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Ep 105•Thirteen Years of Homeschooling. What We Have Learned, What Methods We Have Used, and How We Have Changed.

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We began our thirteenth year of homeschooling this year.  If you know the backstory, then you know this is nothing short of a miracle really. It has been a week full of reflection, and I wrote this earlier in the week:
“No more first days.
No more planning the curriculum.
No more thinking, …”well if this doesn’t work, we can always change it next year…”
There is no next year. This is it.
We have such a story to tell. Our journey has been life-changing and very little has had to do with school. And I wouldn’t trade it for the world. It has been full of ups and downs. But I can’t believe this chapter is closing.”
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Homeschool Methods, Lessons, and Changes

Today on the podcast I am talking about our methods over the years, what we have learned, and how we have changed. It has sure been a journey. And even though it is nearing the end for my oldest, we have quite a bit more to go…thankfully…I’m not quite ready for it all to be over yet! 😉

READ THE BOOK—>Called Home: Finding Joy in Letting God Lead Your Homeschool

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Thirteen Years. The Last One.

Almost 13 Years of Homeschooling: What Are You Doing With Your Life?

An Unlikely Homeschooler

The One Thing You Must Do Before You Plan Your Homeschool Year• Podcast Ep 102

Our Favorite Homeschool Curriculum and Helps • Ep 81

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The One Thing You Must Do Before You Plan Your Homeschool Year• Podcast Ep 102

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Planning Your Homeschool

It’s that time of year. Time to break out the fresh pencils, the fresh notebook paper, and the planner. But, do you do this before you plan your homeschool? Listen in today as I talk about gearing up for the new year and the one thing you MUST do!

Previous episodes:

What I Learned From Purging Clutter•Podcast 96

Simplifying Social Media• Podcast Ep 99

Lessons Learned on Our Journey to Simplify

My Biggest Fear for This Generation of Homeschoolers

Kids & Clutter

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Homeschooling- The Early Years • Ep 86

The ONE Question You Need to Ask Yourself That Will Change Everything • Podcast Ep 87

An Unlikely Homeschooler

Ten Things I Want You to Know About Homeschooling • Ep 68

Simple Homeschool: Weed Out the Distractions and Focus on What is Important • Podcast Ep. 62

Our “No First Day” Back to School Transition and Our Homeschool Orientation

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Homeschool encouragement mini-ebook with devotionals, journaling pages, and scripture cards they can print and put in their Bible or hang in their school area. Visit homeschool-101.com/welcomehome.

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My Biggest Fear for This Generation of Homeschoolers

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Years ago, homeschoolers didn’t have choices in curriculum, they didn’t have co-ops or conventions, and it may have been illegal to school your children at home. Yet, I almost envy those moms. Why is that? Today I am discussing my biggest fear for new homeschoolers and the homeschoolers of this generation.  

Missed last week’s episode? Listen here—>What I Learned From Purging Clutter•Podcast 96

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An Unlikely Homeschooler (my story)

Simple Homeschool: Weed Out the Distractions and Focus on What is Important • Podcast Ep. 62

Real Homeschool: Letting Go of the Pinterest-Perfect and Instagram-Ideal Homeschool

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Almost 13 Years of Homeschooling: What Are You Doing With Your Life?

I have so many thoughts and emotions as we approach the senior year for my oldest daughter. For anyone who doesn’t know, God called us to homeschool her when she was a four-year-old about to leave preschool and enter kindergarten. It has been quite a journey, with a very rocky start, and a miraculous near ending! (find out more here and here)

But as I look forward, I can’t help but think about how we were going against the grain 13 years ago, and here we are maybe going against the grain again…

The late years of high school bring about the constant questions about college and future plans. The age-old question, “What will you do with your life??” and, “Where will you go to school?” 

Well, I think about it more like this:

What are you doing with your life?

It isn’t like this is some huge stop and start point. Just like we have been on these past 17 years since my daughter was born, we will continue to point her to Jesus in each moment and say, “What is God calling you to do today…” So yes, the circumstances will change, the school will now be out of the home, the life path will turn, but life is a journey and this is another step in that journey…

We have a different perspective than many these days. Rather than pushing her to strive to climb a “successful” ladder in the world’s eyes, our main goal is that she uses the desires God has given her for His purposes.

Because we are ultimately here to glorify God with our lives. 

So I tell her to pray. Let the Lord continue to guide her just as He has these past 13 years of homeschooling, and we can trust His plans. We have seen firsthand His miraculous work in our lives and I am confident in Him and where He will lead her. His plans are always good.

They may look different from the world’s view of success. They may not include a high-cost education at an Ivy-league college for a high paying job out of school. And that is OK.

Because at the center of those plans is God.

I know my daughter has huge desires in her heart and I know the One who planted them there. He didn’t give her gifts, abilities, and desires to keep for herself, but to use them for good. And ultimately for Him.

So we look to the future and ask, “What will you do with what God has given you?”

We have been an “out of the box” family for many years- homeschooling, running our own businesses, and hobby-farming for ministry. We will continue to use our life for a purpose and for God. We were created for Him and will be used by Him.

And that is the goal of education for my children. That they will know Him, make Him known, and most of all glorify Him in whatever He calls them to do and wherever He calls them to do it. Ivy-league school, community school, or wherever it is…as long as it is His will and she uses the gifts He has given her for a purpose.

Life is short. Too short to be wasted chasing the wind. We want to chase Him. Wherever He leads.

So I look to my daughter and pray she continues to chase Him…and that is what she will do with her life.

 

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