We will start another year of home schooling Monday. We first started this journey back in 1991. Michael was going into 1st grade and Mandi was about 19 months. Two weeks before we were scheduled to start... our house burned. It was a major set back. You know ... we just didn't understand ... we were homeless and moved in with my grandmother. August is hot in south Georgia.
Three weeks later we were settled into our new home on five acres of land... and so began our journey of home schooling....
Even when we do not understand... God can turn ashes into beauty.... Romans 8:28~
This August we start our 22nd year... Michael is now 27 and lives in Orlando with our daughter in law, Amber. Mandi is 23 and lives about an hour away. Dakota is 19 and just started his second year at the local college. So three graduates. If you are new to home schooling... it does work, you can do this... I wouldn't trade it! Our students this year are Alyssa who is in 9th, Wyatt 5th and Wesley 4th. Sometimes I think about it all.... you know what?
I only have 8 yrs left. Wow. Where does the time go? God is faithful. I always wanted to be a mom and a teacher... He gave me the desires of my heart. Oh it hasn't always been easy... sometimes it has been incredibly hard but His mercy, grace and peace carry me through. I am so grateful to be the mom of half a dozen children!
This is the lifestyle we live. It works for us. If this is your lifestyle too... I would love to know, if you have just started this journey or not long ago... be encouraged. Please take a minute and read this post by Shaun Groves... it really spoke to my heart last night.
"One Reason We Home School."
A few things he said that really touched me....
I wanted to be the primary author of the message she/he would become to the world.
I wanted her to practice- with me- mining the bible, praying her fears and counting the gifts.
I wanted to be the primary influence in her life for just a little while.....
I wanted him to be the kind of person who would reach down and help someone up.
For us/me... I realize more now (with three graduates) how fast time really does go... and I want to be with them, walking, talking, singing together! I want to talk to them daily about Jesus. I want Him to be SO real to them... not just something we do on Sundays. I want them to live life fully and to give thanks~
I am so thankful for the gift of children.... for the gift of teaching them.... for the gift to daily be with them!
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