I can still picture exactly where we were when Travis first said to me, “See? You could homeschool someday.” I don’t recall the context of the conversation. I only remember that his unexpected remark came in response to something I had just said. I’m not sure that we were even married yet at that time, but it was those five words that planted the seed which would over time be watered, sprouted into intention, and grown into reality.
It’s funny how something you thought you’d never do can become not just something you do but something you do with reason and passion. When Abel, our oldest, turned four, Travis and I had to decide: are we going to pluck this sprout or aren’t we? Are we really going to DO this? We had to ask ourselves why… WHY would we homeschool. We knew the fundamental answer to that question, and it remains our primary reason for homeschooling today.
We want to be in control of what our children are being taught, and we want to help them understand that information with a Christian worldview.
Of course, some other benefits of homeschooling have emerged over time; and those things have become almost as important to us as the primary “why.” The opportunity to spend more hours of the day discipling my children and making memories with them is of HUGE value to me. And, the joy of watching them learn and learning alongside them has been more thrilling and fulfilling than I could have ever imagined.
Travis and I have always said that our decision to homeschool is an indefinite thing. At this time, we feel confident about homeschooling through the grade school years; but, what happens after that remains to be seen. What we do know for sure is that homeschooling is the right thing for us right now…. And… that Travis was right: I can homeschool!
Stay tuned for Part Two of this series on My Homeschool: A Look Inside Our Day!