Thursday, September 03, 2009

I am a home schooling Mom!

I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe." Eph 1:18-19

This is my verse for our home school! Every time I have read this verse over the years I have prayed it for our children. YEARS ago, I marked it in my Bible and wrote "for my children" beside it. Long before I knew who they would be, long before I would hold them or look into their eyes. But that this is my prayer for them hasn't changed, in all these years!

We started today. This is a day I have thought about, prayed about, talked about, doubted about, wondered about, prayed about, doubted about (did I already say that!) and asked a million questions about for the past few years. This day finally arrived. And what did I learn today?

That God totally knows what He is doing! This is going to be sooooooo fun. I thoroughly enjoyed all the preparation leading up to this day and almost wish I still had more prep to do, it has been so fun. I thoroughly, thoroughly enjoyed teaching today. And Hana LOVED it too! She didn't want to stop. She was begging for more. and to think I had doubts as to whether she would want to learn from me?! To think I wondered how our personalities would mesh in the classroom?

I realize that this was only the first day. I know it isn't all smooth sailing. I realize that there will be bumps and turns in the road. I just can't describe the peace that fills my heart today were this is concerned. I pray that continues. It feels so awesome.

Our memory verse right now... Psalm 136:1 "Praise the Lord He is good. God's love never fails" amen, amen and AMEN!!!!!!!

This is going to be sooooooooooo fun (did I already say that?)!!!!!!!!!!!


Kim said...

That's great, Marla! I'm so glad you are enjoying it too! Are you doing something to continue her Japanese education too? Just wondering and thinking - for ourselves someday!

Marla said...

Hi Kim! I always wonder what other international couples have in mind for schooling. To answer your question, Hana is still in Japanese preschool in the morning. when it comes time for her to start Elementary (April '11) we aren't sure what we are going to do yet. At this point we are sort of hoping the public school will work with us, and allow her to take some extra hours away from class to continue home school. We sort of want to keep her on a track where she can choose when she gets older which path she wants to take, Japanese school or full time home school leading to college in America (or somewhere abroad if she wants). We don't want to make that decision for her, but we will see how it all works out. what are you guys thinking?

Kim said...

I read the blog of an international family in Chiba. They have been sending their oldest (I think he's a 2nd grader now?) to Kumon to do both English and Japanese - he goes to Japanese school. I thought that was a great idea - perhaps an expensive one - but it works well for them.

I'm not sure if we will be here or in the US when the time comes for us. But, we still want to keep both languages as strong as possible, so...