I finished two books over the weekend while we were in Nashville. Don’t start to think of me as super reader, I just love to read in the car when Aaron’s driving!
I finished GOING PUBLIC by David & Kelli Pritchard. I enjoyed this book a lot. We made the decision this past year to put Cayden in public school. It was one of the hardest decisions we’ve made in parenting. The reason it was so hard was b/c Aaron and I were on completely different pages. At one point I was considering home schooling for a while. Then it was between private and public. I already wrote on here how God changed my heart and gave me a peace that was not of myself, but only of him.
So far public school has been great for us! Cayden is a lover of learning, so he is soaking up all the new stuff he learns each day! Here are the three top things I took from the book:
- The three most important things to teach your public school child are: 1. Love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. 2. to obey you unconditionally 3. self control.
- We are all called to home school. As parents we should be the #1 influencer in our child’s life. You should use every moment at school (good or bad) as a teaching moment. Be an influencer in your child’s life. Talk to them. Listen to them. Make sure your home is a place of honest and open communication. Have a parent home with them full time to be involved in every aspect of their lives.
- God is in charge. No matter where your child is at school God is in charge. Public school can’t do anything to my child, b/c God is in charge. We serve a big God who is bigger than any “agenda” that people might think public school has out for our kids.
If you have kids in public school or are a grandparent of kids in public school, or will eventually have kids in public school I would highly recommend this book. I’m hoping that Aaron will read it next!
The next book I finished is called THE MIDDLE MOM by Christie Erwin. My great friend Shawnah let me borrow the book and I read it in a few hours. It’s a super easy book and not long at all. Its about this woman’s journey through foster care with a private adoption agency and then with the state foster care system. I found myself tearing up a few times during the book when she talked about the pain of sending kids home.
I have found myself thinking about foster care so much more lately. It is coming up all around us and I don’t find that to be a coincidence at all! I think that after we get our kids home and settled you just might see the Ivey family with kids coming in and out of our homes. We just might be their middle family.