by adustyframe ~ October 23rd, 2006

I have been contemplating this post for quite some time.

Homeschooling in and of itself brings challenges. Doing it alone brings a few more.

We are in full swing and I’ve learned some things.

1. We don’t have to do what everyone else thinks we should do.

2. We can skip some things some days and still be doing a great job.

3. I don’t have to know everything. I just have to know what I am planning to do this term, this year. Next year can be taken care of later.

4. We needed this!

We truly did. We needed this time to just be home & to concentrate on being together.

These past weeks homeschooling have brought about much peace in our lives. I am beginning to feel more rested than I’ve felt in a long while. I am still exhausted but I am able to rest a little bit more.

The time we’re able to spend just being together is fabulous. I think that my son loves having my complete attention for the mornings.

I am self employed. I am unsure how I’d do this if I worked for someone else.

Running the business and single parenting and dealing with the stress of my husband’s incarceration was very hard. Often I was short tempered and completely stressed out. I had to take deep breathes very often to avoid taking my stress out on my child.

It is not his fault this is happening and he was just as tired and upset as I was.

Adding homeschooling to this mix hasn’t taken away anything. I think though that doing what I know was God’s will for our lives has been the peace producing factor in all of this.

I hired additional employees to free up my time to be home larger portions of the days.

That was fearsome! I was unsure how that would all work. Especially the paying them part. So far everything is coming together perfectly.

I would love to sell my business and just stay home. I think in a month or two I’d be completely back to being myself. I would have a clean home (yeah right!) and a son that doesn’t have to still be shuffled around on occasion.

But then I think, this is what God has provided for us right now. This is how He has worked things out.

In all honesty, things are working out far better than I could have imagined.

I still am tired. I still have to pray like crazy and hope that I’m making the right decisions in regard to the schooling choices. I have to have a lot of faith that God is going to continue to provide for us. I still fight off the niggling feeling that I’m not doing it “right”

But then on days like today, I look at my son painting a pumpkin his sleeves rolled up, his eyes sparkling. I think about the 8 lines of print he read all on his own this morning. I remember the feel of his warm little body curled up next to me on the couch while we finished the last chapter of Stuart Little, read 3 library books, worked on Bible memorization, and read our Bible lesson.

I see his happy little body bounce across the lawn playing with the leaves and watch him as he attempts to climb the tree.

This is a wonderful blessing and I will not worry what anyone else thinks about our choices. I don’t care if anyone thinks we’re not doing it right. If it bothers them that sometimes we skip our phonics lesson, oh well.

Because this being together and learning together and holding my family together is what God has called me to.

I will rise each morning praising him for this opportunity and when I think I’m not doing it “right” I’m going to remember that until my husband is released, I am doing this alone and if all we ever do is read great books and snuggle on the couch, we’re doing a very necessary thing.


6 Thoughts Shared to Homeschooling

  1. Margaret

    Beautiful post. Thanks for the lessons about holding it together under less-than-great circumstances.

  2. PrayerSister

    It sounds like homeschooling was a blessing you needed 🙂

  3. Jodi

    I’m visiting here from the Carnival of Homeschooling, and I think I’ll stick around. Sounds like you could use more people to pray for you, and I could use some of the lessons you’re teaching.

    Blessings to you.

  4. Jamin

    Wonderful to hear that homeschooling is going well for you. God bless you on your journey.

  5. alice walston

    Hi, thanks for some confirmation. I have been considering homeschoolig for a couple of kids at our church that have fallen thru the cracks. I feel an obligation to help them becsuse I can and the parents don’t know what to do and these children want to learn. Their school environment is just not working for them. comments.

  6. Patricia

    Beautiful testimony!

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