You're nobody special! ...

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NametagI was sitting in an empty workshop room at a convention last weekend, enjoying the relative peace and quiet before our next responsibility for the day. In walked one of the cleaning staff, obviously looking for someone. She walked up in front of me, peered momentarily at my name tag, and said "Oh, you're nobody special", and walked back out. It took me a moment to realize that English wasn't her first language, and that she probably meant to convey that she was looking for someone "specific" (perhaps another convention center employee), not somebody "special". But it did make me chuckle, as I considered my initial feelings/response to her statement. What do you mean I'm nobody special?!!

Her rather unexpected statement stuck with me throughout the rest of the day. As I chatted with dads and moms who were new to homeschooling and asking if they could really pull off the whole "teach my kids at home" thing ... as a couple of moms anxiously shared that they didn't have teaching degrees, so they were sure they would fail their kids ... as one mom nervously admitted that she wasn't sure if her son would accept her as his "teacher" ... as one dad expressed his concern that his kids would miss out on sports and socialization ... and another couple shared how their sister-in-law is a pro at homeschooling and they're not sure they can measure up ...

I wanted to pull each of them aside and tell them that they are indeed ...

wordleWhether you are brand new to homeschooling, or whether you've been at it for years, please allow me the privilege of encouraging you in this most important endeavor. You have chosen a most honorable path to walk, and I applaud you for your commitment. God has chosen you to parent, raise, teach, and love the child(ren) in your care. Trust that He will also equip you for the task.

Nothing profound or terribly in-depth from my pen today. Just an overwhelming burden to let you know that you are indeed ... somebody Special!

Still on the journey ...

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