have the freedom to Home educate our children. Mothering and home educating my four children were the happiest days. I miss it so much. Peace be with you xo Kerrie

Petite Michelle Louise said...

What a touching post Mon Amie. You've made some lovely changes to your dining room....it's beautiful AND functional! I am sure you will rock the homeshcool role you've taken upon yourself. You and Brian are wonderful parents and you are all so very blessed. I'm so very blessed , too, to call you "amie." ;)

Donna said...

It's so good to see you back, Susan! Blessings to you and your family on your home schooling journey! That is awesome you are sharing your love of God with them. Love their sweet picture, they are just too cute! I am so glad you got to visit Quebec City this summer. Isn't it gorgeous there? We hope to return this year at Christmas.
You are such a sweet soul, and a wonderful mom, too!

Junkchiccottage said...

Hi Susan,
Good to see you back. Your kiddos are adorable. Home schooling is a work of love that you are doing for your kids. Congrats on making that decision.
Kris

Heather said...

How amazing, Susan! That's wonderful! And look at those smiling faces :D what a dreamy place to learn each day. Wishing you lots of luck and fabulous learning!~!~!

June said...

I'm so proud of you Susan! It will be something you will never regret. My daughter has six children and she has home schooled all of the ones old enough for school and they are truly the sweetest children I know. My grandson chose to do his senior year in public school however, but he had a good foundation. I think it makes a family so much closer.
Your home is beautiful!
sending hugs...

chateau chic said...

You and your husband have made the best decision to homeschool. I know you'll never regret these months and years with your children. Being a mom...and teacher...is a challenging job, but the best job with the greatest rewards!!
Mary Alice

m.lisa said...

Your words are as heartfelt and genuine as you are my beautiful, talented friend!!! Sounds like things are going really well. I truly agree that we have a limited time to teach by example as parents. You will send your children into this world healthy in all ways. Much love and all the best always!!!

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