We made a rather important and life changing decision last week. I had been prayerfully considering something for several weeks. I don't know why, but I just couldn't shake it.
Thursday morning, I woke up later than I would have liked. Brian had been up since 5:00 am. I found him at the kitchen table reading his Bible.
He looked up as I walked in the kitchen and simply said, "We're going to homeschool Addison."
Homeschooling was a promoting that was placed in my heart before Addy entered kindergarten. She was in a private school for pre-k that we adored, but when it was time for kindergarten, Brian and I both had reservations. So, we pulled her out.
I started researching other options...homeschooling being one of them. I loved the idea. But before we knew it, we had 2 foster babies, and I was pregnant with baby #3. It just wasn't the right time for us. So we decided to put her in public school.
We were blessed with the most amazing kindergarten teacher. Addison thrived. I keep saying how much of a blessing her teacher was to us during the transition year that last year was. I had peace about her being at school.
But this year, that promoting returned. I couldn't explain it, and I couldn't shake it. The homeschool thing just kept coming up.....during the day, during my quiet time, and over and over again.
The majority of my being wanted to pretend that I wasn't feeling the need to seek out more information. Homeschool would mean more work for mama. I was just starting to feel really good about my work load.
But this feeling wasn't going away. And there are lots of reasons that we decided to finally take the plunge and make the change....reasons that we can talk about another day.
At the moment, I'm in lesson planning mode, and honestly, it feels good. I feel in control of my child's education for the 1st time, and I love that.
Addison is actually excited. We were unsure how she would react, but she's ready and looking forward to the extra attention she's going to receive from mom and dad.
Tomorrow is her last day of school. Wednesday Brian will teach our 1st day of homeschool....and Thursday and Friday will be mom's day to teach. Brian is going to teach 2 days a week. I will teach 3. I'll do all the lesson planning as well.
So that's it. Life is about to be a little different around here, and we're all anxiously awaiting it. We know it's not the easiest choice. But we believe it's the right choice for our family right now.