To be honest with you I don't think I could have stayed on this journey as a SAHM (Stay At Home Mother) and homes schooler for as long as I have without the blessing of friends who over the years have provided support and encouragement.
The friendship group I'm talking about are the woman who are currently in the season of life of homeschooling their families and those who are older and can mentor me. These women are vitally important to the success of my journey. They pray for me regularly, have seen the good, the bad, the highs and the lows of my journey. They are there to lend support in a multitude of ways from babysitting to cooking a meal when I'm not well. We have shed tears together and laughed together and they are the glue God has used to keep me together on the journey. Why ? They understand because they are currently living the journey with me.
The bible has this to say about support and friendship:
- Ecclesiastes 4:12 says: And though a man might prevail against him who is alone, two will withstand him. A threefold cord is not quickly broken. This is so true. When I have come up against negative pressure about homeschooling then it's my friends who have stood by me and strengthened me. On the days when it is just plain hard to keep on keeping on it then that the strength of my friendships have given me the courage to keep going.
- It also says A friend loves at all times, and is born, as is a brother, for adversity. (Proverbs 17:17) Adversity comes in many forms when you home school from the neighbour or family member who disapproves of your educational choices to the child who defies your every instruction and makes schooling an uphill battle from sun up to sun down. Your friends and family are then your support.
- Iron sharpens iron; so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend [to show rage or worthy purpose]. (Proverbs 27:17) I am so very grateful for this part of home school friendships. My friends are not afraid to let me know when my choices are not so wise. They speak the truth in love and keep me accountable and for that I am so grateful.
I really enjoyed this statement by Renee Gotcher from Next Generation Homeschool: "When you think about it, homeschool support group is a bit of an oxymoron: We choose to homeschool so that we can independently make decisions about our children’s education, and yet we inherently desire the support of others to inform, encourage and assist us." To read more about the role of support groups in helping you successfully home school your children go to: Homeschool Support
- We're still in school holidays here so our schedule is fairly lite.
- Logged into A+ Interactive Math and worked on math recovery
- Nathaniel is loving Horrible Histories Series (sample on YouTube) so we have been watching an episode each day of that on our new favourite app: Netflix.
- We watched a documentary about sharks called: Smart Sharks swimming with Roboshark
- Nathaniel had some play time while I did some Social Media work.
- We read The Answers Book for Kids Vol 1 and had some interesting conversations. I learned a couple of interesting things too.
- We went to a friends house for an hour of fellowship. We have been meeting up weekly for the last eight years and I pray that we will be able to meet up for many more years to come.
- Paul came home and prepared for his Pilates class.
- Wednesday evenings are family movie night so we watched The Emperor's New Groove.
Blessings until Tomorrow
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