This morning was our last Morning Time.
Well, the last with my two oldest children; one is graduating, the other is dual enrolling starting in the fall. Which means I’ll get to find out about Morning Time with an “only.” That will be a fun adventure.
For two years, in the Lord’s Providence.
And, then, she, too, will graduate.
For about 15 years now, I’ve identified as a homeschooling mom. “What do you do?” “Oh, I homeschool my kids.” And I’ve loved it – perhaps not each individual minute, but in the overall scheme of things it has been a joy and I’m thankful. Not everyone gets to lead this life and I know it.
There’s a sense that the atmosphere, discipline, and life of the homeschool has molded me as much as it has been a tool for educating my kids. I have never been a morning person – thus ‘ladydusk’ in place of Dawn – but now I get up mostly happily at 6 in the morning. My reading life is one I never thought I could achieve. My habits … well, I have some which is kind of exciting. Maybe I should cultivate that “tidy” one. I enjoy hiking (WHAT?!?) and learning about creation. The Lord has used the “holy sandpaper” of homeschooling to get a start on my rough edges, and there were plenty – and, let’s be honest, many remain.
Alan Noble, in his book You are Not Your Own talks about sermons about “finding your identity in Christ” as less than helpful; that is one part of the book that I disagreed with (I thought the rest was very good and important). My pastor preached on that topic and it was absolutely formative for me. If the idea of sanctification is [conformity] to Christ, then we should be striving (while He’s working) to become more like Him.
I was on a podcast the other day – it will be released in the next few weeks – and one of the questions was how does your faith affect your homeschool. It is the whole thing – everything flows from and points to the Trinity. Creation and Providence. Atmosphere, Discipline, Life. I am, I can, I ought, I will. Without the rock my home, my life, my children are shifting sand and we will go SPLAT.
So I want to remember that my identity is in Christ. I am Dawn Garrett: Christian. And Homeschool Mom has been and continues to be a means by which the Lord works in my life. Perhaps also in yours.