Guest Post – Stacey

Great excitement for our 4th guest ~ Stacey
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Last week, I was talking to a friend and I heard myself say, “We are going into our 6th year of homeschooling.” It was at that point that I had an ‘out of body experience.’ You know the kind, where you are actually the one talking, but a second you is there, too. While you are still having the conversation with the real live person, your other self is saying to YOU – “No way, has it really been that long?” Does this sort of thing only happen to me? The point is, I can’t believe it has been 5 years already.
God used many things to draw my heart toward homeschooling, but this verse in Deuteronomy 6:7 was the final piece of the puzzle:

And you shall teach them diligently to your sons (daughters) and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.

Christ modeled this with His disciples. I love to think of how homeschooling makes this life possible. I remember my daughter saying to me in the early days, “Mommy, I am so lucky. Most kids go to a 5 day school and they don’t get to spend all day with their mommy like I do.” In the past 5 years, this greenhouse effect of being together and learning daily, has yielded not only a capable girl academically, but a mommy who has learned quite a lot herself. This perhaps has been the most surprising aspect of our decision to homeschool. See, it is not only about my children and their growth, but mine as well.

So fast forward to today. My classroom has grown from one to four. Next year, I will attempt to teach 5th, 2nd, and preschool. I will also be sneaking in plenty of training for my busy almost 1 year old. The best way I can describe our homeschooling life is what Ann Voskamp calls a fully integrated life. We do life together.

My girls are mostly with me. We also have the blessing of being part of a unique umbrella program called Circle Christian School. They keep me accountable and encouraged, which I have found to be vital in my journey. My girls attend enrichment classes once per week called Foundations, that use a Biblical Worldview approach to teach history, art, science, drama, and music. I handle the math, language, writing, and follow up assignments from their Foundations program at home. I usually pull from a variety of resources to teach my girls. I guess that makes me ‘eclectic’. Every year I also sit down and write a vision plan for each of my girls. This vision plan includes spiritual, emotional, physical and academic goals for them. I take time during our first week of school to cast this vision for them. We revisit the vision plan a couple of times during the year to see how we are doing and see if we need to make any adjustments.

Five years seems like one. Life is crazy. It is not easy. I have an end picture in mind and that is what keeps me focused on the relationship building and training I am doing now. Most people I run into who find out I am homeschooling four children either call me a saint or think I’m crazy. I like to think I am neither. Just a mom, on a journey, trying to be faithful to a calling the Lord put on her life. I have a lot to learn yet. Good thing for me I have the next 18 years or so to fit it all in.

Thank You Stacey – your heart for your children, homeschooling, and the Lord is contagious! Please visit Stacey’s blog 29 Lincoln Avenue – you will not be disappointed!!

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