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Typical Year versus This Year

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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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A New Journey Begins

So Friday night one journey ended and another journey began.  Nine years ago, our family started down the path of homeschooling because of our oldest son.  Friday night that journey came to an end as we recognized him as a “Graduate”.  It is bittersweet in so many ways.  It means his journey of childhood is over and his journey of adulthood is beginning.  It is so wonderful to the see the man he is becoming.  He has accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and plans to follow in the footsteps of his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather in the ministry.  I can see God working in his life in so many ways.  I have been blessed to walk much of this journey with him thanks to homeschooling.

At the same time, I have three more children yet to go.  It will be five years before we end our chapter of homeschooling our own children..  So I still have time to enjoy this season.  Our daughter is not quite a teenager yet.  But our time is growing short for this season.  I can’t say I ever expected to begin the homeschooling journey, but I certainly have been blessed beyond measure through the experience.

This past weekend as we attended the CHAP convention in Harrisburg, I was reminded of how special each of my children is.  As we walked around the convention speaking to various vendors, it was amazing how we were able to find just the right items for each child.

For example, our third son has wanted to learn to play the harp for years, but we never anticipated finding a harp that we could afford or that we would be able to move easily, but we did.  There is even a book available from the company to teach him how to play it.  Our daughter wants to learn how to play the flute and through a vendor who was at the convention, we found a site where she can take online lessons for that.  We found online lessons for the piano as well.  It is amazing how much we can find when take time to walk around and actually look at what is available to homeschoolers.

On Saturday, while my husband and I looked around at the books and curriculum the rest of our family (our four children and my mother) played cards at a table in the cafeteria.  When they noticed a young lady sitting alone, they invited her to join them in their game.  It is wonderful to see how these children interact with each other.  My children are not afraid to talk to people.  They are not afraid to speak up and try to make friends.  Homeschooling has definitely blessed our family through the years.

There is such a feeling of satisfaction when I meet someone at the convention that I am able to help or provide information to thanks to the experiences we have had.  It is wonderful to find exactly the right curriculum choices for each child.  It is amazing to watch how God leads, guides and directs our steps.

How have you been blessed lately?