Tied Down

“Jesus made it quite clear when he said, “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.” (Matthew 12:30 ESV) I am amazed at how many Christians refuse to acknowledge this fact as it relates to the government school system. Our education is either based on biblical truth, or some other truth. There is no such thing as neutrality in this regard. All education is religious in nature. Since it is illegal for students in our government schools to be taught from a Christian perspective, then it follows that they must be taught from a non (or anti) Christian perspective.”
-Voddie Baucham




The lovely month of sweet September has arrived … here, in Ontario, we can feel Autumn approaching our doorstep. While the day hours are still hot and muggy, the mornings are perfectly chilled … just that hint of fall in the air …ย  there are signs everywhere to warn us of the approaching cold weather. Our Canadian geese are gathering in the farmers’ fields, preparing yet again for their glorious flight to the south … the goldenrods and purple asters decorate the fields, the colours of fall slowly emerging as the summer’s vibrant colours fade … but there are still beautiful days of warmth, butterflies are still flitting about, sipping sweet nectar from the last few late summer blooms. The nearly finished garden is bursting forth with readiness and keeping me busy …

{Lacey with her little brothers}

{so blessed!}

Today, thousands of children across the country lined up and filed into big yellow school buses, ready for their first day back to public school.
Again, this year, I am thanking God, humbly, for this blessing, this untold lovely joy, of schooling our children at home. There is a reason we are doing this. If you are a Christian and you have school aged children, I would pray that you consider home education. Please, if you have a minute (and we all do), watch this video. There is an incredible reason and it is one not to be ignored.

Students are not greater than their teacher.
But the student who is fully trained will become like the teacher.

Luke 6:40

Today, for the first time, this sweet little girl would have left our home and spent the entire day under the care of the government school.

If she was to go to a public school, she would be spend 14,000 seat hours from now until graduation under the government’s training. (source)ย 

Not only is that a frightening thought that the secular, godless government would have that much time with our impressionable youth, that does sound very opposite to our Bible’s teaching:

Train up a child in the way he should go:
and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Proverbs 22:6.


Is it busier to have all the children at home? It certainly is – but I know why we are doing this. That changes everything.

I am so glad this little one was at home, with me and her siblings, learning alongside us as we schooled around the kitchen table.


I found a beautiful poem in a book I am reading … and I just had to share:

Tied Down

“They tie you down,” a woman said,
Whose cheeks should have been flaming red
With shame to speak of children so.
“When babies come you cannot go
in search of pleasure with your friends,
And all your happy wandering ends.
The things you like you cannot do,
For babies make a slave of you.”

I looked at her and said: “‘Tis true
That children make a slave of you,
And tie you down with many a knot
But have you never thought to what
It is happiness and pride
That little babies have you tied?
Do you not miss the great joys
That comes with little girls and boys?

“They tie you down to laughter rare,
To hours of smiles and hours of care,
To nights of watching and to fears;
Sometimes they tie you down to tears
And then repay you with a smile,
And make your trouble all worth while.
They tie you fast to chubby feet
And cheeks of pink and kisses sweet.

“They fasten you with cords of love
To God divine, who reigns above.
They tie you, whereso’er you roam,
Unto the little place called home;
And over sea or railroad track
They tug at you to bring you back.

The happiest people in the town
Are those the babies have tied down.

“Oh, go your selfish way and free
But hampered I would rather be,
Yes rather than a kingly crown
I would be, what you term, tied down;
Tied down to dancing eyes and charms,
Held fast by chubby, dimpled arms,
The fettered slave of girl and boy,
And win from them earth’s finest joy.”

-Edgar A. Guest

Did you notice that his poem was written by a man? He was, in fact, a father to three children and a famous poet and writer. He knew how precious and special children are to the family unit and society as a whole. Imagine if a poet would write such beautiful words now and publish them in a well-read newspaper? How fantastic that would be!

Being a full time mother, being a homeschooling parent, being at home, running the household and educating the children means I am not able to do everything else. There is much I need to say “no” to … but I believe we are saying yes to the Lord in a decision to homeschool.

These ties, they hold me tight and steady.


Yes, it is a good, a great thing, to be tied down.

September 6, 2018 - 2:54 pm

Gigi Andrea, I feel your anxiety! Lazarus was a baby last year and napped – now he’s up during school time … and Loyal naps … soon, Loyal will be up. I always have a toddler/baby in the mix so we definitely need to be flexible. Try to focus on the wonderful aspects of homeschooling even in the midst of a bad day. Don’t forget – even the Queen has bad days, I’m sure! ๐Ÿ™‚ No job is easy, but this one is definitely worth it! ((hugs))

September 6, 2018 - 6:33 am

Andrea Thank you for this! We had a rough day yesterday…it was our first day of (home)school for the year. The first three years with two children were a piece of cake, but now, we have an 18 month old who only naps once a day and is quite a handful, so yesterday was…interesting. I was feeling a little discouraged because in addition, so many small things are going wrong lately, and it was all adding up. Thank you for reminding me what a blessing my children and homeschooling are!

September 5, 2018 - 5:00 pm

Gigi Hello Teresa, yes, I hear you – I will be sad when the last one graduates, but I have a long way to go until then! ๐Ÿ™‚
Thank you about the dress – no it is from Amazon. I tried to purchase before from your daughter’s shop but there were issues with shipping to Canada …..

