In a few weeks, we will finally be finished with 6th grade and 3rd grade with my daughter and my son respectively. I am overwhelmed with joy and appreciation as my daughter finishes her elementary grades. We’ve homeschooled since first grade and I’ve seen how she has blossomed and developed her skills and her character all these years. But more than that, I’ve also experienced the providence and the faithfulness of the Lord in our life.
When we started in 1st grade, my daughter was quite shy and doesn’t really enjoy the company of others aside from us. It was one of my concerns then that our decision to homeschool her might actually make her anti-social but instead of being afraid of that, we prayed and took that step of faith as we began our journey of homeschooling.
Living in the far South from Metro Manila, we couldn’t afford attending all the activities that TMA Homeschool provided but we diligently worked on the curriculum that we had. We prayed that we’d meet other homeschooling families in the area and the Lord did send a few. But those few families were all that we needed for support. We also prayed that we’d find a PE class that will suit my daughter’s interest and the Lord provided. She is now into her 6th year of ballet.
We also realized that she has a special talent in visual arts. She produces artworks that are beyond what I can do myself! She won a scholarship from Global Art Philippines when she was 8 years old. She gave her own art workshop to young children when she was 10 years old. We just gave her materials and the time to draw and develop her interest and we were really amazed at how she developed her skills.
As required by TMA Homeschool, she presents her portfolio every quarter. She started out shy and not really talkative but eventually, she now presents with confidence and speaks with details. Of course she still needs to improve further in this skill, but she has definitely outgrown her shyness.
She also has friends from church and from her ballet class. I see her engaging in conversations and extending herself to others. She also writes letters to her friend who has now moved to Canada.
When we talk, I try to ask her what she thinks about the realities of life and how God has been faithful all these years. I can also genuinely say that she enjoys the company of our family and dreams of doing her best for the Lord.
The tears that we both shed, the prayers that kept us sane, the perseverance that was developed in us and the hard work has all been worth it.
All these developments are far more than I’ve imagined when we started out 6 years ago. The Lord has graciously used homeschooling to change not only my daughter, but also me, through the years.
Let us continue and be faithful to what the Lord has called us to do. When you feel like giving up, or unsure if you’ve made the right decisions, cling to the Lord because He will see you through. He is doing His work in you and through you as you surrender your life to Him.