Having three young girls is often times very exhausting. Homeschooling them adds a unique stress to that too. There are many times that I wake up in the morning with at least two of them screaming or crying, and I think "I don't wanna!!" I don't wanna spend all day correcting their poor behavior. I don't wanna nag them to do their chores. I don't wanna nag them to do their schoolwork. I don't wanna break up another fight. I don't wanna clean up another mess. The list seems endless.
However, every single day something will happen that will make me realize why I do what I do. For instance, yesterday was a crazy day. We have been snowed in for a few days, and we are all starting to go a little nutso. The girls have been fighting more and are moodier than usual. We had had a LONG day of homeschool, and this mama was ready for a break! So we agreed that we would each do one chore to tidy up the house, get in our pjs, pop some popcorn and watch American Idol together. And so we did. But in the bustle of getting all of the above accomplished, I heard my 3 year old say "My sister is so kind!" speaking about her oldest sister who is 10. It was the sweetest and most sincere thing I have ever heard. We had a very nice evening together relaxing and spending time together. When it was time for bed, I found my middle girl who is 6 kneeling in her bed silently saying her prayers all by herself. It brought me to tears.
Proverbs 13:24 Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them.
Proverbs 29:17 Discipline your children, and they will give you peace; they will bring you the delights you desire.