Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The Joy of Learning about Botany

Children love to explore the fascinating inner workings of nature, from the anatomy of a tiny seed to the tops of the giant sequoias. The more they observe the intricacies and beauty of God’s creation, the greater their appreciation of and love for the amazing world He designed right outside their door. This is the joy of learning about botany!

Exploring Creation with Botany heightens in a child’s heart this fascination with the plant world, helping him understand the Creator behind it all. Through discovering the amazing design of flowers, trees, and all things green, students will comprehend the complexity and diversity God created within Kingdom Plantae. They will grow, not only in their knowledge of botany, but in their faith as they realize only an omniscient Creator could perfectly set in motion the beautiful plant world they enjoy. 

One mom wrote in a review that botany is not a subject she would have tackled on her own, however Exploring Creation with Botany made it easy to bring the topic to the elementary level. She commented that after discovering the other books in the series, she’s certain she’ll never again have to hear her children say, “Mom, science is boring!”

I wrote this book with your children in mind, and it is my sincere desire that they find great joy in learning about not only botany but the One who created the beauty of it all.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The Joy of Learning about Space

When a child looks up and sees the small dots of light shimmering against the night sky, the moon shifting over the earth or the sun setting on the horizon, he cannot help but be filled with both awesome wonder and a profound smallness before a great and mighty God. This is the joy of learning about space!

Exploring Creation with Astronomy magnifies this wonder in a child's heart. Oh, how children love knowledge. They simply love to learn things in great detail. With this book, your child will finally know, not only the what, but also the why of astronomy. He will grasp why the stars twinkle, how the moon's phases make it appear to change shape, how the position of the planets protects the earth, why the earth is the most unique planet in the whole universe, and so many more fascinating facts. With this in depth look at the worlds God created and the way He designed everything, your child will grow not only more scientifically intelligent, but wiser in his faith as well. 

One mother wrote to me explaining how, three years after reading the textbook to her child, her daughter still spews space facts whenever she has the opportunity. Another mother commented that her three year old, who typically plays Legos while the other children listen to her read, has memorized all the planets in order, taking every opportunity to display this knowledge to the world. 

Elementary science should be a joy to both parents and their children. I wrote the Young Explorer Series in the hopes that it would ignite a love for learning, a love for science, and a love for our Creator. 

O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder
Consider all the worlds Thy hands have made,
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed.
How great Thou art!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Apologia Audio Books

Apologia Audio Books 

We all know that homeschooling is harder on some days than on others. When tears are flowing and the kids are slow as molasses, just getting through the three R’s can be a huge feat. We find ourselves letting everything else slide—you know, like science and history, or art and literature. It’s okay. It happens to everyone. But Apologia has a solution. The Apologia Young Explorer Audio Books are designed to make teaching science easy—when life isn’t. At the push of a button, science gets done. Not only do the audio books give mom the break she deserves, they are hugely beneficial in many other ways. Here’s how:

Books are Read by the Author
When the author reads her own book, the listening experience is more authentic because children get to hear the original voice behind the text. The energy and emphasis written on the page is expressed and heard clearly and correctly. I think your children will find the audio books pleasant to listen to, and you will find them an easier way for your children to learn.

Vocabulary is Correctly Pronounced
All of the Apologia Young Explorer books are filled with new vocabulary words, often from Latin roots. Using the audio book guarantees your children learn the correct pronunciation of important and foundational science terms.

Children with Learning Disabilities are Helped
Parents of children with learning disabilities have extolled the benefits of the audio books. From autism and learning delays to reading challenges, children struggling with these issues have benefitted greatly by listening to the book while holding the physical copy in their hands. Struggling readers can follow along while recognizing words, sentence structure, and word pronunciation. What a great way for children with learning challenges to be helped.

Course Completion is Attained
Let’s face it, when spring fever hits, the motivation to finish all that curriculum we started in the fall wanes. We’re tempted to skip pages or chapters in the book, or even just let the whole subject fall by the wayside. Using audio books encourages completion of the subject because your kids are able to learn without your energy and presence. By using the audio books, science might be the only subject that gets covered in its entirety.

On the go Families can School Efficiently
Families that spend hours each week in the car can make wise use of that time by listening to science. Learning becomes more efficient (and the car ride more interesting) as this important subject is covered using the audio books. The experiments and activities can be saved for later when you get home.

