Hi, my name is Julie Largent. I’m a Midwestern girl who has been planted in the Northeast. I have been married to Gibson for 15 years. He is a pastor/church planter here in PA. We are Oklahoma Sooner fans, but for some reason can’t seem to find many others in this area who share our passion. The Lord has blessed us with 4 beautiful, funny, and unique kids. Kennedy is 12 (she’d say almost 13) and is in Challenge A this year. Ellie Kate is 10 and loves to read. Grayson, our only boy, is 7 and would rather play any sport than sit and read at this point. The baby of our family is 4, Lily Grace. This is our 4th year in CC. I have been a Foundations tutor for 2 years and I’m currently an Essentials tutor.
For weeks I’ve been thinking about what to write in our “Day in the Life” post, but I have to be honest, after the week I’ve had I don’t know anyone would want to know what it looks like in our homeschool journey. I could tell you our daily schedule, show you our curriculum choices, my awesome white board schedule it took me 3 years to finally come up with, but that is not what I think I’m supposed to share. So, here it goes…
My children are my greatest joys, and often my deepest worries. When the Lord clearly called us to pull our kids out of public school and begin this homeschool journey 4 years ago, a sweet friend and mentor (and seasoned homeschool mom of 4) said this to me, “You do know that homeschooling is more about you and your sin nature than it is about their education don’t you?” What? Um, no…that’s not what I’m signing up for at all. Well, thankfully the Lord used her to speak truth into my life that has rung true almost every day.
Having my children home with me every day has allowed the Lord to show character issues in my kids and myself that need to be touched with His grace. Then He graciously allows me to bring all my requests, worries, and struggles to Him and cast them on Him because He cares for me (1 Peter 5:7). Amazingly, He opens my eyes and allows me to see, actually witness His work in our lives and hearts. THIS is, without a doubt, my favorite thing about homeschooling.
Recently He revealed to me how much I try to do each day in my own strength. Challenge A is appropriately named…it is a challenge. I did not prepare like I should have before this year. Unfortunately I had the mindset, and even verbalized it to friends, that I didn’t really have to do much to prepare for my oldest because she’s in Challenge. Just writing this makes me feel like an idiot because it could NOT be further from the truth. I’ve had to apologize to my oldest frequently. Often the Lord teaches my children in spite of me instead of because of me.
Here are some precious truths He has taught me:
- When the Lord calls you to something, He will always equip you to do it. Be faithful, available and teachable.
- His Word is water to a parched soul and strength to a weary mom and peace to an anxious heart. Be in it daily!
- We are in a battle for our children’s souls. When you step out in faith and obey the Father, be sure the enemy will do his best to try and defeat or distract you. “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12
- Know why He has called you to homeschool. My desire is for my children to know Him and make Him known. I have learned this week that my relationship with my children is overwhelmingly more important than learning to draw every detailed feature of the assigned continents.
- To give myself grace. Talking with a mom at CC, she mentioned how sometimes we, as moms, just need to hear, “You’re doing a great job!” Tapping into His strength and do what I can and release the rest to Him. He can handle it.
Did you need to hear these truths from my dear friend, Julie today? I sure did! And no doubt, I will again another day. I’m so glad she wrote it down for me (& you!) to read again and again.