This week, Moms are pouring out their hearts at The Homeschool Village….about why they decided to Homeschool! I love the Homeschool Village, the Moms who host it and the Moms who have joined this inspiring Blog.
Here is the history of our family and homeschooling. We are two months into our second year of homeschooling…..and so far, I can tell it is going to be an amazing year!
When I became a Stay at Home Mom, I had more time to sit down with my children and truly learn how unique they are. As I became more aware of their personalities and had more time to spend with God, my husband and I talked more and more about Homeschool. But, right before our oldest started Kindergarten, we moved to SD. I went back to work and our children were not with me. God moved us back to the South after 9 months…and again, my children went back to school. Two were in public school and one was in a Preschool where I taught.
That year, God worked on my heart. My Mother passed away….just before she did, she asked me to pull the kids out of school, move in with her for a few months and send them to school there. I did not honor this request…..a decision that will haunt me the rest of my life. Truly something, I pray God will give me peace…His peace.
After my Mother’s death, I spent a lot of time at my children’s school. It is a good school, but every time I left, I would cry. I knew I was ‘missing it’! I was not listening to the seeds of truth God had planted in our years earlier when we had initially discussed homeschooling. While I was going through this self inflicted pain, I had a very good friend who had decided to homeschool. She has always been an amazing friend. She never pointed a finger at me and told me I was making a mistake. She loved me…..and through that love, she would share little tidbits about their homeschool life, but only when I would ask. One day, as we were sitting and our children were playing, I asked her about what her children were learning…and if she was ever concerned about them not learning something they would need later (ahhh…..the issues of my heart are starting to show). She looked at me and in the sweetest voice without any sense of judgement on me…she said “You know, we have just decided that we would rather our boys grow up learning about our Savior, Loving HIM and be plumbers, then for them to grow up not loving God and being the richest men on the face of the Earth!” That comment, the love she poured into those words…..were like mustard seeds. They grew louder and louder every day after that.
After many hours of praying, worrying about what our family would think, talking with my dear, sweet friend, we finally pulled our daughter out out. You see, we realized, God was impressing upon us…we were looking to the world, not to Him. We were getting the left overs at the end of the day…we were putting the pieces back together at night….and allowing the world to pull them apart during the day.
The first two months at home were wonderful. There were some adjustments…and as I sat and read with her….I realized something I had spoken with her teacher about the year before. Something wasn’t right with the way she was reading/writing. So, we slowed down a little….we took our time and my daughter began to blossom. We are now walking the path of having a child with Dyslexia. Something the school ignored…something that would remain ignored in our school unless she was failing. So, God brought her home at a crucial time. Now, we can find the best path for her and help her maintain her loving heart and help her see that she is special and uniquely created by our Heavenly Father.
Shortly after that….our son began to change. He was angry in the evenings and no longer hugged me. I tried to talk with him…nothing worked. One day, he was sick and stayed home with us. He spent the day homeschooling with us and that night he asked to stay home. We brought him home. A few weeks later, he was happy again, the anger had disappeared and he confided in me…he was being bully’d because he was sticking up for other children who were being bully’d.
During all of this, God had been whispering to us….to bring them home. To honor and Glorify His name! So, that is what we have been trying to do.
I love having time to start our day with reading the Bible and learning about our Heavenly Father. I love learning with my children and I love the time and flexibility we now have as a family. I love the opportunities we have to think outside the box and homeschool in our back yard, in a garden, at the park, or….even on a long trip.
Last week, my husband’s uncle passed away. He lived in Dickinson, North Dakota (1700 miles away). So, we packed up the car and drove. Along the way, we learned about the geography of our country, the Lewis and Clark Expedition, made a detour through the Badlands to visit Mount Rushmore and a Petting Zoo….but, the best thing of all, was spending time in our car…with Daddy and spending time with our family.
This is just a small look into our history of homeschool. I hope this isn’t too much of a ramble. After driving 3400 miles in a week, I’m a little tired…..and we are heading out in a few minutes. Here is a picture of our recent trip (I will post about our trip later). 3 of our days away count as homeschool! All of the moments we shared with eachother and our family….will be with us for the rest of our lives! I hope you are enjoying your days at home with your children…and I hope/pray that if you are trying to decide if it’s the right path for you, you’ll open your heart and mind to God and allow Him to carry you through this amazing journey!