Moms Busy with Babies are Supported
When you have babies or small children in the home, it’s often difficult to find the quiet time needed to read science aloud. The audio books are very useful for families in this stage. They can be listened to with earphones or can be played in a quiet area for the whole family to enjoy. The Apologia audio books provide the support busy moms need to make science happen!

Bedtime Wind Down is Educational
Why does science have to be taught during the day? I taught many subjects at bedtime reading hour. You can easily use the audio books as your children’s bedtime story, allowing them to wind down while they learn. They can rise in the morning and do the activities, either on their own or with your help. Wouldn’t it be nice for your children to learn about God’s wonderful creation just before they fall asleep?

Special Science Interests are Satisfied
With Apologia science, spending a year on one subject means everyone learns together. I always recommend families learn together because it makes schooling more fun and encourages family unity, bringing joy to learning as you discover the world together. However as you journey along, a child may develop a special interest in a science topic you aren’t covering that year. Why not allow that child to learn the subject on his own? With the Apologia audio books, independent study becomes an easy option for the curious child of any age.

It’s easy to see there are so many benefits to using the Apologia audio books. Perhaps it’s time to give your homeschool that extra edge by making science easy breezy. Go to the Apologia website and give them a listen! 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

A Godly Mother: Godliness is Not Perfection

Abraham Lincoln said, "I regard no man as poor who has a godly mother."

I heard this quote today and really began pondering. Why would a godly mother make such a difference in a man's life? What benefit—surpassing riches—would a godly mother give? A man can become a Christian as an adult, or even as a child, without a godly mother and still have Jesus for all time. So why is a godly mother of any importance to a grown man? As I thought this one through I realized it's because a truly godly mother models a tender loving God to her children. A godly mother shows Jesus to her children. Jesus had extremely high standards, yet He was so full of mercy, so full of compassion, so full of acceptance and love. He had high standards but showed us the way to reach them—through understanding that there was no way we could; only He could. He asks us to quit striving and simply rest in Him, allowing Him to fill us with strength. A godly mother teaches her children to recognize their frailty and inability, and in seeing it, how to depend upon Him.

I'm fully convinced that a godly mother isn't perfect. We must show our children how to live out their faith. If we modeled perfection, our children would be very discouraged when they entered the world and found out they weren't perfect. They might wonder what to do. I think it does our children a disservice to pretend we are perfect—with no bad thoughts, no bad deeds, no sin, and no weakness. A godly mother isn't perfect but she’s honest. She's real and frank about her imperfections, her sins, and her fears, modeling for her children repentance, prayer, and dependence on Him for transformation. Yet, above all, a godly mother is merciful, accepting, and compassionate toward the weaknesses and sins of her children—and of herself. Mercy triumphs over judgment.

Many of us have a hard time being merciful and compassionate toward our children because we don’t fully grasp God's merciful compassion toward us. We often feel we don’t “measure up” to the standards we believe we should reach. We think God would be more pleased with us if we were doing things better. The sad truth is, we have it all wrong.

You see, God adores you, delights in your presence, and enjoys you totally even though you messed up this day, this week, perhaps this whole year. You are a child of God. You stand before Him clean, for you are IN Christ. He's not shaking His head saying, "How many times do I have to tell you?" He knows exactly when you're going to stop doing this or that thing. He looks at you and sees the finished product, not the work in progress you are right now. He's so much bigger than that. God wants you to spend time with Him, for you are His and He wants you to know how loved you are.

I know that when we grasp God's great love for us, we feel free. Free from the rules, the stifling standards of perfection, the striving, and the fear and insecurity that plague us. Knowing, really having a heart knowledge of God's precious love for us, makes us feel secure and peaceful. And that peace will fill us with God's love for others, especially the darlings He placed under our care.

Let me share a visual that helped me grasp this. Cup your hands as if you are holding a tiny kitten. Imagine gazing upon the kitten feeling tenderness and love for it, just adoring the cute little thing. If you don't like kittens, imagine something else tiny, cute, and darling in your hands. Do that now. Okay, now imagine you in those hands and God holding you with that same amount of love and tenderness. The fact is, God does that but with immeasurably more tenderness and love for you. And He does it every minute of every day. Wow.

