I have two children...twin girls, They are nine years old now.
We have been a homeschooling family since the beginning...I think that makes it about 4-ish years. Before we were married, my husband came to me with the idea of homeschooling...I was appalled and thought NO WAY! I mean REALLY WHO HOMESCHOOLS? I went to public schools and I turned out fine...I have a Bachelor degree in Engineering. We laugh about those moments now. That was then...naive to the ways of today's school. Despite that difference we got married and over the years a transformation occurred...I have changed, way more for the better and the changes keep happening. I am growing right along with my girls.
As I begin all good adventures I began my normal overabundance of research. What I learned was staggering AND some friends (really acquaintances) crept into my life hailing the benefits of homeschooling and they were doing it. After a woman with six children and more to come told me how she was homeschooling and that I was perfect for the job I began to break. (Imagine and remember how a compliment can change someone's life and in this case the life of an entire family.) My husband had faith in me that I could educate our children and this woman thought 'I' was PERFECT for the job. What I did not know is that God was seeking me out...he had left the 99 and he found me, but that's not where. He had to REALLY pursue me because I am stubborn.
He claimed my heart when my twin girls; my childhood dream; were conceived after many years of losses of many kinds, but even that is not where he really found me or better put, that's not where I really found Jesus. I was raised a Catholic, but I never really KNEW Jesus until I homeschooled. Homeschooling is not about the education you give your children....that is just the medium that God uses to bring families together in ways that are simply not possible in any other way. I found that I truly had a relationship with Jesus when I found myself at homeschool convention after homeschool convention (I was attending before I was homeschooling) face to face with other Mom's who were willing to pour out in me and they believed in me. They did this because they believed in Jesus not because I am some super awesome person, but because I am a child of God.
That genuine heart is what seeped into my own heart and because of that I have more peace in my homeschool than I ever have before. Is it perfect? Am I doing anything different? Is it a new fangled curriculum? Is it a new homeschool room? No, it's just knowing that if I listen closely I will be guided by the Holy Spirit to say the right things to pick the best books or curriculum, to organize the school room, to know that I just need to relax and enjoy the time I have been given to home school. I am a lucky Momma...I GET TO HOME SCHOOL!!!