It’s that time of year again. You know. The time when everyone posts First Day Of School photos all over social media? You’ve done it. I’ve done it. It’s one of those traditions that we love to embrace.
But there are other yearly rituals we keep.
We have two vital traditions we honor each August. The most important is the prayer time we have as a family the night before the first day of classes. This started years ago when I was feeling pretty stressed out at the thought of the new year. Feeling a little depressed at the thought of early mornings, chore routines, activities and lessons. And Chad and I could also see that our kids were glum as well. So we gathered them into the living room and began talking about the upcoming school year. He asked each child what he or she was most dreading and most looking forward to. Then we talked about expectations. That the kids would do their best; that they would be diligent in waking on time and getting their morning routines finished before lessons. That mom would keep her voice down. That we would all be best served to have attitudes that glorified the Lord. We gave them ideas for dealing well with challenges and setting goals. And we took the time to read our theme scripture:
For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
How great is that to hear?
Then we circle up and pray. Each of us. We pray over the coming challenges. For our relationships. For sharp minds and gentle spirits. And we thank God for the gift of homeschooling, in all its imperfections. And what never ceases to impress me is the peace that follows every amen. If you’re not consecrating your year with prayer, I highly recommend starting. There’s never a wrong time for it.
Our funnest traditions happens first thing in the morning on Day 1. Doughnuts.We find a local shop, pull up to the counter, and eat our fill. I know some of you might think that sugar and fat do not lay the proper foundation for excellence in learning, but you’d be flat out wrong. Doughnuts are a rare treat at our house and they bring wreaths of smiles to every sticky face. Mine included.
And so, doughnuts.
This year, we’re heading to Peace. Love, and Little Donuts for something new. I hope we won’t be disappointed.
What’s YOUR First Day of School Tradition?