Why do you even Homeschool???
The question that use to make me cringe.
Seriously, there were so many reasons.
And I knew that my answer to
“why do you even homeschool?”
would take forever.
Once you get the short, sweet (and sometimes ugly) story
of why you homeschool, it will pull you through the
horrible, no good, really bad days.
That face… I hated leaving him at school all day every day.
I hated what they were teaching him.
I hated what they were not teaching him.
I hated that I had no control over what they were putting in his head.
I hated what he as learning on the playground.
And he only went to school through 1st grade.
That was the spark.
I researched, I took it to my husband, he looked at me like I was nuts,
he asked the college administrator he was working for, he said we’d try it.
And we did.
That is my family up there. 6 kids plus my beautiful daughter-in-law.
Husband too, can’t forget him.
I get so much more time to be with my kids.
Because as I learned on so many days, like the day pictured,
it goes SO fast.
Literally, it seemed like one day to the next between
that little face in the first picture
to the grinning groom in the second picture.
One day to the next.
Mistakes were made, yup.
There were some really hard days, yup.
I would not trade the mistakes that wouldn’t have been made
for the time that would have been lost.
Because then I wouldn’t have had the chance to do the GOOD things.
And I know there are good things. How?
When the wins come… they come BIG!
I’m not gonna lie, there are a TON of wins.
Small wins, so so wins, wins that come
like you are pulling teeth.
And you will question your decision to homeschool.
But before you give up,
make sure it’s for the right reason.
I questioned. I was smacked upside the head with some hard truths
by the hand of God when I questioned.
But all the days I questioned,
and all the days I thought I wouldn’t make it,
and all the days I wondered if the kids would make it
get squished like a bug when I look at my kids and what kind
of people, they are growing into.
That last picture?
My two boys that I have graduated so far.
The oldest graduated from West Point and
is serving others as an Army officer.
The second in line, on the right,
he is serving others as a firefighter/EMT.
The other kids have plans, and hopes and dreams.
They will fulfill them,
I have no doubt.
The girl who wants to help by working with kids
maybe she will do that, maybe she will find something else she is passionate about.
The boy who wants to be a police officer…
he might change his mind too.
The girl who has done nothing but talk about being a nun
for two-thirds of her young life…
maybe she will keep up with that,
maybe she won’t.
And the youngest who is determined to stay
home with mommy and daddy forever…
well, sometimes they change their minds.
But, I love to watch how they look at the world,
even when I have to “walk out the house before someone gets hurt”.
(that’s a joke folks)
but on the hard days.
And I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
So… why do you even homeschool?
Tell me… why do you even homeschool?
What got you started thinking about it.
What have been some of your wins?