Thursday, August 28, 2014

Homeschooling --- Yay I didn't ruin my kids!!

We homeschool...

Immedinatly you get either an oh cool, or do your kids have friends, look. 


When I first started out teaching at home, I used to feel the need to justify my reasons, like public school was not a good fit for my autistic son.  They thought it was a good idea to hold him back three years in a row. Or my daughter liked reading more advanced books than they thought she should. And the other biggie, we didn't like doing four hours of homework every night. Needless to say public school did not fit our family, we tried, we really tried. 

I had people telling me I was nuts, we weren't qualified, or the granddaddy of them all, our kids will be social outcasts. 


We made the leap anyways and started this incredible journey. Was it easy, heck NO. Year after year we made adjustments, fixing and tweaking things until we graduated our oldest.  Suddenly I no longer felt the need to justify my decisions because she landed a huge (Yeah $52,000) scholarship at her university. Family members who used to shake their heads at how sad our kids' lives were, now wanted to know what we did. Seems we might have done something right. The hard work we poured into them paid off. Our kids had some manners, loved learning, and actually wanted to go to church with us.

Since then our son has graduated high school. College isn't the right road for him, but he is working full time and I'm so proud of him.  Pretty awesome for a kid the school said should be in first grade for three years, apparently the school did not understand Aspergers. 

That leaves us with one at home and she's a busy bee. I can't wait to see what she has in store for us.
Are my kids perfect, NO, was I a perfect parent, a resounding NO, but our efforts have yielded some fantastic results. 

All of this got me to thinking... 

I actually didn't screw up my kids. Woooh big pressure off my back. HARD work does pay off. But more importantly all those prayers for help, God did answer! He gave me three pretty awesome kids and I'm just glad to have spent the little bit of time we had with them.   

1 Corinthians 9:26Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air.




***Okay clarification time, cause many of us moms can beat ourselves up over this.--- Homeschooling isn't for everyone, not everyone can and should do it.  AND there were times I sent my kids to public/or private school because I thought it best for that year. As I've said before, you know what is right for your kids! Now go be awesome parents!!!



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After the sudden death of her parents, making it through the day is a struggle for Amber Megan Peel. In the midst of her grief, an exquisite bird perches on her garden fence and shows her visions of a vivid landscape and a dark lord slouching upon a throne.  She thinks the visions are tied to her sorrow. But when a boy flies through her kitchen window to tell her she’s the Last Stored, she wonders if she’s just lost her mind.

Cree of Din is tasked with one job: Bring Amber home. For seven years, Cree has trained as her protector and it is the ultimate responsibility. Failure means Amber’s certain death, and that’s not an option for Cree – especially since he’s falling in love with her.

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Available January 6th 2015

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