When I tell people I home school our kiddos, a super cape must begin flapping behind me. I am always told, "Wow, that is so hard. I could never do that." I am never quite sure how to respond because neither can I. I am usually on the brink of tears and frustration abounds in my sinful heart as I crave the "me" time everyone tells me I should have. Believe me, the line is not short of people telling me to send my kids off to public school so I can have a break.
The problem is, God has called us to home school our children. Yea, Yea...I DO crave and WANT time alone. I really do want to go to the grocery store without it being a circus production and come home not utterly exhausted from corralling children. (My children are well behaved, in my opinion. But they only last so long before the baby attempts to abandon ship aka. the cart and the temptation to touch is just to much.) I would really enjoy being able to make plans with girlfriends during the day...but homeschooling make friendships difficult.
When I start listening to the people who are saying "send them to school" or "look what you are missing out on", then I start to get a little testy. A little grumpy about the blessing God has given me. He has given me the opportunity to home school my lovelies. It doesn't mean I wear a cape. It means I get through a day by His Grace. Because, honestly, I don't know how I do it either. It doesn't mean I possess a quality that some of these other Momma's don't have. Because I don't have it. I was (or am?) a trained teacher to a room full of students on roughly the same level, not this crazy all over the page craziness. I have a climbing baby who is most interested in seeing what he can dump or tear apart or see how high he can climb or what baby proof lock he can break. I have a preschooler who I am sure knows letters, sounds, and numbers but it isn't the most important thing in her world. I have a 1st grader who needs a ton of reassurance and every lesson I transform into an actress to teach him. My 2nd grader hates to see anything less than 100% on his papers and is reading a few grades above level.
God has called us to sacrifice. And no, I don't have a cape.