Oh Lord, let me being rooted and firmly established in love, able to comprehend the breadth and width, height and depth of Your love that surpasses knowledge, so that I may be filled with all the fullness of God. May I overflow with Your love for me, pouring out on my children the abundant acceptance they so long for. Forgive me and cleanse me of my stern, selfish, striving pharisaical mothering. Allow me to be full of You. Please make me a godly mother.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Science in the Early Years

My father was a geologist who owned an oil company. When I was a child, he would take my brothers and me to the lease. I was always fascinated by the tall derrick that drilled miles and miles into the ground to tap into an ocean of oil deep under the earth. I would stand in complete awe, wishing I could fully understand what was happening, hungering for knowledge.

When I got bored of watching the roughnecks work the machinery, I would explore the wildlife around the well. My mind stuttered in fascination over the flora and fauna: enormous bullfrogs, colorful birds, fawns that I called Bambi, and trees that seemed to reach the sky. Cattails by the river and fish that nipped at my ankles when we waded through the creek ignited my love for nature. All these things fanned the flame of my hunger for knowledge. This was my early exposure to science. I discovered much, learned deeply, and sought to understand the magnificence of God's creation.

However, if I had been told there would be a test on the workings of the rig as well as on the flora and fauna inhabiting the property, I'm certain I wouldn't have been so enchanted as I wandered around the lease. I would have seen the entire adventure as a chore to be endured. I might never have fallen in love with science.

Learning science, especially in the younger years, should be about the enchantment of discovery. Rather than cram the child's mind with every piece of scientific knowledge available, our goal should be to excite the senses, build a foundation of understanding, and impart a sense of knowing. Learning science is elevated above scoring well on a test to discovering the wonders of God's creation. This type of education develops a genuine and authentic love for learning that will last a lifetime. 

As homeschoolers, how do we develop in our children this love for learning? How do we make science a joy filled exploration? By choosing materials that excite and enrich as they convey ideas, and by learning together as a family. 

My Young Explorer Series was developed with this type of learning in mind. Each book is written to the child in an engaging style and is filled with fun and interesting hands on projects, experiments, and activities the entire family can enjoy together. Siblings studying botany find nature walks much more meaningful as brothers and sisters excitedly point out the signs of life that go unnoticed to the average eye. As families learn about insects, the age old "Come look at this bug!" becomes a delightful moment, where the chatter concerns wings, color patterns, and possible classification rather than the typical "Ew." Even messy, fizzy chemistry experiments turn into family adventures filled with cherished memories of learning together. 

As you think about and plan for your elementary science studies, remember the words of Plutarch:

 Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.

Give your child the gift of science by unleashing the joy of discovery for the sake of knowing and for the love of learning.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Homeschool Nostalgia

Many of you who have gone on to graduate your homeschooler have moments of nostalgia that make you stop and sigh. I had one such moment while watching a Youstream video of my daughter dancing in the Miss Georgia's Outstanding Teen pageant.

I watched the video below and reminisced. Not only was I reminded of this special moment of accomplishment, I thought of all the hours I put into my child's education, passions, and heart. It seemed endless—those years, months, weeks, and days. Even the hours and minutes at times felt like a heart wrenching hike through six feet of waist-deep snow, attempting to keep everyone alive and well to reach the summit.

During those homeschooling days, you question why you're doing it and what’s it all for. You ponder if you're actually doing more harm than good. You wonder. You worry. You fear.

As one who has reached the summit and come down the sunny side of the mountain, I can honestly say, your sacrifice is worth it. Give it all you've got. Allow your children opportunities. Let them pursue their passions. Help them find and fulfill their dreams. You'll never regret the hours you put into parenting, loving, nurturing, and developing your children to fulfill God's purpose for them.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

How to Homeschool Part 3: What Do I Teach and When?

Just starting out and not sure where to begin? You're not alone! For me, the hardest part was figuring out exactly what I needed to teach my child. What subjects were required for a homeschool education? What year should I teach each subject?

Well, I found out it’s a lot simpler than I thought. Just focus on the basics until you get your feet wet. After you get a handle on the three R’s—Reading, wRiting and aRithmetic —launch into other fun activities and extra curricular classes/courses. Essentially, begin with the basics then add on electives from there. Electives are courses that come after the basics. They are courses that you would love to teach and would love for your child to take, but they contain information that is not really needed at this point in his education. 

