Challenge 23: One thing I am excited about.

July 23, 2015

I have debated for a while if I was going to share this new exciting news on the blog or not, and I guess now is as good a time as any. By the way this is not a pregnancy announcement. :) 
After lots of thoughts, discussions, prayers, and many, many sleepless nights Nathan and I have decided to homeschool our sweet herd! Are you crazy! Probably, but this is something that has always been in the back of our mind and something we are excited to do.  I will tell you more about why here in a minute but first I feel like I need to get some disclaimers out of the way:

-I do not hate public school 

-I do not hate teachers (seriously pretty much every single person in my family/extended family is a teacher, I love teachers!!)

-I don't hate traditional education

-I'm not planning on wearing a denim skirt anytime soon. :)

What we are trying to do is raise our babies the very best that we can.  This is something that has been put on our hearts to do and it feels good to trust God and take that leap.  This was not an easy decision to make. All of my kids have had great schools and amazing teachers, all of which I get to call friends, all along the way and that is not something that is easy to walk away from.  This past school year brought some new emotions to light and Nathan and I agreed that the timing was right and we took a leap of faith, and things have started falling into place.  Both school districts were kind and encouraging when we told them our plan, we got connected with the homeschool co-op in town, and I have some great ladies who are helping me every step of the way on this new journey. A peace that passes all understanding , has been running through my mind and is about the only way I know to describe it.  This feels right. 
Now I'm not all saying that I know our "why". Maybe God knows I need to try this out so I can put it to rest or maybe this is what I was designed to do.  Either way there is a peace about homeschooling next year and beyond that it's up to Him. 

Now I still have the fear that creeps into my mind, What if I fail?
You know what I might. We might get to the end of this year and I end up having to swear everyone to secrecy and we never speak of this again, I might end up in a mental hospital, :) or we might continue on for years to come.  Whatever the out come I know that for at least this year we are following Him. 

I'm excited to use this little blog to record our homeschool adventure. Which is definitely what it is, an adventure. So for those of you who think reading about homeschooling is exciting as watching paint dry I will try and warn you before I  get started. :) I will be honest and blog the good, the bad, the ugly, and the beautiful.  And you all will be the first to know if we make it a week and decide we have lost our minds and I'm sending everyone back to public school! But I hope that doesn't happen. :)

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