I am so excited. March marks the one year mark for A Little Bit of Spain in Iowa. I really can’t believe what an exciting year it has been for me in blogging. I was able to visit San Francisco, New York, was featured on Oprah.com and met so many amazing people throughout this entire world. Thank you so much friends and family for visiting me here and taking the time to leave me comments. It really does mean so much to me especially when I can learn and be edified through your comments.
A couple weeks ago I wrote a post called Resting in the Lord. In it I shared my heart for where I am in my spiritual life and opened up that my husband and I were praying about home schooling. I wanted to share that we have decided to home school our boys and honestly it was through all of you that shared with me through your comments and emails that I felt confirmation that this is the direction the Lord wants me to take with our boys.
I’m really excited as I am going to be attending my first home school meeting tomorrow with a new group of women. Maria from www.veryblessedmommy.blogspot.com sent me an email and I am so blessed that she did! She lives here in Iowa and opened up her home to my sister and I. We will meet tomorrow night and chat home school. I can’t wait!
She wrote to me…
I read a story a while back about a homeschooling mom who was dying way too young and her only regret was that she wished she had “baked less bread”. Her reason for saying that was that she felt like she was always so busy DOING things, baking, making, cleaning, trying to make her home look and feel like she wanted it to be and like she thought it should be when what she really should have been doing was just being with her kids….spending time with them, reading to them, listening to them. My point in all this is, we only get one childhood with our kids, but God-willing we will have many years to bake, make, clean, etc. Homeschooling is a big commitment and it is time consuming, but I can’t begin to describe how fulfilling it is! 🙂
Seriously what I needed to hear. Thanks Maria! I can’t wait to meet you tomorrow 🙂
I also was so blessed by a new mami I met named Kelli. She lives in Oregon and will be moving to Iowa soon! This part of her comment really tugged on me.
I homeschool. God told me to homeschool, I didn’t want to, I sent my daughter to 1st grade at public school and my second daughter was going to a private preschool, and that whole year was God telling us to homeschool. I am sooo glad that He knows best! It has been the best thing ever for our family. I made a list of pros and cons, and on the pros were all kinds of wonderful things, and on the cons were only selfish things. Like, I want a clean house, I want to be able to go to lunch with my friends, I want to be able to exercise. Well, the pro list has grown in so many beautiful ways, I KNOW my kids.
When she wrote this I could very much relate. I was a little bit excited to be able to send my kids to school and have me time. Which is definitely what we all need every once in awhile but I want to KNOW my kids. I really feel God wanting me to home school in that my oldest son Nehemiah is very smart. I’m not saying this to brag or to be one of those moms but he’s been a kid that has enjoyed learning. He takes something and runs with it. Because of this, I’m excited to be able to challenge him, keep him learning, and keep him involved in activities. The more I think about it, the more excited I get.
I was also very excited to hear from my friend Bridget at Bake at 350. I was so blessed to have met Bridget at Kelly’s Cake Off For A Cause. Bridget has been home schooling her son for 3 years. Here’s what she had to say that also shed some light.
I was so afraid to do it, but then I didn’t want to look back at my life and WISH I had. It’s hard somedays, but I really have gotten to know my child well. He’ll probably be going to our parish school in the fall. There are so many opportunities for electives that I feel like I can’t give him as he gets into middle school. I know some parents are FABULOUS at that…I’m just not one of them. 🙂 I feel like he’ll be going with a good foundation.
It’s great to know that she was able to home school and set that foundation. He will be attending school in the Fall and that’s okay. God will direct our paths and we just need to be obedient to what he wants from us now. Thanks Bridget!!
What really confirmed my decision was in hearing from a home schooler that I have known since she was an itty bitty. My friend Sarah was home schooled through high school. She is now married and attending a University. Here is what she shared with me that was so encouraging!
I was home schooled from 2nd grade through high school and I L.O.V.E.D. it. I’m so glad you asked me about it. Honestly, I was surprised that you hadn’t decided to home school already. I think that homeschooling would be a great fit for you. Your lifestyle (gardening and raising chickens, etc) would mesh really well with homeschooling. You’re like a home school family already. 🙂 That’s what so great about it: home schoolers learn about REAL life. It’s more than just the academic aspect. You get to learn about how real life works.
My favorite part about it was that I never felt bored. I never felt like I wasn’t learning anything. I think this was because there’s so much flexibility. You’re allowed to learn in the way that best fits you and at your own pace. It’s so cool because, as long as you’re learning what you’re supposed to, it doesn’t matter how.
I remember one year in elementary school, my sister and I were really into the Little House on the Prairie series. So my mom found a curriculum that was based off the books. We learned how to make bread and we sewed bonnets…made butter from a homemade butter churn….it was awesome!
Another year we were really into Medieval stuff, so we researched different royal houses and even made our own catapult and Medieval weapons.
I basically only have fond, fun memories of school. It was just more fun and I was never jealous of anything about public school.
After about 6th grade, basically every fall, my parents gave me a choice of whether I wanted to start public school or be home schooled again. I never picked public school and I don’t regret it at all. I’m just really glad my mom was willing to stay home with us.
I also liked the fact that I was never taught anything that conflicted with Christian values. I never had to stop and ask myself “Does this go along with what the Bible says?” I feel like I got a solid foundation and was able to get a good feeling, like “Ok. This is what I believe. This is what I know.” I didn’t have to sort through information. Not to say that I was kept ignorant of what was going on in the world (which is what a lot of people end up thinking); we learned about other religions as well…you just don’t have to be directly exposed to the wrong thing to know what it looks like.
I finished high school in 3 years and had ZERO problems transitioning from being home schooled to college. I had lots of friends while I was home schooled and was able to make tons more in college. No ill effects, so far 🙂 I think that the positive definitely outweighs the negative.
Two things really tugged at my heart.
- I’m just really glad my mom was willing to stay home with us
- After about 6th grade, basically every fall, my parents gave me a choice of whether I wanted to start public school or be home schooled again.
I really like this in that it was in her decision to continue to be home schooled or not. A greater challenge for me to make sure that my kids are not just learning what they are supposed to but that they are learning about things they enjoy and making sure they are continually involved in something. Whether that’s sports, 4H, boyscouts etc..
Anyways, yes… one year for my blog and so many more blessings at home with my friends and family! I do have a few giveaways to commemorate 1 year! Keep an eye out as tomorrow I will host my first and it has to do with organic gardening!!! People with small spaces, this is for you!!!
Oh… Ha! I almost forgot! I’m going to Spain in May!!!!! Yeah, I am that excited. It’s been 3 years. I’m super excited to visit my family, give tons of kisses, and eat TONS of good food!! You better believe I’ll be blogging from there and may have some special Spanish giveaways!! Sevilla Tiene Un Color Especial!!!! All right, it’s a good day 😀 I’ll see you tomorrow for my first blogiversary giveaway!