For every year of a child’s education, there will be different basics. The basics for a high school student are different than the basics for an elementary student. In fact, the basics for a first grader and a fifth grader are different as well. 

Below are the basics for each grade level and suggested electives. Please be aware that your state may have additional requirements. 

Kindergarten Basics
Phonics- Learning to read is the only true requirement for this age. You can expect that very bright children will read fairly independently during this year. However, some children are not ready to learn to read in kindergarten. 

Kindergarten Electives
Math readiness- learning numbers and basic adding 
Art and crafts readiness- learning to use scissors and glue and following basic instructions
History/Science/Geography readiness- being exposed to these subjects through read alouds, media, and field trips
Lots of outdoor playtime

First Grade Basics
Introductory Math

First Grade Electives
History/Social Studies
Foreign Language audios or videos

Second Grade Basics
Reading (for some)
Math (including math facts)

Second Grade Electives
History/Social Studies
Typing (should be taught early but need not last an entire year) 
Foreign Language audios or videos

Third and Fourth Grade Basics
Grammar* (phonics for late readers)
Math (including math facts)

Third and Fourth Grade Electives
History/Social Studies
Foreign Language study

Fifth Grade Basics
Math (including math facts)
Fifth Grade Electives
History/Social Studies
Foreign Language study

Sixth Grade Basics
Math (including math facts)
History/Social Studies
Foreign Language study

*It's important that the child learn the basic grammar concepts for common knowledge and standardized tests. However, the purpose of grammar is to teach proper writing format. If a child reads a lot and proper grammar is used in the home, the child need not spend years on the study of grammar as its proper usage will come naturally. 

Seventh Grade Basics
By seventh grade, the student’s basic work increases significantly, but your teaching time decreases. Most students are able to learn independently. 

Pre-Algebra (or complete review of basic math)
History and/or Geography

Seventh Grade Electives
Foreign Language study

Eighth Grade Basics
Algebra (or Pre Algebra)
History and/or Geography

Foreign Language study

Ninth – Twelfth Grade Basics and Electives
*See my College Crash Course posts for more information about high school.

English- 4 years (Literature and Composition)
Math- 4 years 
 (Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2, plus another math)
Science- 4 years
  (Biology, Physical Science, plus two more)
History- 2 years (American, World)
Government- half year
Economics- half year
Foreign Language- 2 years
Fine Arts- 1 year
PE- 1 year

Remember that your measure of success as a homeschool mom is not based on how many presidents your child knows or how much Latin he can recite, or if he’s reading high school level texts at seven years old. Your measure of success is your child’s heart for God, the confidence he has as a child of God, and his attitude. This should be the focus of the early years. When your child’s obedience and love for God are strong and secure, he will have the maturity required in middle and high school to take responsibility for his academics and pursue his passions with purpose.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

How to Homeschool Part 2: Homeschooling Methods

There are various philosophies and methodologies that homeschoolers utilize when educating their children. Some people choose one and follow it all the way through, while others mix and match depending on what they want to accomplish. Still, some homeschoolers begin with one then change their methodologies as the years wear on and they begin to understand more about their family and philosophies. Below are the most common homeschooling methods used today.

Classical homeschoolers follow the classical Greek model of the trivium. They divide learning into three stages based on an average child’s cognitive development. Grammar stage children (K-5th) think concretely and are taught facts and rote memorization. Logic stage children (6th-8th) begin to think abstractly, using principles and ideas about which they enjoy arguing. They are taught to analyze with logic at this stage. The high school years are focused on the rhetoric stage where true thinking, dialogue, composition and oration are the focus. Classical homeschoolers often study Latin and Greek to improve their logical thinking skills and to aid them when studying books written by classical authors, such as Caesar, Plato, Aristotle, Augustine and many more. Children are encouraged to consume classic books throughout the high school years and think critically about them. Science is not a focus in the elementary years though one author, Susan Wise Bauer, suggests a science sequence. History has become a strong emphasis for classical homeschoolers, and they generally focus all their reading and learning around a historical time period. It’s an orderly method of studying history and students come to understand the historical time periods based on the sequence by which they study history. This is very much a liberal arts/humanities education.
Search terms: trivium, trivium pursuit, Well Trained Mind

