We’ve been homeschooling our kiddos for the past 2.5 years, it’s been an amazing journey and season of life. The past couple of years have been wonderful, we’ve loved the opportunity to speak life into our children’s hearts, to see the first of many accomplishments, and the freedom that comes with making our own school/work schedule.
However the past 6 months haven’t been the same, we’ve been hanging onto the homeschooling lifestyle with white knuckles and making it work, for better or worse. The truth is, and it’s tough to admit, I haven’t been able to enjoy the kids as I should be. Between work, keeping up our home, finding a church, and learning our new community here in Bend (without any family nearby) we’ve been flat-out overwhelmed. Now don’t get me wrong, I adore being a mom but being a teacher just isn’t in the cards for me, I struggled week by week for over 2 years to find a normalcy to our school day. Mr. Frugal took over teaching this year and I’ll admit he did a MUCH better job than I had done, but still it wasn’t flowing and we couldn’t find a happy rhythm. We tried several different methods, took breaks to reevaluate, and kept finding ourselves in the same boat.
We always said we’d take it year by year and as the Lord leads we’ll follow, I never expected to make a change mid-year but the timing is right and things have fallen into place. When the thought came to mind of public school, I panicked. I started to imagine every worst case scenario there could be about sending the kids to school, I was making myself sick with worry. I’ve been there for everything and the thought of not being there to catch them when they fall (literally or not) was almost too much to bear. I prayed, a lot. I cried, a lot. Then as I’ve experienced in the past a rushing peace swept over me and I knew the decision we were to make was going to be a good one, the kids are going to thrive.
So we enter yet another new season of life, and once again I’m excited to see what’s in store. Does this mean we’ll never homeschool again? Absolutely not, we’ll keep on our year by year method as long as we need it. I wanted to share this because I know that there is a stigma out there about one way or the other being the “right” way to do things. I wanted to encourage you that every family is unique and there is no such thing as the one right way to do things. Keeping the family’s needs as a whole in perspective, this is the decision we’ve come to.
Of course I missed the crazy good Lands End Backpack deals, oh and I just have to share this really funny story that happened a week or so ago…
I was out shopping with Tyler, my almost 6 year old when I heard him say “Hey mom, look! They have tiny suitcases for sale here!” I turned to see what he was talking about, and about died laughing as a few other moms were nearby – they were lunchboxes. My kids will have many new experiences coming at them it seems!