Saturday, August 22, 2009

Life's a Journey

"Life is not a race, but a journey to be savored each step of the way. Yesterday is history Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift; that is why we call it the present." ~Unknown

Until now, this blog has served primarily as my place to keep track of books that I and the kids have read, in addition to reviews for Thomas Nelson.
One of my mini goals in life is to inspire my children to have a passion and love for reading and learning. That will not change moving forward, however, I'm adding an additional subject matter. It fits right in actually.

For sometime, I've been researching the ins/outs/howtos of homeschooling. By definition, to homeschool, homeschooler or homeschooling simply states to educate one's children at home instead of sending them to school.

As a family, we've been educating our children since birth. ABC's, 123's, pottie training, please & thank yous, self care, etc... Why does it seem for far fetched to continue educating them? My family doesn't see it that way.

So, m
y decision, for now, is to let the kiddos go to school. They actually started earlier this month. They are enjoying themselves so far.

I am not closing the door on homeschooling. My family tells me that I can't do it, they play the socialization card and tell me I'll ruin them, yadda, yadda, yadda.
I plan to continue working with them {kiddos} at home, be super involved at school and see how it goes. I am disappointed that I am not getting any support from my family. None. Although, I am not surprised.
I have talked with a local homeschool group and know I do have support through that channel and I am grateful for it. :)
I gave into my family because right now my family situation is quite... unfamily oriented. I'll spare you details, but know the pressure of having my husband 1300 miles away, makes it difficult. I am stressed and feel as if everything is crashing in on me. I'm taking the time that my children are in school to regain the control & confidence that I've lost.
The homeschooling community is so supportive, give more to others and don't ask for anything/much in return. At least that has been my observation. If that observation is true, then that is a community that I want me and my children a part of. It just fits with what I feel in my heart.

Which brings me back to my quote from the beginning. Yesterday is gone, tomorrow is uncertain, make the best of today, because it is what you have. You may or may not agree with my interpretation, but that's ok.

Have a great day! I hope you come back to share this journey with us and I look forward to getting to know you and you get to know us.


debbie 8/24/09, 7:36 PM  

hang in there!!! do what you have to do, remember the lord will never let you down!!!


Shanna 8/24/09, 8:54 PM  

@debbie ~ Thank you! :)

Amy 8/30/09, 1:06 PM  

Glad you have the support of the local homeschool group, and sorry to hear your family has not been supportive! I hope you and your kids have a great school year together, as it sounds like you plan on being very involved!

Laurie 8/31/09, 8:34 AM  

I was encouraged by your openess in sharing you story. You sound like a strong person and a great mom for handling things the way you have and keeping a positive attitude for the children. Have fun this year - keep the faith! :)

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