Home Work

I looked them both in the eyes as we studied, and I realized just how little I actually look at them carefully, intentionally.
I tend see them all collectively, which isn’t fair to any of us.
Each so unique and special, I love their personalities.
He can talk non-stop about black holes or cuttlefish or light sabers.
She sits and pours every ounce of attention on the story in her chapter book.
The little two are just as special – with those big eyes and bigger smiles.
If I close my eyes, I can see the outlines of each little face…but not their eyes.
Sad that I’ve gone so long without paying attention.
Grateful that I realized it now.
My first homework assignment is to look in their eyes, to listen and to really hear.

We start the morning with scripture and breakfast.
Copycatting phrase after phrase, rote memorization.

Even after only a few days, they know it well.
I pray they always will.
(I’ve promised that they can pick next week’s verse.)

Our day starts chugging gently like a train until we are full-steam ahead.
The little two mostly play while we bounce back and forth from lesson to lesson.
Alden likes to sit in Lydi’s lap while we read, and so we all three cuddle during school.
It seems so natural, and yet it is a novelty to us.

Carter prefers working at his desk.
I give him a checklist every morning and he checks it off methodically.
Lydia loses hers a few times every day.
They are us, I tell Marshall.
I knew it would be hard, I tell him, but it wasn’t as hard as I expected.
I knew it would be trying at times, but we haven’t had any major meltdowns.  (yet.)
And then contentedly I say:  I knew it would be wonderful, but I had no idea how much it would flood my heart with happy.

4 Responses to Home Work
  1. Momma Lioness Michele
    August 15, 2012 | 9:38 am

    You are so brave to take this path – sounds like it is working well for everyone! So happy to hear it :).

  2. Carrie
    August 15, 2012 | 9:51 am

    I know what you mean about the stopping and just looking. And listening like nothing else is going on. Its a struggle in our house to see them past one another.

    You’re doing great!

  3. Traci
    August 15, 2012 | 12:48 pm

    I promise I am not going to write something on your every post but I have to say “I told you so”. You are SO made for this, you are SO good with this and you are SO special to the bigs and the littles. I am SO glad you tried home schooling because all the kids are SO going to be smarter for it, in knowledge and in life lessons.

  4. LeAnn
    August 15, 2012 | 3:23 pm

    I’m so happy to hear this! I have prayed for you all and thought about you these last days. seems like it’s off to a beautiful start!