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August 24. 2008

The Night Before School Starts…

The night before school starts…
And all through the house,
Not a child was happy;
Just frowning and pouts.

The papers weren’t sorted.
Unfinished were plans.
Homeschool teacher wasn’t ready.
She was wringing her hands.

Her desk was all filthy.
Co-op dues were not paid.
She was missing a math book,
And still old papers to grade.

Pile upon pile ~
Of things to complete…
Clutter to tackle ~
And people to meet.

It seemed if this school year
Was to succeed not.
And that’s when it hit her ~
She then had a thought…

Maybe I’ll start off the first day tomorrow;
After a back-to-school breakfast to share,
With smiles and discussion of goals for the school year -
But FIRST, a wholehearted back-to-school PRAYER.

~ by Sprittibee

I’m off on a wing and a prayer tomorrow… and I’m quite certain that is all I will need to start this year off well. There’s time to tackle the “rest” later. I hope your school year starts well. All you need is HIM.

“When we started homeschooling, I felt as if I tucked a child under each arm and jumped off a cliff. Imagine my surprise to discover we had wings!” ~ Maura Seger

“Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.” ~ Proverbs 19:21

This is what the LORD says— your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the LORD your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.” ~ Isaiah 48:17

“In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.” ~ Proverbs 16:9

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  1. This is exactly how I feel tonight!

    Hope tomorrow goes well for your family.

  2. “I’m off on a wing and a prayer tomorrow… and I’m quite certain that is all I will need to start this year off well. There’s time to tackle the “rest” later. I hope your school year starts well. All you need is HIM.”

    Excellent and true words about homeschooling (as well as anything else in life). I’ll probably print this off as I juggle homeschooling with all that I have going on right now. Thanks, Sprittibee!

  3. Hey! I nominated you for a blog award (or two)

  4. Love it!


  5. Amen, sweetie! Know that you're not in this alone. I love the last verse you listed from Proverbs – I refer to it often. My other oft-used verse? We have to still ourselves to hear ~

    "Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, 'This is the way, walk in it,' whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left." Isaiah 30:21

    Fortunately, God is bigger than all of us homeschooling moms & dads, and His plans are awesome. Not only that, He will redeem and bless our efforts, in spite of ourselves.

    One more for the road: "Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know." Jeremiah 33:3


  6. Great post

  7. Enjoy your year!
    Cute poem, kudos to you.

  8. Next year we will HAVE to do a back to school breakfast! Oh wait… We were going to go year round. Hmmm… Well we will have to take a break after we complete our grades (One first grader and two second graders) in May. I guess we’ll do it then! :)


  9. Your poem is so my house!!! I can’t believe that anyone else is like me!!!
    Thanks for letting me know I am not alone!!!

  10. After three years of homeschooling, I still catch myself forgetting to start the day in prayer every once in a while. I catch myself a few hours into the day when one of the children or myself is starting to slink into a bad attitude. Or shall I say God catches me and reminds me. He never forgets!

  11. Cute:)
    Most importantly the prayer!!


  12. Great back to school poem….the breakfast looks delicious.
    Grandma Starr

  13. Enjoyed your poem! My son so looked forward to starting, but my daughter grumbled a bit. They’ve both been doing well, though.

    I asked my daughter if she would prefer to go to public school but her answer was, “No. That would just mean I had to do what I don’t want longer each day.”

  14. What a wonderful poem, you’re just so clever! LOL I love the quotes you’ve included as well. Thank you for the encouragement. We’re very much in the same boat! ;)

  15. Loved the poem! We start Tuesday, & I feel semi-prepared! I just read a quote today about homeschooling from a Yahoo group I'm a part of:

    "So when you are tempted to be discouraged or feel unqualified, remember Moses. And Moses' God. He has called and prepared you for this very journey. He doesn't call the equipped; he equips the called."

    Have a blessed week!

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