Charlotte Mason
Charlotte Mason was a learned educator in the late 1800′s who through learning and experience developed a method of educating students, which she implemented in her school in Ambleside, England. Her students became mature and scholarly, possessing a true love for knowledge and learning that was evident to others who sought Ms. Mason for the secrets to her methods. She wrote a series of books detailing her philosophies so that others could implement them in their homes. These were the original homeschooling books, the first of their kind ever written. Her methods focus on literature as a means for acquiring learning, whether it is science, history, or mythology. She believed in short lessons for the younger grades, nature study, copywork, dictation, the pursuit of excellence, good habits, notebooking, unstructured time out doors, and free time to pursue one’s interests. Charlotte Mason was against the use of textbooks, a practice just beginning to take root in the education movement at that time. She called textbooks twaddle. She was also against workbooks, or lessons, as she called them and felt they did not improve the child’s education or light their love of learning.
Search terms: twaddle, living books, notebooking, copywork, nature study, nature notebook

Using traditional textbooks or “boxed curricula” like those from secular publishers or Christian homeschool publishers is commonly known as the textbook approach. Textbooks are typically characterized by dry facts written in uninteresting prose, supplemented with the use of workbooks and tests. However, some of the common homeschool textbook publishers today have hired writers to make their textbooks interesting and engaging. The use of tests and worksheets is the most common factor with the textbook approach. Most homeschoolers begin with textbooks and later feel more confident to pursue other methods.
Search terms: Alpha Omega, Abeka, Rod and Staff, Bob Jones

Unit Study
Homeschoolers who teach with unit studies select an area of interest or a theme and build all their academic subjects around that topic. Every child in the family learns together, each working on his own academic level while covering the same subject. The traditional scope and sequence is not the purpose, rather “learning to learn” is the goal. An example of a unit study would be the topic of baseball. History would center around the history of baseball and what was happening in the world at that time. Language arts would cover all the vocabulary and spelling associated with the topic and would include writing and grammar assignments related to baseball. Math would center around batting averages and distances from the bases and such. Science might deal with the physics of baseball or perhaps the botany of keeping a field covered with grass. Most people using the unit study approach choose topics that interest their child and make up the course of study as they go along. Some who use unit studies simply read a great book of literature and center all their learning around what they discover in that book.
Search terms: Konos, Ignite the Fire, Learning Adventures, Amanda Bennett

Unschooling is often referred to as “delight directed learning.” The child decides what to learn, when, and how. The parent only provides the means. This type of schooling is based on the assumption that children are naturally curious and will undertake studies, become proficient, and even excel in those areas if they are simply encouraged and left alone. One extreme of unschooling believes the child need not learn anything he doesn’t want to learn, including math. The other extreme believes the child is only required to learn one or two subjects, math and English. Everything else is up to the child.
Search terms: unschooling, delight directed learning, relaxed homeschooling

An eclectic homeschooler does not embrace any one philosophy or methodology. Instead, he looks at the different approaches and takes the best from each, forming his own scope and sequence and choosing curriculum that fits his needs.
Search terms: eclectic homeschooling, relaxed homeschooling 

I have dabbled in many of these methods over the years, using what was right for each child and for me in that particular year. Don’t allow yourself to become pigeonholed. There is no such thing as the “perfect” homeschooling method. And that’s the beauty of this wonderful educational opportunity we’ve been given. Homeschooling families have the freedom to choose what is best for their unique family, customizing an education that will mature and develop their children into the men and women God has called them to become.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

How to Homeschool Part 1: Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Homeschool

The thought of homeschooling can seem overwhelming at first. But like everything, if you take it one day at a time, you'll find the reward far outweighs the sacrifice. In fact, you'll discover homeschooling was not a sacrifice at all, but an investment. An investment in your family, your children's character, and your life. 
Is it hard? Sometimes (especially if you have a tendency to overdo things.) But now that I'm on the other side, I can say it was well worth it. If you are considering homeschooling and looking for some specific reasons to take the plunge, here's a short list for ya!

Why should you homeschool? Because homeschooling…

Builds Family Unity and Bonds Siblings 
Though it can be tough some days, in the end, homeschooled siblings are closer and have better friendships as adults. 

Tailors Each Child’s Education
Fast learners can move through the materials at lightening speed. Slow learners can slow down and take time to grasp the material before moving on. 

