Growing up I always enjoyed school and absolutely dreaded the summer. We lived out in the "sticks", so there were no neighbor kids to play with. All of my siblings were already grown and on their own, so there was no one at home to play with either. I was always thrilled when August rolled around and it was time to hit the books again.
When I was in high school I had aspirations of becoming a lawyer, and the possibility of becoming a teacher never entered my mind. In fact, becoming a teacher was the last thing I thought I would ever do. However, God had other plans for me! Guess what He ended up calling me to be? Yep, you guessed it--A TEACHER!
I spent a few years teaching 3rd and 4th grade in a Christian school. As I prepared for the beginning of each school year, I had so much fun getting my classroom all decorated and preparing for my new students. I really enjoyed getting to know all of my students with their strengths and weaknesses, and I strived to make learning fun for them.
I loved teaching, but once God blessed me with children of my own, I knew that He wanted me to be at home with them. My oldest child attended a Christian school for Kindergarten, but the following year we began homeschooling her. We now live in an area where there is no Christian school for the children to attend. Even if there was one, we feel that our home is the best place for our children to learn. Now I know why the Lord had me spend a few years teaching in a traditional classroom; He was preparing me for my job as a homeschooling mommy!
We will begin another school year on Monday. I am so excited--I can hardly wait! (yes, seriously!) Bookworm will be in 3rd grade, Mickey Mouse will be in 1st grade, and Curly Girl and Nut will be doing "fun preschool".
My days are very busy, but I really wouldn't have it any other way. My children are precious gifts from God, and I feel so honored to be able to spend my days with them.