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Why We Homeschool {The Beginning}

Sometimes, on this here blog, I put myself out there.  I hesitate to hit "publish" because I know there will be judgement, resistance, opinions.  I judge myself enough on my own, I don't think my heart can handle much more from outsiders. 


A little history... Mark and I went to public school.  We both had great experiences.  When we wanted to start a family, our intentions were to raise our kids just like we were raised.  Our kids would go to public school and turn out fine- just like us.  


 Fast forward three years.  Ella was three and we were prepared to send her to school that next fall for preschool.  I am pretty sure I had even discussed with a friend that homeschooling wasn't my thing.  I stumbled across some scripture one night.  I, of course, wasn't looking to be convicted about our education decisions for our children- I already had that figured out.  The scripture (that I wasn't looking for- remember) opened up my heart in a way I didn't know it could.  I was nervous, overwhelmed, joyous, and a whole slew of emotions beyond just those few I listed.  


See, when someone (that someone would be me) who had no exposure to homeschooling gets convicted to teach and train her kids herself! Well, let me just say, I felt an immense amount of pressure on my shoulders.  A lot happens when you homeschool.  A lot of great things happen.  A lot of special moments get to be experienced when you are home with your kids every day.  


Something else that happens, is that you have to let go of dreams you had for your child.  The dreams of all the school plays and concerts they would be a part of- you with your camera in hand to capture every phrase and movement.  The dreams of seeing your child walk through the school doors for the first time as they enter a world they have never experienced before.  The dreams of watching your precious little strap on their back pack and head out to the bus.  The dreams of hearing their teachers rave about how great their science project turned out- you know, the one with the spinning planets, orbiting the sun.  There are dreams- and, they get lost.  


Let me explain to you- it hurts to lose those dreams.  I wanted those dreams so badly.  They were my dreams...  But, nothing compares to watching your kids interact and care for one another in such a sincere, gentle way.  Nothing compares to having your child on the counter every morning as you prepare meals.  Nothing compares to hearing your child recite their Bible verses and learn how to read.   

Homeschooling is a journey that I didn't sign up for.  Luckily, God did- and I am doing my best to be obedient.  I am running the race as if for the Lord.  It is a race that I know many people don't understand.  It is a race that I don't even understand, but it is my race, none-the-less. 

xxLiz



Have you ever had an experience... where God stopped you in your tracks and completely redirected you?

20 comments:

  1. Awesome post Liz! You're such a good Mama! Blessings, Denise

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  2. Beautiful post! Sometimes a hard thing to listen to the Lord but His blessings are abundant aren't they. :)

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  3. I admire you for your openness to share and for homeschooling. I know a lot of us moms think it'd be a nice thing to do but that we could never do it! Here's a post I stumbled upon today that made me think of yours re: homeschooling
    http://www.lemusingsofmoi.com/2012/09/i-could-neverhomeschool.html

    You are not alone :). Have a great day/weekend!

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  4. God has a way of showing His plan at just the right time! How blessed your children are to have such a wise mother! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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  5. I totally understand!!! I was in the same boat 8 years ago when God spoke to my heart about homeschooling. I didn't think I had what it takes, and like you, I had to let go of the images of watching my child get on the bus with her backpack on, etc.

    But I traded those dreams for something way better than I ever imagined. I have gotten to teach and watch 3 of 5 of my children (so far) learn to read and grow a LOVE for reading. Right before my very eyes, I watch them learn. I teach them things and together we learn about God and how He is working in our lives. Nothing compares to it! God will exceed your expectations! :)

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    1. thank you for your kind words. i would love to know more about your journey! thank you for stopping by!

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  6. Yes!! Exactly the same the as you. My sons were in 7th and 4th grade, with two toddlers, when we got the call to homeschool. It has been an amazing blessing, but not always easy. Thankful for those days that I remember to call out to Him for help. Stopping in from Fellowship Fridays!

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    1. wow! that must have been difficult to go from schooling outside of the home to transitioning to school in the home. thank you!

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  7. Stopping by from Mommy Moments Mondays at The Life of Faith and honestly, I clicked through because of your super cute hairstyle. LOL Anyway, I had a very similar experience to yours. I went to public school for much of my academic "career" and assumed my children would do the same. Or, at least, I'd send them to private school. {Neither of which I feel is necessarily *wrong*}. I just began to feel God convicting my heart, asking me to trust Him because, believe me, I feel so inadequate sometimes. But I think that's the beauty of it: on our own, there's no WAY we could teach our kids the way God would want us to. We have to keep going back to the cross; keep asking Him to teach us as we teach them.

    Thanks so much for sharing your heart!

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    1. i am so glad my hair brought you here. ;) we seem to have similar convictions. thank you for stopping by!

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  8. I am an elementary teacher and always thought I would send my kids to public school. My oldest is 2 and I can honestly say that I already feel strong convictions about sending her to public school. I am your newest follower @ thoughtsofcara.blogspot.com. I hope you will check out my link party on Thursday called Instagram Thursday.

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    1. I was an elementary teacher prior to staying at home. I must say, I loved being a teacher! Thank you for your insight! I will definitely stop by your blog!

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  9. I have been to public school too and am homeschooling, so I do understand this post! But the reward, the no rushing in the morning and no teacher meeting are making homeschooling a bonus. I do LOVE being part of my little girls life, and homeschooling just gives me the opportunity to to it all the time !

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    1. I did LOVE that our mornings were nice and calm. We didn't have to rush around! Thank you for stopping by!

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  10. Thank you for this. We are preparing to homeschool our daughter next year as she enters the 6th grade. She has always been an outstanding student and I admit to a little bit of pride creeping in at the awards and accolades. I think out of everything, that has been the hardest to deal with - giving up those dreams. No more awards days, or honor roll breakfasts, or emails from the teacher about how great my kid is. I guess it's showing me some areas God wants to work on in my life, as we go down this new path He has us on!

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    1. I will be praying for you. It will be difficult, but so fruitful and rewarding. Thank you for your words...

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  11. WOW,Idon't know how I found your blog but I was just talking with my husband about homeschooling. And I said to him I just don't know how to start, my little one is 3 and half but I just don't know where to start. Reading your blog I know what you mean. I pray that the Lord gives me directions. Thank you for sharing your story.
    God bless,
    Inez

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    1. inez... the hardest part is just starting. i was super overwhelmed, but it has all worked out. i feel like each day gets a little easier. God bless and thank you for stopping by.

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  12. I was totally against homeschooling. In fact, I began researching it so that I could tell my homeschooling friend how and why it was so bad for her child.

    During my research instead of discovering how bad homeschooling was I discovered how great it was, and I felt the Lord impressing it upon my heart to homeschool. Fortunately my hubby agreed.

    My friends and family were all so shocked when I said we were going to homeschool because I had been so negative about it. Seriously, no one was more shocked than I, lol!

    But it's so wonderful to have them there and see the light go on in there eyes as they "get" it and know that you helped put it there.

    Actually, we joined a homeschool co-op and I did get to see my kids do several things such as sing and make a science project and they even did some plays for a local family theater! So I did get those pictures with my camera too! ;)

    I homeschooled my kids for 16 years until the youngest graduated and I have never regretted it.

    Thanks so much for linking up today.

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