Jesus' Precious Little Lambs

A Charlotte Mason Christian Home School: Preschool – 5th Grade :)

on May 19, 2012

“b” is for beautiful babies

To Tayler, David, Noah, and Cole & Madelyn too,

Our school year is already coming to a close in a few weeks, and what sweet memories my heart will always hold of our very first year of school. I am a little choked up saying goodbye to our first year, to little babes in their first school experience, but thank God, there are many more years to come. Is there anything in the world more precious than teaching 3 year olds? I can not imagine anywhere else I would rather be, or doing anything else in the world, than teaching your hearts. My dearest memories this year are with you and because of you. Your presence has been like sunshine in my home, your innocence making our days so bright, as we together opened ourselves up to the light of the Son. To witness your growth has been like beholding a continuously unfolding miracle. Your transformation more magnificent to watch than the emerging of a butterfly from a chrysalis. Little wings unfurling for the very first time; destinations unknown, but no matter, because wings will surely take you to the heavens. With what you accomplished this year, I stand amazed. It blows me away that at a preschool, most of you would have been in the 2 year olds class this year. I know of no 2’s class learning all that we did this year. I know that these memories will be so dim, barely remembered or not at all, when you are grown, but I believe that the mark of eternity has been indelibly placed upon you. Now my insides are screaming, “Don’t grow up!!!” I absolutely cherish your lingering baby fat, mispronounced words, and babyish ways. Yet something even stronger in me yearns to see the way God will pour out His glory in your life as you grow. A yearning that pulls so hard I feel all turned inside out. Noah, you are the apple of my eye, you made me a mommy, and my heart is cut in covenant with yours.

May all your days be this bright.

I love you, Miss Lynn

The Lord makes His face shine upon you. Numbers 6:25

Your light shall break forth like the morning. Isaiah 58:8

Arise! Shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord is upon you. Isaiah 60:1

The sun will no more be your light by day, nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you, for the LORD will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory. Isaiah 60:19

To Miss Cherie,

How can I thank you enough for being constantly present to share in the daily joys and miracles of our schooldays? How can I thank you enough for loyaly remaining through frustrations, weariness, and even occasional differing viewpoints? Our hearts beat the same as we share the insatiable desire to witness every precious moment of our young ones growing and learning. This journey would have been lonely without you friend, and entirely less encouraging without you to exchange ideas, stories, and dreams with on a daily basis. God has brought us together, equally passionate about homeschooling, and I pray that we will remain an unstoppable team united in our vision. You did not have to stay and help teach everyday, but you did, and I am so grateful.

To Miss Emily, Miss Sheila, Miss Carol, Miss Afton, Miriah, and all the Grandmas,

This would not have been possible without all of your love and support. We have done this together, and what an honor to be serving with such an incredible group of ladies. Thank you for loving our little ones so much, for all the kindness you have shown me, for humbly allowing God to form your very life. I pray you all are blessed in return a thousand fold over for the priceless things you have invested into our children all for the glory of the kingdom of God. If you want a heart that is totally given to your children, head over heels in love, keep homeschooling them. I know of no better way to lay down your life as a mother who wants to love and protect her children fiercely.

To Dean,

Thank you for being a dad who plays with his kids and is willing to answer a zillion questions. You were born to be a homeschool dad as you patiently explain and demonstrate your vast array of knowledge. You are so good at everything I am not, which assures me that our children will have diversified educations. I am thankful that you have seen the advantages of homeschool from day one as I eagerly shared every tidbit of information that I was discovering. Training up our own children will bring our family together intimately–no fragments. The sacrifice required will cause us to love more than we could have imagined as we learn to die to self together.

To My Heavenly Father,

My God, my God, what if you had not shown my spirit the possibilities of homeschool? I feel like we would have missed out on the opportunity of a lifetime. I would never have experienced the highs and lows that come from being acutely aware of how human I am in this experience, and how much I need you in an endeavour like this. I feel so alive, like you are allowing me to truly experience life, so that I can pass on what I learn to my own children. Every spiritual concept and thing worth learning is coming more alive to me as your Spirit shows me what I need to know…..simply because I accepted your call to teach my own children. While many people of the world go their whole life numbly engaged in unfulfilling careers, I feel extremely privileged and favored to be serving you in this exciting homeschooling adventure that fully awakens my senses. I feel fully awake while the rest of the world is sleeping. More fully aware of this life, your creation, your design for family, eternal things, motherhood, and your calling on me. Only you know the late nights and the giving of myself it takes to homeschool my children. You have been there in the wee hours of the morning, you have been there when no one else was…..where can I go from your Spirit?, where can I flee from your presence?…..If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide, your right hand will hold me fast (Psalm 139). So many years ago, before I was the least bit interested in homeschooling, I stumbled on a homeschooling moms blog that tore me up inside for the way she understood her calling of motherhood and spoke with an intense love for her children such as I have never seen. All I knew is that I wanted that kind of passionate heart, and now I am humbled to see how You are beginning to create that kind of heart in me. That makes me want to fall at Your feet and praise you endlessly for Your love for me. Why do you love me so much?! I want to tell the world of your goodness to me, my piece of heaven on earth.

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