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Why We Homeschool {So, how long do you plan on doing this homeschool "thing"?

If you missed my first Why We Homeschool {the beginning} post, you can read that HERE.
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One of the most popular questions I get asked is how long we plan on homeschooling.  
I can honestly say- I don't know.


I never planned on this journey, so I can't very well assume that I know how long it will continue on for.  
I know that I am in prayer about it.  
I know that I am taking it one year at a time.
I know that if it is time (if the time ever comes) to take a different journey,
God will let me know loud and clear.


Truth be told, if I think that I am going to do this "homeschooling thing" until my kids graduate, I might just crawl in a hole and never come out.  It is a daunting thought, for me anyway.  I am a year at a time kind of girl, so one year at a time is the way we will approach homeschooling.  I am a perfectionist, so thinking that I will have to school three kiddos until they are 18 makes me feel all sorts of overwhelmed. 

 I want to be the best teacher for them.
I want to be the best mother for them.
I want to be the best example for them.
But, there is no way I will ever be "perfect" for them. 


I do know this... I have enjoyed this past year tremendously.
I have loved getting my two oldest around the table and watching them light up when they accomplish a task.
I have loved having helpers in the kitchen and teaching them about homemaking. 
I have loved setting our own schedule and being able to be flexible. 
I am a structured person, so we had goals and made sure we met them.
We had a daily schedule (which I will post about later) and stuck to it.
We have all grown- together.  We get to see each other's faults and help build each other up.

So, for now, we continue on this path.  This path of togetherness and learning at home.
This path that I never considered for our family.  The calling that I am choosing to be obedient to- 
homeschooling mom.

xxLiz

If you have any questions you would like for me to address, please let me know so I can try and answer them.  

14 comments:

  1. Oh I love positive comments about home schooling!! I was home schooled a number of years myself and I tell you what... NOTHING beats the lifestyle. The lifestyle associated with homeschooling is incredible... the freedom and flexibility with your children is irreplaceable. For that reason alone I am seriously contemplating embarking on that journey...

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  2. I was never homeschooled and went to every type of "school" you could think of- private (religious), private (overseas, not religious), and public. I am a public school teacher now and do enjoy it, but my husband was homeschooled until he was in high school (we are in the KC metro, too btw!). His parents chose to do it because they couldn't afford private school and the district they lived in was.. not so great. Honestly, I am so incredibly thankful they homeschooled. My husband is one of the most humble, considerate, helpful, respectful, hardworking people I have ever met, and I really do think a lot of it has to do with him being homeschooled. He tells me stories all the time of helping his mom in the garden and making food with her and helping his siblings with their schoolwork. He was able to have a paper route and mow lawns during the day because he could finish his school work in the morning or take a break to "work" on his lawns and come back later and finish school. They had time as a family to do devotions every day and spend time with other homeschooling families, too. He does sometimes feel like he missed out on sports opportunities and advanced academic programs, but I think some of that has to do with the fact that his high school was tiny! We aren't sure what we will do- first bun is still in the oven- but every family is different. I think homeschooling is a wonderful option if a family can do it!

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    1. I am so glad to read your feedback! Thank you so much for your insight... I am glad your husband benefited from being home with his parents. Hey! We should have coffee sometime (decaf, of course;))!

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  3. Beautiful photos! I have homeschooled my children since 1984 and will continue until 2019!!

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    1. I for sure need your homeschooling resume so I can learn from you!!! ;)

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  4. I love reading homeschool stories from those in every step of this life changing journey. I have enjoyed both parts of your homeschool post and look forward to more.

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  5. These words seem to be flowing straight from my own heart. Thank you for sharing. This is a huge blessing! God bless you!

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  6. real good post and such a sweet family !

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  7. How timely you would write this as I recently submitted my post on Why We Homeschool for this linkup. I plan on homeschooling at least through high school. We live out in the country. The nearest school is 20 minutes away and everyone out here either homeschools or has to send their kids on an hour long bus ride! Even though there are many tough days, it is so worth it.

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  8. Whenever someone asks, "Are you going to homeschool all the way through high school?" I smile and answer, "Well, I haven't even decided what I'm having for breakfast tomorrow." Then I usually go on to explain that we believe that God knows our future, loves my kids even more than I do, and will provide what they need. Now in our 10th year of homeschooling, and our eldest doing high school work, it becomes more and more amazing how God puts exactly what we need in our path, just when we need it. Worrying is optional...but certainly not necessary!
    :-)

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  9. I homeschooled all the way from start to finish and just finished that journey last December. It was incredible. BUT I wasn't the best teacher, or mom, or example...that is for Jesus to do through my imperfections.

    Thanks for linking up at WholeHearted Home. And welcome...I don't remember meeting you before.

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  10. That is an excellent answer! We never really do know. I started out homeschooling but due to unforeseen circumstances ended up having to put them in church school for a bit. We're back to homeschooling but I never claim to have a clue what is in the future! Bless you as you continue to follow His lead, one year at a time! Thank you so much for linking up last week at Walking Redeemed!

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    1. every day is a new day. i think i have it figured out and then it all changes. thanks for stopping by!

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  11. Homeschooling is the hardest and most rewarding thing I've ever done, and I've done some pretty hard things. Now, as a 17 year homeschooling veteran and mother of two young adult women, I'd do it again in a heartbeat. I think my girls would agree. When our youngest was preparing to walk down the aisle with my husband at her wedding, she leaned over, kissed him on the cheek, and said, "I love you, Daddy. I've had a wonderful life."

    I'd love to encourage you with a copy of my devotional book for homeschooling moms called "Joy in the Journey." If you'll send me your email address, I'll send it right on over. Blessings to you from Hungry for God . . . Starving for Time.

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