When that 3-month old firstborn became an almost 6 year old ready for kindergarten, we were in the States on a home assignment. I homeschooled him for that first part of kindergarten, which was a great fit for us as we traveled. I loved it! But, when we returned to Costa Rica, we made the decision to enroll our son in kindergarten and our daughter in pre-kinder at the bilingual school. On the first day of school, I was so worried about how the kids would react to going to school after being homeschooled and with us constantly during our time in the States. But, it turned out that Mommy was the only one who cried that day.
It also turned out that I had the biggest lesson to learn that day.
|walking into school on the first day, when I started to tear up|
As I calmed down on that first day of school, I was reminded of something I've had to learn over and over again as a missionary wife and mom... I cannot compare my life here to what I think my life would be if we lived in the States. That's not our life. This - living and working in Costa Rica - is our life, for now and for as long as God wants us here. So, we make the decisions that work best for our family and for the life and ministry God has placed us in. Comparing and contrasting with what life in States looks like (or, really, what I think it might look like!) does nothing but make me lose the joy that I can have in this amazing life God has given us in Costa Rica. And, I love this life! How cool is it that our kids get to grow up learning a second language and being part of this beautiful culture? Now, more than a year from that first day of school, I daily see the benefits the kids have gained as I hear them speaking Spanish more confidently, and, as our local friends tell us, with a perfect Costa Rican accent! I also have been blessed with many friendships with moms at the school, providing opportunities to share my life and testimony with a group of women I never would have known if our kids were not at that school.
The kids may have learned some new Spanish words and some new letters on the first day of school, but it was Mommy who learned the most important lesson of the day.
|We're thankful how this school has allowed our whole family to learn more about Costa Rican culture.|
Do you struggle with imagining what your life could look like if you were still in your passport country? Has a lack of education options in the place you serve led you to choose something less than your ideal for your kids' schooling? We'd love to hear your thoughts and experiences!