Friday, August 15, 2014

So Why Do We Do It?

Welcome back to our final day of the Back to Homeschool blog hop.  I hope you have had as much fun as we have and gotten a chance to visit some other blogs.  Here are a few of my favorites to get you started!
Marcy @ Ben and Me
Lisa @ Farm Fresh Adventures
Jenn @ Treasuring Life's Blessings
Dusty @ To the Moon and Back
Jacquelin @ A Stable Beginning
Rebekah @ There Will Be a $5 Charge for Whining 
Gena @ I Choose Joy!

Back to Homeschool Blog Hop
It has been a fun week, but man am I tired!  Next week we will have a week off of school, not even our summer school, and then it is back to full time school!
So why do we do it?



I have mentioned it before, but it is worth repeating.  I did not grow up as a homeschooled kid.  I did not dream of being a homeschool mom. Nor did my husband dream of being a homeschool dad.
When we began homeschooling our first daughter at age 4, it was out of self-preservation.
My husband had a crazy work schedule that involved a lot of nights gone and a lot of short-notice trips.  We also had a new baby and I could not even get my preschooler to preschool on time.  Seriously!  I knew if I died unexpectedly, my last possible words to her could very well have been, "hurry up, we are late!"
I decided to buy us some time.  I thought we would homeschool the "easy" years and save up money to send the kids to a private school eventually.
God had different plans.  Doesn't He always?

I loved having my, then only, girls home.  I loved they were best friends despite the four year age difference. I loved that we could be together as a family even when my husband's schedule was unpredictable.  I loved that we did not feel rushed.  And believe it or not, I even loved teaching them.  Mostly!

Then, enter this guy and how could I not have him spend the days with his sisters?  How could they possibly miss him growing up?

And then we were blessed with this little guy!  He needed stability.  He needed family.  He needed to be around those that loved him best!

And so you see- every day, from 16 years ago until today, God has planted a little more in my heart each time that I needed it.  Just one more reason to continue on the path of homeschooling.
It is not about the books, or the test scores, or all that they learn.  Those things are important, but they are not IT for us.
IT for us is family!


How can you go wrong spending the day with this group?

Blessings.

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2 comments:

  1. For us, it started out as a good idea because we'd seen some great examples of homeschoolers. I'd also taught in the public school system and it was really eye-opening to me that the classroom model was not really the ideal way for kids to learn. As time went on though, it really became a conviction because we wanted to have that godly influence over our children - and to have that influence the majority of the time. But when it comes down to it, I really enjoy my children - I love teaching them and love having them home full-time! :)

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