We had ourselves a little tornado warning in our county today. Actually, the storm in question was a bit north of us, so we were fine, but there were some other storms over us ~ I didn't take any chances. I asked each kid to grab a pillow and a small blankie and head downstairs to the basement. I stayed upstairs, with the baby in my arms, checking the weather channel radar and looking at the skies. (yes, I'm neurotic, thank you)
After one storm had passed, and another was on it's way, Isaac brought up some questions about sin, Satan, bad things that happen on this earth, does God always protect Christians, etc. It was really amazing!!
At public school, when there's a tornado warning, you get to sit in the hallway with a book over your neck, excited to just be out of class. Afterwards, 2nd graders don't really get to hash out their fears about God, sin, natural disasters, and Satan. Yet today, we were able to do just that. And while Isaac voiced his concerns and put into words some of his feelings, the little ones also got to listen ~ they may not understand everything, but they are getting introduced to some of this stuff just the same.
**and no, I'm not saying public school kids don't get to have indepth conversations with their parents - of course they do - I'm just emphasizing one of the great parts of hs'ing: I'm right there, ready to listen when they have questions or concerns. We get to tackle the really tough stuff head on, right then, when they are thinking of it. I don't have to worry about who is answering these important questions when they pop up and I have less to UNDO, in regards to incorrect teachings they might pick up elsewhere.
I know we all have our reasons for the decision we have made regarding our childrens' schooling. I just know that this reason, being right there for the BIG questions, is a huge factor in our decision. Thank you Lord for today!! (even with the scary storm) Thank you for the chance to BE THERE.
Wow~ what a blessing!