It also marks the first Fall since 1997 that I haven't home schooled! When I really first felt a call on my life to home school my children I was 16 years old. I wasn't even dating Steve at the time but I knew God had called me to home school my children, and I knew I would home school them through the 8th grade.
So that's what I did. I home schooled.
When we began we lived in Oklahoma, then we moved to New Hampshire and finally Florida; when we began we knew 1 other home school family, then 2, then three,now it seems every other person I know either is or has home schooled.
These past 13 years have stretched me beyond where I wanted to stretch and grown me in ways I probably don't even realize. The coolest thing about home schooling has been the time I have had with my children.
Day one went well, both boys seemed happy with their teachers, their classes and they made it home safe and sound, not that I fear for their safety, God has those boys and I trust Him with them and have since the days of their birth. As far as I know they were safe from mean kids and neither one sparked up in the bathroom.
As another year starts I already know it will end in the blink of an eye, 2 shakes of a lambs tail and it'll all be over.
I will sit on my porch with Steve one day and we'll wonder where it all went; until then I am enjoying my days off with no children to clean up after, no lunches and snacks to make, no books to teach from, no papers to correct. I am reluctantly, excitingly, nervously welcoming this new chapter in my life.
Now what to do for the next 7 hours?