Typical Year versus This Year

Psalm 37 4

It is hard to believe we are in our tenth year of homeschooling.  When we began this journey, I never dreamed what our lives would look like.  I found it to be one of the biggest blessings in my life.  My children are much closer than they would have been otherwise.  If this was a typical year, we would either have recently attended or would be preparing to attend a homeschool convention.  Conventions provide the opportunity to find curriculum, get refreshed, and develop a renewed excitement in homeschooling.  However, this is simply not a typical year.  Starting in October of 2015, we were told to prepare for a permanent change of duty station (or PCS if you are familiar with military terms).  We received no official orders but were told this was a definite move.  It took well into January before we received the official orders.  We scheduled our move without having a location to deliver our belongings to when we arrived in Texas.

We did not expect to have the difficulties in finding a house to rent, but God had other ideas.  Everything about this move has been different from our other moves.  This one provided a test of our patience and expectations.  So we officially arrived in Texas on March 10, 2016.  But we did not officially have a home to rent.  On Friday, we went to see two different homes and wound up renting one of them.  We were unable to take possession until the 19th of March due to plumbing issues.  This meant it was March 22 before our belongings were delivered.  As a result, we have spent the past two months trying to settle in and find everything.

This time last year, we had just attended the CHAP convention in Pennsylvania where I had the privilege of celebrating our first son’s high school graduation.  Standing beside my husband and hearing the words he spoke to and about our son at the graduation ceremony was enough to bring me to tears.  It meant one chapter of his life was ending while a new chapter was beginning.  However, it also meant I had to prepare mentally and emotionally to go through this rollercoaster three more times.  I can not begin to imagine what it will be like when our youngest (who is our only daughter) is the one graduating.  For the past year, our oldest has lived at home with us and is preparing to start college courses through a correspondence seminary school.  He plans on becoming a Youth Minister in the future.  Being at home meant we did not have to worry about traveling to get him from college once the school year ended.  Instead, he moved with us and has been blessed to find an opportunity to begin working with the pastor of the local church we found.  He is going to be getting hands-on experience which will be such a blessing.

So instead of preparing to finish the year and making preparations to do evaluations and turn in portfolios and paperwork, we are instead preparing to finish out our current school year.  At the same time, I am trying to prepare for the new school year.  But that is the beauty of homeschooling, we can change and adapt to situations that life hands us.

So what is going on in your world?  I would love to hear from you.

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