I'm pleased with the steady progress SweetPea has been making in her schoolwork this year so far; partly due to our decision to keep a watchful eye on how many outside activities to participate in and partly due to her own commitment to 'stay the course.' Last year's outside stuff piled up the second semester and pushed some of her studies way out into summer, so we don't want to do that again.
One of the lovely benefits of a more disciplined schedule is that we've had time for some really meaningful discussions. I remember this age as being when I really began to take hold of my own accountability to the Lord and know that I wanted Him to be the defining presence in every part of my life. What a privilege to be daily with my daughter, helping her work through her issues and seeing God grow not only our relationship, but hers with Him.
Several of her friends are seniors this year and having to grapple with the 'what am I going to do with my life?' question, check out colleges, fill out paperwork and pursue scholarships...and I'm SO relieved we're not there yet. Still a couple of years away, but it seems quite overwhelming right now. Thank God He has a plan for my daughter and will show us what to do. I'm not ready to let go of my little girl, to let the big world have her just yet. Homeschooling an only child means that when she graduates, so do I, sort of.
So I'm thankful for these quiet days together, for the joys and laughter we share, and for this learning journey we're both on. God is so incredibly good!