"Let's be cheerful"! We have no more right to steal the brightness out of the day for our own family than we have to steal the purse of a stranger. Let us be as careful that our homes are furnished with pleasant & happy thoughts as we are that the rugs are the right color and texture & the furniture comfortable and beautiful"! Laura Ingalls Wilder

Monday, September 19, 2011

guilty or guilt free?



I received some great news!  Tomorrow I will play hooky and head to the coast for 3 days!  We usually start school the Monday following Labor day weekend.  Now Monday has come and gone and due to some business following our camping trip last weekend we were already starting late.  My girls are old enough to dive into some of their curriculum without me but I won't have them do that.  If we had only gone ahead with our first day there would be no problem.  But truth be told, that first day is too important to just throw at them.  We must have fun!  Something crafty... something yummy... something out of the ordinary.  Once we get that out of the way I have no guilt about setting them off on their own.  So, we wait another week.  




That's the beauty of home schooling.  We can start when we want to, end when we want to and holiday when we want to.  We set our goals and if it means hitting the books on a Saturday, or working a bit in the summer, it's worth it to have the flexibility of enjoying what comes along unexpectedly.  The only guilt that I have is that it's just me going to play.



...I know... I'll bring them back some shells and sand (for making sand candles), some salt water taffy (delicious), and we'll take it all to the river (we should visit it more since it's just around the corner) when I get back.  Something crafty, something yummy, and something out of the ordinary.  Our first day of school. Whew, it's a good thing this trip came up.  I don't know what I would have done.  The things I do for my family...  
Blessings,  Debbie  





36 comments:

  1. Your are so right Debbie, that is the beauty of homeschool. I have had many lessons on a rainy Saturday! Go, enjoy and come back with lots of pictures. xx

    ReplyDelete
  2. Looks like I don't have to say, "Enjoy yourself, Debbie"! :)

    ReplyDelete
  3. enjoy your trip, sounds like your going to have fun!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Enjoy! Enjoy! Enjoy! And, then tell us all about it! blessings ~ tanna

    ReplyDelete
  5. Do have a wonderful trip, how lovely. If you have a moment, I would love to know what homeschooling curriculum you use. My emai is lindadawkins@mweb.co.za
    xo
    Linda

    ReplyDelete
  6. First Do not feel guilty you so deserve this. Happy Mom's are better Mom's. Take this time and think of yourself for a change you will be amazed how you will feel and be after. Kick the guilt and enjoy.
    Second I love that mug pic.
    Oh I guess third Your family have been taught very well by their Mom they will be fine and probably love the shells you bring them back.
    Have a great time. B

    ReplyDelete
  7. Have a fun trip. You are right, it is one of the beauties of homeschool.

    What is the book in the second photo? The artwork is lovely, Little Women perhaps?

    ReplyDelete
  8. Have a fun and safe trip Debbie! A trip to the coast sounds like a fine thing indeed.

    ReplyDelete
  9. You are so self sacrificing! What a Mom!

    Enjoy your time!

    Deanna

    ReplyDelete
  10. Yahoo! I hope you have a wonderful little get away!
    LOVE saltwater taffy. Bring some home for Ratty, Mole, and Toad!
    (BIG HUG!)

    ReplyDelete
  11. Have some fun for now and then seriously get to it.... JB

    ReplyDelete
  12. Surely your girls are OK with waiting a week more to start "real" schooling. And you just could not have done that spectacular first day you have planned without the supplies you are going to pick up on your trip...so, really, it is a working trip! teehee
    Enjoy your time!

    ReplyDelete
  13. I love the flexibility of home education, I'm sure your girls will do just as well starting their schooling a little later this year........enjoy your trip and knock that guilty feeling firmly on the head, lol. x

    ReplyDelete
  14. Sounds like fun, can't wait to see pictures

    Paula

    ReplyDelete
  15. That is the beauty of home schooling. I think of the real life experiences my kids had to deal with and they did, like the year I had to fly to Oklahoma because of my Dad being sick and dying. I had to leave them here and they had to do school on their own and run the house and my youngest was just barely 5 and the oldest ones were able to do all of the household without me.
    That is when you know that God gave you such a incredible gift.
    Yep, not for the fainthearted but always worth it. Have a blast at the beach!

    ReplyDelete
  16. Enjoy your trip, can't wait to hear about it when you return. It is a blessing to be flexible. xo,

    ReplyDelete
  17. it's a sacrifice you'll have to make. chin up! :)

    ReplyDelete
  18. That was my favorite part of being homeschooled - We could change the plans if we wanted to. So glad you get to go! Have fun! :D

    ReplyDelete
  19. Me too! I LOVE homeschooling! For so many reasons actually...including the flexibility that you are benefiting from today (and tomorrow). I'm glad you're not missing an opportunity for sand and sea. Autumn is sometimes the best time for the seashore. Have a wonderful time of relaxation and rest and restoration!
    And...shhhhhh...the outdoor autumn decorating that I didn't tell you about? Well, just between you and me (and the people who read your comments, I suppose), those were pics from other years...so you're really not behind after all! Yay! :-D
    P.S. I did do my indoor fall decorating over the weekend, and hope to buy some mums and pumpkins this week...

    ReplyDelete
  20. Oh, this is why I love homeschooling so much. It is so flexible and it shifts the focus to what is truly important in life. Have a great time! I wish I was coming with you! =D

    ReplyDelete
  21. Just read a comment you made over at Tanna's and loved it. Thought I'd check out your blog. Hope you are having a great time. Sandie

    ReplyDelete
  22. How wonderful! Enjoy your get-away! :)

    ReplyDelete
  23. Have a wonderful, guilt free time.x

    ReplyDelete
  24. Wish you a wonderful trip! I love to read about homeschooling and I am so sad that it is not allowed here in Germany... but we currently think about to move elsewhere...we will look what God brings us..
    Warmly
    JenMuna

    ReplyDelete
  25. Dear Debbie,

    Yay, and boo hoo (yay that you get a vacation, and boo hoo that you can't be at home at the same time)! You have such beautiful girls; it is nice when they're big enough to do the work independently, isn't it?

    You are blessed to be close to the sea. We're about as far as we can get here in Missouri! :)

    Love,

    Marqueta

    ReplyDelete
  26. Have fun Debbie and don't worry about things at home. Make the most of it and everything will be waiting when you get back. Not that you need to be told by me of course! Hugs maa

    ReplyDelete
  27. I am just like you about "first days". It just needs to be special. I love the fact that you can be flexible without MAN MADE constraints.

    I hope you have a great time at the shore.

    ReplyDelete
  28. You just have a great time!!! As I look back over 23 years of home schooling one of my biggest mistakes was not taking time out for me to play...it would have helped so much on the burn out and in that way my kids would have benefited so much.

    Enjoy your freedom in home schooling...I am missing that with one in school...it is so different, but it is also sooooooooooooo right...God is so faithful.

    I can't wait to see those pictures from your trip and all the fun of your "first" day of school.

    ReplyDelete
  29. Have a good trip. Never feel guilty. Parents take their kids out of public and private schools all the time for vacations, and they don't bother to make up what their kids missed! (and I know you are going on your own this time, but believe me, teachers seem to always have off!) love,andrea

    ReplyDelete
  30. I hope you had lots of fun !! Clarice

    ReplyDelete

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...