Diana's Homeschool Blog

Welcome to my homeschool blog, which offers insights into loving learning, loving your family, loving history, loving homeschooling, and enjoying your life! With your cup of coffee in hand, take a break to laugh with me, to have your heart refreshed, to be reminded of how cool your kids really are, and to consider the amazing adventure of being a homeschool mom. AND, if you are interested in the History Revealed curriculum, be sure to check out my Teaching Tips!

Days drag, but years fly

You know, I didn't envision all this when I was teaching my children at home. Just kept putting one foot in front of the other, reading a book outloud and then one more and one more. Life in those early days of homeschooling seemed endlessly occupied with runny noses and running children and running out of steam before math was done. It seemed like the days went by so slowly, like I would live the rest of my life just changing diapers and making beds and correcting grammar. Though I didn't realize it at the time, however, it's amazing what happens when you keep taking the next step and the next step, day after day, month after month, year after year. From the vantage point of parenting for three decades, I have learned how powerful it is to keep on loving, keep on hoping, keep on listening, keep on growing in humility and wisdom as you grow with your children.

And then, one day, suddenly and without warning, they are adults. I know.  If your children are in diapers or in dance class or dawdling through the day, it is hard to imagine. But it happens nonetheless.  Just as a carrot seed grows almost unnoticed underground until the moment you pull it triumphantly out of the soil, so do our children grow in fits and starts through fleeting years. There comes a point when every parent is suddenly startled by the growth they see in their children.  "When did that happen?" we muse.

It's not perfect, this parenting and homeschooling business.  I promise you will not escape without bumps and bruises, and even heartache at times. That was a surprise to me, since I am such a Pollyanna about life. But upon reflection, I realized that I had my own bumps and bruises growing up, my own heartaches resulting from foolish choices. And I learned quite a lot in the process. As a parent, that is a freeing thought to remember.

So, last week, there we were. In a beautiful setting with beloved family and friends. Almost beyond my comprehension, we were in the moment when my son took the next step of his journey, when he and his bride began their own lives together. A time of celebration, a time of reflection. And now, a time to tell you from my heart and my experience that days drag, but years fly. Treasure the moments.

Diana

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Guest - Penney Douglas on Friday, 19 August 2011 09:51

Hi Diana,
I am on the sharingdwaring group.  Thank you for telling us about your blog.  And thank you for sharing your life with us.  My oldest is 20, but I still can't imagine him getting married and leaving us.  I'm happy for all of you, but looking at that picture, seeing your son lovingly holding his arm around you with his bride holding his arm, brought tears to my eyes.  Feelings are such funny things, aren't they?

Hi Diana, I am on the sharingdwaring group.  Thank you for telling us about your blog.  And thank you for sharing your life with us.  My oldest is 20, but I still can't imagine him getting married and leaving us.  I'm happy for all of you, but looking at that picture, seeing your son lovingly holding his arm around you with his bride holding his arm, brought tears to my eyes.  Feelings are such funny things, aren't they?
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