Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Our New Adventure

I wanted to wait until the school year was officially over until I talked about our family's new adventure.  We've known about it for a few months and are excited about it!

We made the decision to home school our son for Junior High (7th & 8th grade)!  I'm excited to teach him and he's excited to learn and to not have homework in the evenings - LOL!

This wasn't an easy decision for our family.  We have been at the same Christian school for 7 years and we LOVE it!!  We have always been supportive of home schooling but we have an only son and God has blessed us through these years with the opportunity and finances to put our son into this Christian school.  And we already knew and loved many staff members before we even started there.
Me and my son when he started Kindergarten!

If you had asked me a few years ago if I would be willing to home school, I would have said that only if we could no longer afford to send the kiddo to our favorite school would I do it.  In the last couple of years, I was starting to get an itch to try home schooling.  I still loved the school, just not the homework!  And as my son got older, I knew the teaching would be less difficult for me as he's a smart and *mostly* obedient kid.

Anyway, don't want the story to get too long!  The Lord put it on our hearts earlier this year to consider home schooling for Junior High.  We resisted at first, being afraid of what our friends at school might think.  We truly tried our best to make our decision ignoring what others might think and just left it up to the Lord to guide us!  I even almost changed my mind at the last minute, but only because of some external circumstances, not what we felt the Lord wanted.

So here we are - a bit unexpected - home schoolers!  We know that there will be some people who are convinced that we no longer believe in our Christian School - simply not true; we still support the school financially, through prayer, and through hubs serving on the Board.  And there will be some people who think that we've finally *seen the light* to home school our child because it's the only "right" way - not true for us either though we have always supported and believed in home schooling.  But we can't worry about what man thinks - only what God thinks!  And we feel this is where He wants us right now.

I'll be doing it on my own, not through charter schools (which are very popular here) or through any sort of co-op.  If I was homeschooling long-term, I could choose from MANY methods of homeschooling!  But since our plan is to put our son back into our fave Christian school for high school, I'll be following the school's curriculum somewhat closely.  I'm still working out the scheduling and the details.  I'm sure I'll update you as we begin our school year, but that won't happen until after Labor Day.  That's right - I've GOT to make the most of this Summer break!!  :)

Now you're updated!  'Cause you wanted to know every detail of my life, right?!  :)  OK - that's enough talk about school.  Today is the first day of Summer and it.is.HOT (102 degrees).  Let's think cool relaxing thoughts instead.

Have a wonderful day friends!!


  1. Lisa, thanks for sharing your news! I have to admit I used to be one of those in the 'homeschooling is the only option' camp. The Lord has humbled me through good friends (many that we share in common!) and thankfully I know now that education is NOT a means of grace. I will be praying for you as you endeavor down this road of learning.

  2. I think that is awesome that you listened to the leading of God. Just because I homeschool I don't think it's the "way" for everyone... each year is a new beginning and we are constantly checking ourselves to be sure we are following HIS lead.

    I'm hear if you need support!

  3. I hope I didn't step on any toes!! If your family believes that home schooling is the only right way to educate your children, I totally understand and get that - I do! I'm just hoping that people don't make assumptions about what my family believes based on our decision.

    Thanks for your support friends!!

  4. Lisa,
    I think your new adventure sounds amazing. I have several friends who homeschool their kids; I am sure this will be a wonderful journey for you (and you will do great!).

    I know about the weather here; I am melting today,lol.

    Would love to see you this summer!


  5. Congrats on choosing to homeschool! I loved how you explained it in your post. Have an awesome day!

  6. Yay! This is so exciting. You know just because we homeschool I don't ever look at non-homeschoolers any differently. Everyone has to do their own thing and what they are called to do.
    I can't wait to hear about your first year.
    Big writing notes to yourself to excuse your son from school will become the norm really soon size hugs to you!
    Love ya!

  7. Oh, Lisa! I'm so excited for y'all! I was homeschool from day one and I loved it. I can't wait for my little ones to be old enough so I can start teaching them! :D

    I'll pray everything goes well for you! What curriculum did you choose?

  8. Good luck and God bless you in your homeschool journey.

    Holly in Kentucky

  9. My 17yo son has done an on line public school the last two years. He's really struggling so in September we will be "homeschooling" him. My situation is different because I work full time. But he's old enough to be on his own, and will be in co-ops the other days. Best of luck to you!


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