the informal education

Since last I wrote here, I have been praying over my passions and my calling. I inquired about part-time work. I looked up auditing classes at nearby Tufts University. I sought godly advice. I commiserated with other women in my situation. I investigated degree programs. After all that, I have felt God confirming one thing–the one thing that had nothing to do with any of my efforts. I realized that my family is my priority. For me at this time, this means I am a stay at home mom while my children are at home.

Admittedly, I was a little disappointed. I could have been starting a new career–extra income couldn’t hurt. I could have been working on another graduate degree–adding to my skill set would have been fun. Perhaps down the line, God will give me these opportunities. Caring for my family is not in opposition to a career or further education. But I know that if it wasn’t in God’s timing and will, I would not be able to manage it whole heartedly.

I have been plugging along trying to give my best to managing a household, being a straight-talking, supportive wife and a nurturing mom. Other than being exhausting, it is really hard! Amid this, God has been showing me a little of why He’s put me where I am.

I met a teacher who asked if my son was the one who could explain how electricity works. One of my other kids exclaimed that he wanted to be a physicist after I explained light theory, how the human eye sees images and how a mirror works. (Many thanks to Mr. Brunner, my 12th grade physics teacher!) We have had conversations at home about phone etiquette, understanding the Bible, when to flip a pancake and what one plus infinity equals.

Yes, I am cleaning, cooking and doing laundry but I am also home giving my kids an informal education. It is by no means a glamorous or well paid job but I am grateful that that Lord is entrusting me with the responsibility. When I mess up, which happens often, He is there extending me grace.

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3 Comments on "the informal education"

  1. salina
    16/10/2012 at 8:09 am Permalink

    love this post! you’re being a great mom, karen!

  2. michelle
    24/10/2012 at 9:27 am Permalink

    ditto. love this post as well!

  3. Debra
    24/12/2012 at 5:03 pm Permalink

    This was a really encouraging post 🙂 Thanks for sharing it!

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