Lord help me

After much soul searching, prayer and consideration last night hubby and I decided we will begin homeschooling our oldest daughter next fall.   I know the Lord has placed this on my heart for a long time.  I have come up with every  reason that I couldn’t possibly homeschool, but ultimately I feel that this is what we are being called to do.  I feel certain that this is the best thing for our family and our children at this time.  
We spent the majority of this weekend outside building fence.  I was struck how well behaved and how happy our oldest was all weekend.  I truly believe that we have been rushing her through her childhood.  We rush to get up in the morning, rush to get breakfast and get her to school, where she spends the next 8 hours.  Then she gets off the bus and we rush her through homework, chores, activities, dinner, shower and them rush her off to bed. The majority of the conflict we have in our home either starts or ends with me saying….Hurry up!  I don’t want to rush her to grow up! I want her to be able to linger in whats left of her childish innocence. So while I know its not going to be easy, I am so very excited.   
We have decided not to talk to her about our decision until after the school year is over.  I know she will be thrilled but I don’t want to distract her from the work she needs to finish this year. I am hoping to spend some time with some other local homeschool families and then I need to select a curriculum. I’ll let you know how it goes.

Update :  After attending a homeschool conference in Cincinnati we decided to give Sunshine the Option of  completing the year in public school or starting to homeschool in mid – April.  She was thrilled to start  homeschooling right away.