I received a comment the other day that I had to address. It is important to me never to present our family in an unrealistic light. Here is the comment:
Enola, this comment has nothing to do with your post today (with which I agree, by the way), but I am interested to know what homeschooling porgram you use for your children -or at least what Christian Bible sudy program you utilize. Your family seems to be one of the most in-tact, functioning families I have read about, and I would just like to know -if it is not too personal a question. If it is too personal, please forgive my question.
Oh, what a humbling statement! We do have a wonderful family, but we are far from perfect. Sir Knight and I do not always walk gracefully side by side. Our children are human and prone to childishness. We know how we SHOULD live, but often fail in our attempts to walk in accordance with God's word. We are sinners. But, in our heart of hearts we long to serve the Lord.
To tell the truth, half the time I think I have completely failed my children and my husband. I should be more respectful to Sir Knight. I should be more diligent in training my children in the fear and admonition of the Lord. I should be a better teacher. I should be more disciplined. I should.....the list could go on and on. As far as I can tell, I am just like every other women out there. I succeed and I fail. I have come to realize, however, that what is really important is perseverance and faith. Rather than succumbing to my fears and my failures, I just keep getting back up and walking forward with the knowledge that God will keep me. As I continue to walk in the truth my faith grows.
Now that you know all about our failures, the success we do enjoy comes from digging deep into the word of God. The kids read to me out of the Bible every day for school (they choose where they want to read) and they also do copywork from scripture. Also, we start our day with a mini-bible study. Master Hand Grenade listens to prayer requests and leads us in prayer. Miss Calamity reads the portion of scripture that we are studying and Maid Elizabeth reads the study text and follow up questions. Princess Dragon Snack and Master Calvin practice sitting still and listening. We are going through the book of Proverbs right now. It is chock full of wisdom pertaining to how we are supposed to live. If your kids argue - go to Proverbs. If you are having a hard time with a neighbor - go to Proverbs. If your son is making googly eyes at the half-dressed girl on the corner - go to Proverbs. It's all in there!
The VERY best family study we have ever seen on Proverbs is the "Family Bible Study Series" by Kevin Swanson. The studies are bite-sized but full of insight. They have made us re-examine what we think and why. The kids and I study every morning during the week and Sir Knight leads us on weekend mornings. Maid Elizabeth and I skipped ahead and studied the Proverbs 31 woman. It was incredible, and I daresay, it has changed our lives. I had no idea I was the Mistress of my husbands estate. My duties as Sir Knight's wife have come sharply into focus. I long to be a good steward of his estate and increase his holdings. These books are a game changer. Kevin Swanson has also written a bible study for Genesis and Psalms. They are definitely on our want list!
School is another thing altogether. Teaching is challenging for me. I am not a gifted teacher, so my children and I muddle along as best we can. We dedicate every morning to academics and our afternoons to "life skill" (sewing, cooking, baking, outside chores, etc.). Our goal in homeschooling is producing children that can successfully lead their families (our boys) and run their husbands estate (our girls).
There you go. A little insight into our flawed and wonderful family. Now you know what makes us tick.