Saturday, January 19, 2013

What Keeps Me Laughing...

These boys....

Just to warn you up front, this might be a post for grandmas or those who know the boys super've been warned.

Some days I get so caught up in the mundane...the laundry, washing dishes, vacuuming, dusting....wait... no, not dusting.  That never seems to occupy too much of my time.  But I digress...the mundane.  And I forget to take some time to really enjoy my boys for who they are and the blessings they are to me.  So I thought I'd take a few minutes to record how they've been making me smile these days, and sometimes even laugh out loud (that's lol for all you who learned to read by texting).  Anyway.....

- Their sweet faces and snuggles (mostly the senior one...junior doesn't sit still for long enough).

- The ice skating parties they have in their slippers on our kitchen floor that usually ends with someone bawling because they were bowled over.

- My orthodontic retainers found in the toaster oven.  (Thanks, Micah!)

- To go with that theme...the matchbox cars found inside the cover to our couch cushions or his used milk cups back in the cupboard. 

- These ridiculous hats they got from "da bery nice man at da Bwew Store" (aka Walmart).  Even a few days later I'm hearing from the big boy, "You know, mom, he sure was nice!"  And now they're wondering when we're going to visit the Statue of Liberty.  Think I can dodge this one by going back to visit the Liberty Tax Service guys?

- Micah, seemingly in an effort to be more efficient, trying to feed himself by pushing his food through his belly and directly into his stomach...gotta wonder what's going on in that little head.

- Will freaked out that anyone would eat a cucumber..."Moooom, Larry Boy's a cucumber!" (Currently the favorite super hero of the Schmidt house.)

- How I find half eaten waffles all over the house because the little one steals them and eats them...frozen.

- This scene I happened to walk in on with the suspect nowhere to be found...I have a pretty good guess, though.

- The incredibly detailed descriptions I get of each type of Angry Bird with what they look like and what their special powers are from the eldest...just a testament to this boy's memory.  (Don't worry, he gets no greater than 30 minutes of screen time each day!)

- Micah telling me in his sweet raspy voice that, "I'm oh-kaaay..." after every tumble he other words 30 times a day.

- Even Micah, for reasons completely unbeknown to me, yelling down the stairs while I'm doing the dreaded laundry, "Momma, if you don't wisten, you're gonna get a spankin'!"  I didn't let him see me smile at this one...we had a talk about things you don't say to momma.

Ahhhh, life with two little ones.  Just taking time to stop and smell these roses, because they'll be grown before I know it!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Me? A Teacher? Me?

Whew, it's been a while.  Haven't had much to write about lately...or at least nothing I'd consider worthy enough to take the time to write.  On the other hand, that's never stopped me before.  Hmmm...  Well anyway, I finally decided to crawl out of my hole to give an update on what's going on around here. Sitting on the edge of your seat, weren't you?  I know.

Well, it's official.  This past week was the grand opening of the Schmidt Academy for Boys (a borrowed, adapted title from a friend - thanks!).  Yup.  We did it.  We took Will out of the school he was in and started homeschooling.  Did I just write that?  Now it's really official if it wasn't before.  **Gulp.**  Me.  A teacher.  Me.  Ummmm...did we really think this through?

Truth is we've been praying a long time about Will's school situation. Public school?  Private school?  Me?  A teacher?  Me?  What were the other options again? 

Well, after a lot of praying and anxiety and considering Will and his needs (that I'm sure I've blogged about...check the archives), we decided to go with public school.  With his special needs, we felt that would probably be best for him because of the access to services like speech and such.  So after a lot of worrying...a lot...he started kindergarten and guess what...he did just fine.  But as the year went on I started to recognize some things about both he and I.  Things that weren't completely apparent before we started the year.  Woah, woah.  Wait.  Let me back up a little bit.  Back to the the only parenting manual we have.  Back to the Bible.

What does God tell us about how we are to raise our children?  About how we are to teach our children?  What is our role as "parent" supposed to look like?  You don't have to do a deep and thorough study of the Bible to figure out that God thinks it's important to teach His Word to our children.

Proverbs 22:6 says: Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. 

Or from the new testament: Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. (Ephesians 6:4)

Okay, so teach the Word of the Lord to your children.  When?  Sunday morning?  At Wednesday night Awana?  Well, that would make things a whole lot easier, but I don't think that's really what He had in mind.  Right after Moses finished presenting the Ten Commandments to the Israelites, he gives further instruction on what are to be done with them.

These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts.  Impress them upon your children.  Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. (Deuteronomy 6: 6-7)

So not just Sunday morning, Lord?  This looks like...well, all the time.  Hmmmm.  This is going to take some intentionality.

Intentionality.  Do you know Gregg and I?  We can be passive.  Procrastinators.  Uh....lazy.  We've had to do a lot of backpedaling in the area of intentional parenting.  Because of this, the significance of this role has weighed on our hearts with seemingly greater intensity.  Our eyes were opened and we were given a burden for the hearts of our children.  Sound stupid?  Are you asking yourself, "How can you not have this burden the day you become a parent?"  Did I also mention we're selfish?

So back to the present...Will...public school.  Fine.  We'll just continue to teach him the ways of the Lord around that time.  No big deal.  Or so I thought.  Here's where I began to learn a little more about my first born.  Will in all day kindergarten = mentally exhausted every evening.  No time for math games.  No time for reading, and that includes the Bible, folks.  And here's where I begin to learn a little more about me.  Martha with a wiped kid who doesn't want to do anything at night = okay, we don't do anything at night.  The Bible is saved for Sunday and Wednesday.

Over the past few months, the Lord has laid this on my heart with increasing measure to the point where there wasn't a day that went by without me thinking about it.  In fact it was coming to mind several times a day.  Lord, what do I do?  The answer seemed so clear...homeschool.  This was such a foreign thought to me because anytime it had ever come up before I immediately dismissed the notion.  Me?  A teacher?  Me?  Uh, no.  But nonetheless, here I was considering it.  I brought this to Gregg really without knowing what he'd think about it.  We'd never been die-hard homeschool-minded.  Both of us went to public school...there's nothing wrong with us. (Keep your comments to yourselves.)  To my slight surprise he wasn't outright opposed.  So we prayed about it and decided at this point in time we should give it a try.

So that's where we're at.  Me.  A teacher.  Me.  We have one week under our belts and we haven't killed each other yet.  We did come close the other night when he told me I was a bad teacher because I made him write his "4's" over and over to get the correct formation down (I wrote it like 10 times...geesh, mom!!!).  One thing I've learned this past week is you ask for patience before your feet hit the floor in the morning, and then several (hundred?) times throughout the day.  But we're also learning about Jesus and how He's the center of our lives.  And not only of our lives, but of all of history.  We're learning that "Bible Time" isn't the only time you can learn about God.  He's all around you and everything can be used to point back to Him.  Take it from this girl who always said "never" when it came to homeschooling, it's pretty stinkin' cool to see the lightbulb come on in your kid's head.  It's even cooler when that lightbulb reflects him learning a truth about Jesus.  And I get to be there for that!  I'm completely overwhelmed with gratitude (that's another post)!

The nice thing about homeschooling is little bro can get in on some of the fun. The other nice thing?  You don't have to wear pants.
I feel I do need to say that I don't necessarily think homeschooling is the only way to go.  Kids are wired differently.  Mommies and daddies are wired differently.  A Christian family may well be able to bring their kids up in the ways of the Lord while sending their kids to public school.  We have just come to the conclusion that this is the best way we can carry out our God-given task of Biblical parenting at this point in time.  This may change in a few years as we all grow.  We're just doing what we can to make sure the direction of that growth is closer to Jesus.