Saturday, December 31, 2011

an education

Two years ago the Lord began to stir our hearts about bringing the kids home for school. He planted that seed and it has rested quietly, waiting for the right season to grow into an everyday part of our lives. We have had questions and doubts and fears. We feel inadequate. We will be misunderstood. It has taken some time for us to see how it can be done right and well. We don't regret the years that the kids have spent going to school away from home, in fact we treasure the lessons learned and the memories made. All of that is foundational up to this point. Before now, school at home was an idea.. even an ideal, now it is a desire and a vision. We are stepping out into the unknown but we have faith that He will lead us each step of the way in wisdom and grace. He always has and always will.

So, how did the kids react?

Ben, "That means I can hug my teacher anytime I want to."
AbbySue, "Can I stay up later to read now and go to school in my pj's?"
Zibby, "Yay!"....just because everyone else was saying "Yay!"


  1. Only the two of you know what is best for your children, and you have always made the best decisions because you are grounded in His grace and wisdom. If I had to do it over again, I would have kept Aaron closer to home because that is where he thrived and learned without distractions, boundaries and harsh criticism. I applaud you for your decision. You know, you have Grampa to help - he is a former educator and very bright, and available if needed!
    Love you so much - Nana

  2. love it Jen!
    can't wait to see you again. in person, in this new year.
    thank you for opening your home. you are a sweet friend.
    much love and hugs.

  3. You go, girl! I'm sure God will give you the strength to do a great job. :) Love seeing the pictures of your new house and your sweet family celebrating together. I was able to see my family over Christmas and it was such a blessing.

  4. And the backyard wasn't close enough to home? I need to call you this week, I feel like I have catching up to do! ;-)

  5. WHAT??? WOW! That's great! I second Emily. You will love it. It will be the hardest thing you ever do and the most rewarding. Will you use the Well Trained Mind as your guide? We do and use most of the materials recommended by Susan Wise Bower. You can come look at them if you're interested. Oh, I am starting a 4H homeschool club for girls in 4th and 5th grades. I will call you to see if you might be interested for Abby Sue. Blessings to you on this new adventure!

  6. Wow! I will be praying for you and the kids. Homeschooling is not a easy choice, I know we have had our share of opposition. But when you know God has led you, its wonderful! I would not take back a moment spent here at home teaching in my yoga pants, even the hard pre-teen days! I am excited for you! Maybe we can go on a field trip together sometime? That would be Awesome! :0) Love you!

  7. THANK YOU for all of your encouraging words. I know that we are doing the right thing for our family. We have a peace in our hearts and we are truly excited...nervous...but looking forward to the adventure. For those of you who also homeschool...expect me to bug you...a lot! xo