Creates an Atmosphere of Discovery that Encourages a Love for Learning
Without the intensity of peer and academic pressures, children can enjoy the acquisition of knowledge and learn without worrying about how they will perform or if their fascination with a subject will make them look like a nerd. They enjoy learning for the sake of knowledge, not to score well on a test. 

Gives the Gift of Time That Allows Children to Discover Their Gifts, Interests and Passions
Because so much more can be accomplished in less time, children have an opportunity to follow their own interests, hone their skills, and pursue their passions, becoming quite experienced in a subject at a young age. This gift of time opens up windows of opportunity for them.

Encourages Children to Grow in Confidence Without Peer Motivated Labels
No one tells them whether they are cool or not, whether they are ugly or beautiful, smart or dumb. They are allowed to be whomever they choose without fear of ridicule or fear of being pigeonholed. No one makes fun of them when they are in an awkward phase or if they make mistakes. They are free to develop and grow at their own pace and in their own way. 

Stimulates Character Development and Nurture 
Under a watchful eye, a child’s character can be shaped and molded with the gentle hands of a caring parent. Values and beliefs are set in the elementary years. A homeschool environment isn’t just about education, it’s about shaping the whole child and giving him a strong foundation so he can be all he was made to be. 

Imparts an Excellent Academic Education 
Because of the plethora of high quality educational materials available for homeschoolers, a higher quality education is easy to provide. It is not a standardized, low quality, common education. Homeschooling imparts a specifically tailored, high quality, uncommon education.

Enables Children to Pursue Knowledge Independently
Homeschooled children learn how to learn and are given ample opportunities to independently discover new interests and knowledge. They are not spoon fed an education. Most are given books and encouraged to learn from them. This provides a strong foundation for college—where independent learning is vital to success. 

Provides a Relaxed Atmosphere That Breeds Creativity and Self Knowledge
Avoiding the hustle and bustle of going to and coming from school, doing homework, studying for quizzes and tests, and dealing with social drama, homeschooled children are able to let their creative juices flow. They are able to discover what they really like and don’t like, the things they enjoy and don't enjoy. Homeschoolers find their personal style in everything. They get to know their unique place in this world without the influence of critical peers, teachers, and administrators. 

Creates Lifelong Memories 
Homeschool families gather memories of books read aloud, field trips taken, projects done together, and unique family habits expressed. These serve as markers and fond recollections for the family. A sense of identity is developed and rich family discussions are shared when the children are adults.

Monday, September 29, 2014

College Crash Course Part 17: Let Them Go

So you’ve survived the College Crash Course and know everything you need to know to help your homeschooled child find the college of his dreams. Wew! It’s been quite a journey, but you’ve been faithful and you’re almost there!

Sending a child off to college can seem like a scary thing. We as moms know there are potholes out there and lots of problems to be tackled. We wonder if our child is fully prepared. We know him better than anyone—his strengths and his weaknesses. And it’s those weaknesses that keep us up at night worrying about the day we release him into the world. 

Well let me assure you that you are not alone with these concerns. However don’t let these worries handicap you. Your child will probably learn some lessons the hard way in college. That’s part of the experience, and we must trust that God’s got this. He’s going to guide your child, protect him, and possibly let him stumble a little so he grows mature and strong. God is more invested in your children than you are. He loves them more than you ever could love them. He wants more for them than you could ever hope for them. He has plans for them that you couldn’t possibly dream up. And He knows exactly what needs to happen for them to overcome their weaknesses and become all that He created them to be. 

Take a deep breath and believe God has been a part of your parenting all these years. Believe He’s led you like a shepherd leads His sheep along the way. Believe that your choices in education and parenting were God inspired and will reap a harvest, even if you know you made some mistakes in your approach, philosophy, or beliefs. God knew all that and accommodated for it. You may have failed, but He didn’t. He will use everything for His purposes in the future He foreordained for your children. You planted the seeds, nourished them with fertilizer, and watered and watered and watered. Now release them to grow—knowing you’ve done all that you could. Even if you think you should have done more or have regrets about some things, it’s okay. God allows everything to happen and uses it to accomplish the plan He has for their lives. You weren’t perfect, but you were perfect for your children. It’s time to let them go. Let them grow. Let them become who God created them to be.  

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.  Proverbs 22:6   

Be expectant and hopeful. You’ve done a great job! Your child will become all that he is meant to become. Be of faith, trusting that God has gone before him and will pursue and bless him as he travels the journey God has for him.