September 5, 2018 - 4:42 pm

Gigi Here in Ontario, the education system is much more than just descending from apes. It’s very, very liberal now.
I love your plan of homeschooling though! I commend you.

September 5, 2018 - 4:41 pm

Teresa Hi Gigi, lovely post! I am on my 17 year of homeschooling. I love every minute of it and I will miss it so when my youngest will be out in eight years. I love your dress did you get it from my daughters shop “Hello Modest” ? I love your blog…keep posting!

September 5, 2018 - 3:54 pm

Debby in Kansas, USA Homeschooling was unheard of when I grew up in Los Angeles in the 70’s. Aside from my year-long stand-off with my Biology teacher over descending from apes, everything that was taught to me was pretty basic stuff. If my teachers had spouses, life outside the classroom, opinions, etc., they sure never shared it with us and I don’t recall anyone ever asking.

However, by the time I married in the early 90’s, homeschooling was the only way I would’ve gone if our family plans had worked out. There was no way I would’ve sent any of my imaginary kids to public school. If anyone was going to mold their little minds, it was going to be me and my husband.

September 5, 2018 - 11:06 am

Gigi Kristal, it is always interesting to hear from someone inside the system. Thank you for sharing your input. It is also encouraging for me as a homeschool mom – as we have lots of open play time, especially for the little ones. Mindless testing … so sad and a waste of a childhood! We love to learn about many famous people in history who were educated at home because they did not fit into the public school teaching system …

September 5, 2018 - 10:46 am

Kristal Gillian, another wonderful post. We are young in our homeschooling journey (just 3 years), but I’m so happy we listened to our hearts and made the decision to do so. I was a public school teacher and it was a huge driving force to school at home. In kindergarten alone there were countless hours wasted on mindless testing (some on the computer—why you would have a 5 year old take a computer test is beyond me), no free play (90 mandated minutes a day for reading, 90 for math, 60 for science), one 20 minute recess, and no time for the pure joy of exploring and learning random topics for enjoyment. Not to mention absolutely no time spent talking about God. I know this isn’t everyone’s public school experience, but I was familiar with nearby school districts where I taught and they were all falling in line with this type of learning environment. I feel for our children.

September 5, 2018 - 10:06 am

Gigi Diane, thank you for your words of encouragement. I love what you said – saved in childbearing! Amen!

September 5, 2018 - 9:57 am

Diane Wow! I have really been enjoying this blog. Although you are younger me, this has been so encouraging. Love the pictures. They are so beautifully done. I have been “tied down since 1984 and I love it. There is a reason that the Bible says that women will be saved in childbearing. I know that salvation itself does not come from having children, but I know that much of my sanctification has come through motherhood and being a wife. I have been homeschooling since 1996 and I have two more years to go. After that I will be tied down with my 12 and counting grandchildren. ๐Ÿ™‚

September 5, 2018 - 9:44 am

Gigi I don’t respect or honor Hitler – but it is interesting to see how he knew that controlling the children meant controlling the world. I will consider trying to find another quote that would seem more encouraging. Thank you for your input!

September 5, 2018 - 9:30 am

Karen I enjoy your lovely blog and your children are precious. I don’t always agree with everything, but I find another perspective interesting. I was dismayed to see you quoted Hitler – quoting someone is a sign of respect and honour. This evil man deserves neither. I’m sure there are numerous others whose wisdom could be shared instead. Please consider taking that down.

September 5, 2018 - 8:18 am

Monica Yes, yes, a thousand โ€œyessesโ€ to this, my friend. Homeschooling is THE number one conviction I have, one that grows with each year as the world grows darker and tightens itโ€™s grip on the education system. I have a precious five year old that would have gone to school as well. My heart breaks thinking about her leaving her haven of safety here at home. No we canโ€™t do it all and do it perfectly…but we can do it clumsily and Christ can handle the kinks for us in all His leading and wisdom.

The pictures are lovely! You are radiant, mama! Such feminine and beauty…I love it. And those blue checked dresses get me every time! โค๏ธ What precious photos.

September 5, 2018 - 4:41 am

Gigi Congratulations on 11 years! So wonderful! And yes, I am grateful for the freedom that we have for now, as well.
Yes, I know the sermon you’re referring to. A great one indeed! I will link it.

September 4, 2018 - 9:55 pm

Katy Yes!! Homeschooling is *such* a blessing! This is our 11th year of homeschooling and I am so thankful to have my children home with me. Mine are all in the upper grades now (I’m not sure how we got here….it happened so quickly!) I try to encourage so many people to homeschool (almost all the families at our church do…but that wasn’t on purpose. It’s just something we all do…not a prerequisite for attending our church!). I am thankful for the freedom to raise up my children in the Lord…which can only truly be done well if they are in my care most of the time! My boys were just baptized (they asked to be) and I just posted about it. What a blessing that was for my husband and I! ๐Ÿ™‚ I don’t know if this would have been the case if they were in public school all day!

Have you ever read the quote by voddie baucham: โ€œWe cannot continue to send our children to Caesar for their education and be surprised when they come home as Romans.โ€ That’s from the book Family Driven Faith. I have read it and it is good. If you haven’t…I recommend it! ๐Ÿ™‚ He is also great to listen to on podcasts/youtube sermons etc!

Anyway….I am super tired and just popped by quickly and now really must head to bed! Have a lovely rest of your week!