It was everyone's first "first day of school." I was home schooled all the way through, and I've home schooled Katie so far. I managed to keep it together, even when I saw Katie's eyes glisten just a little. Luke looked a bit overwhelmed, although he fit right in with all the other kindergartners. :)
All morning I hoped and prayed that things were going smoothly, that they didn't feel overwhelmed by the Mandarin, that the other kids were friendly. As soon as I saw Luke, I hugged him tight and told him that he was welcome to stay home tomorrow! No such luck...he loved it. So did Katie, and she managed to navigate the "first day lunch box fiasco" pretty well.
Still, it was hard to send them off again today, even knowing they were enjoying it so far. I was really looking forward to homeschooling this year. I loved watching Katie learn to read, and the future was just as fun to think about--(re)learning history, geography, writing, and other fun things with them, going on field trips, finding passionate people to mentor them in art, music, or whatever else they wanted to pursue. It was painful to let that go.
But this morning, my reading started with Ps. 145:13 and ended with Jer. 29:11--both such good reminders to trust God with his plans. I spent this morning unpacking the games with Liz, per her request. They were all mixed in with school supplies, and I found myself unpacking things we hadn't planned to--books, manipulatives, and other school supplies I've accumulated from my mom. As I unpacked, I remembered something I tell everyone about homeschooling: Every good parent home schools to a certain extent. A good parent is involved with a child's learning, even if the bulk of it happens out of view. I can still encourage them to pursue their interests, read books with them, and provide them with enriching activities at home. I will probably always be a home school mom at heart.
Dreams should not be set in stone. I learned that with David, and I've learned that with our previous moves, and I've learned that from adopting...this is no different. This may be the plan that sets us up so well for a move to China, or we may end up going back to homeschooling. Planning for the future is fun, but I need to hold those plans lightly and take one day at a time.
The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does."