Seriously, where does the time go? And how does it go from like 100 degrees to 60 in a matter of 24 hours? Ok, maybe it didn't happen that quickly, but it sure seemed like it! Though, I have to admit, I love the fall weather. I love watching the leaves change. It serves as such a beautiful reminder of the sheer awesomeness (is that word?) of God's design in creation. It also serves as an amazing reminder that God, and God alone, changes times and season! He makes all things beautiful in His time!
I think that last part is the hardest: in His time! Those who know me know that if there is one thing I am not, it's patient (which really helps with the whole homeschooling, thing! Not!). I just want things to go according to my plan and my schedule...I mean, that's why we have plans and schedules, right? Ha! Very much learning that, though God is a God of order and control, it's His order and His control that are most important and always perfect...NOT MINE! Every day seems like a new lesson!
This home school adventure has been just that, an adventure! It is sooooo many things all wrapped into one: fun, crazy, frustrating, rewarding, annoying, a joy, and so many other things. But, I truly do cherish all the time that it has given me with both kiddos. And I love being able to show her God in each subject (the book of Numbers is proof that God is even in math, right? ;) ). Most of all, I have loved getting see her learn her scriptures. Not sure that she's really taking them to heart, yet, but Kevin and I pray every day that one day God will bring it all together in her heart!
It's also been so fun having Ethan around while we do school. I won't lie, there are days he's more of a distraction than anything, but it really is a blessing having him there. It is so fun listening to him repeat everything he hears us say, all while playing and never even looking in our direction! Of course, that's pretty scary, too, knowing he's listening even when we have no idea he is! Sure makes us think twice about what we say!!!!
Another exciting part of homeschooling for me has been watching Kevin teach Bible. We bought a book for this year, Telling God's Story: Year One Meeting Jesus. It is walking us through the parables, Jesus' miracles, and many other moments of Jesus' life here on earth so we can learn who He truly is. On Monday, Kevin reads us the Bible story and then explains it and shows us how it still affects our life today. He does such a great job at this! I love watching his interactions with Sophie as he is explaining God's word to her! Then, the other days of the week Kevin does a brief review of what we learned and I lead them in an activity that will help us remember what we've learned. Ethan is still a bit young for several of the activities, but he hangs in there anyway, most of the time.
Overall, I am reminded more and more how blessed I am and how much love God lavishes on me and my family every day! Here are some pics of just a few of the amazing gifts God has given the McSmith family: