This post is part of my #write31days series about being an unlikely homeschooler. Be sure to follow along with the entire series by checking out the main page here.
“So, I think we should homeschool.” – Blake Hollander
My dear husband said those words to me when I was a mom to a toddler, a smaller toddler, and had a baby on the way. I’m not exactly sure what I said out loud to him at the moment, but the immediate response in my head was,
“Uhh…no. YOU can think about it all you want. That is SO not for me!”
Nope, being a homeschooling family was not in my plan. It had never been a thought in my head or dream in my heart, so to hear him say he wanted us to consider the homeschooling path was shocking to me! He says we talked about it before, but I don’t remember much talk of it until this point when life was CRAZY with 2 kids 2 and under, and about to get crazier with #3 on the way. How could I be a homeschool mom? Didn’t he see and know my shortcomings? Hadn’t he lived with me for nearly 7 years, which should have made it so obvious that I was not homeschooling material? How on earth could I even consider homeschooling my crew of kids?!?
It wasn’t until we had 3 kids 3 and under that I seriously started considering the possibility, but I still didn’t think I had what it took. I wholeheartedly believed I would fail if I tried.
But God has a funny way of taking imperfect, seemingly incapable messes and using them for His purposes, beyond what they think or imagine they can do. I saw me on paper, my strengths and weaknesses, and I knew there was no way I could homeschool my kids! But I have learned that with God anything is possible.
So here I am now, well into my 5th year of homeschooling (with one of those years being a “practice homeschool” year), and I can honestly say that I am still a mess, still shocked that this is the journey we are on, but more thankful and experiencing more joy from homeschooling than I could have imagined.
I love homeschooling, and yes, I had an unlikely start, but I am guessing there are other people out there who are just like I was. You are sitting there thinking about the possibility of starting this journey with your family one day, but the fear is overwhelming. Your belief in your ability to educate your children is below register, but you are still toying with the idea. Or, you have just recently gotten started and are already thinking of throwing in the towel! I hear you! I know you! I was you! And it is YOU that prompted this series. I know that homeschooling is not for every family, but I am a believer that anyone can homeschool! (And actually, I believe that everyone should educate your kids even if you aren’t homeschooling, but I’ll get to that later!)
This month, my hope is to share my story and some of the tips and helps that I have picked up over these past 5 years. I love sharing about these things and my prayer is that this series will be helpful and encouraging to exactly who the Lord intends. This first week coming up I’ll paint the picture a little more clearly of how I am an unlikely homeschool momma. Like I said, this was not my plan, but I’m so glad that it was God’s plan for me.
So stick around! Share with someone you know! But keep reading, because we are just getting started!