This week I made the most difficult parenting decision I've had to make so far. I started homeschooling Max this fall. The main reason was for the purpose of training him and developing his character according to the biblical values our family embraces and protecting him from the influence of the world as he grows stronger in his understanding of truth. Also maybe a little because I wasn't ready to let go of the sweet times together. However, over the last few weeks I've sensed something lacking. Max wasn't thriving like I felt he should, he was lonely and bored. Our circumstance; a small apartment, lack of friends his age and some health issues I'm dealing with, were just making it difficult to meet an energetic five year old's needs. So, we made the decision to put Max in school. I still value homeschool and hope that one day God will lead us back to the opportunity to homeschool our children. However, right now I know God is asking me to lay down what I want for me for what is best for Max. I have seen God's hand in this decision, the ground work he laid, the peace he's given me and I have no doubts. I know that this is another opportunity for me to trust, boldly.
Max's first day was Monday. My mom and I took Max to school and met his teacher, another blessing that mom could be here for that. We were pleased with his classroom and teacher and feel like he will thrive in his new environment. So far Max is really enjoying his school experience!