I am excited and honored with the opportunity of introducing my country to my husband and kids when we visit early this year. I’m excited because I know there are things they will understand better about me and about themselves after our time there (like why we are all talkers).
Part of our mission in homeschooling is to educate for life! Most of a human being’s education in life happens outside of books! Traveling, especially outside of the country, is definitely a learning opportunity! It gives a human being perspective. I am excited to show my children how some children live outside of the U.S. I want them to understand, on a deeper level, that the world does not revolve around them! This is the first country they will be visiting (for now), but I hope this increases their curiosity of other countries and cultures.
Visiting another country can be a humbling experience. We will be visiting family, and they are anxiously waiting for us! It is still going to be intimidating and overwhelming at times for my children (and my husband). I love that they will have to be in the humbling position of not knowing the system and depending on the natives there to help them out. One change I am praying this trip causes in my children is for it to increase their empathy of immigrants in this country.
My parents immigrated to this country when I was 3-years-old. My mother tells me a story about one time when we were riding a train in N.Y. I asked a little girl next to me her name. She looked at me, confused. I asked her again “What is your name”. She still didn’t answer. This time, I yelled “WHAT IS YOUR NAME”. My mother said I was asking her in Spanish
How overwhelming it must have been for a 3-year-old to not know why the people around her do not understand her! How intimidating and overwhelming it must have been for my parents! This is happening everyday, all around us!
I pray my children learn to see the world through the eyes of an immigrants, because that is part of where they came from. I am an immigrant and many of the experiences of an immigrant made me the person who I am today!
So much is going to come out of this trip! I pray the trip has eternal impact and that the Holy Spirit plants seeds of ministry in the hearts of my children. I have a feeling our time there will help us further refine our family mission statement!