We did it! We successfully got one whole child through homeschooling. This is a monumental achievement for a homeschool mom. We wonder all along if this day will ever come. We hope and pray that we aren’t wrecking the kids by doing this ourselves. And that right there is the key…. I never felt like I was doing this by myself. It was me, and my terribly supportive husband, my co-op mamas, our support group, the state organization (Arizona Families for Home Education) and mostly God, who called us to this way of life and education 12 long years ago.
I have no regrets for choosing homeschooling. All the sacrifices and tears have been worth it…. every little bit. I do have a few regrets involving course choices and follow through, which we all encounter our first time. I have learned from my mistakes and have already made corrections for guinea pig #2 who just finished his first year of high school.
I liken the homeschool journey similarly to childbirth. The painful memories diminish as the joys grow each day. Truly my happy homeschool experiences outweigh the horrible ones 100 to 1, for which I am stupendously thankful. Our family is close and we love each other. We love being together. We love playing games together and they don’t end in yelling matches or wrestling fights. We even love vacationing together. Secretly, the kids even love learning together, but they try to keep this under raps.
The great news is that I am still looking forward to planning next year! I still love homeschooling. I love being with my kids. I love learning and teaching. However, it is with great relief in my ever-loving-heart that I have exactly 81 days of NOT homeschooling ahead of me. They will be busy days of summer movies, packing and planning for college for our graduate, swim parties, a 9-year-old birthday celebration, a marriage retreat, a relaxing vacation to the beach and then Tahoe, the homeschool convention and a visit to friends in Kansas and Colorado. I have waited for THIS DAY…. June 4, 2012 for a Loooooooong time. It arrived. I am beyond elated. :o)