Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Homeschool Memoirs First Assignment

Homeschooling Blog Awards is doing something similiar to Blogger Friend School. I thought I would give it a try.  This week's theme is All About Me.  The author behind the words. The Momma behind all the homeschooling kiddos. How long you’ve been homeschooling and why you decided to homeschool.  So, here it goes...

When Samantha and Riley were born, I was the Owner/DIrector of a child care center.  I had dealt enough with the local school that Samantha and Riley were to attend, I had dealt with the kids that had gone to those schools, and I had dealt with the parents of those kids, so I knew kinda what was in store for me.  I started researching the options and we decided that homeschooling was the way to go.  There were several reasons affecting that decision, most of them being the same reasons everyone else chooses this route - we didn't want the school calendar to dictate our life, we wanted our children to be able to pray, we didn't want them exposed to drugs and all of the other loverly things that come with public school - that we have noticed they are being exposed to eariler and earlier.

While these are all good reasons, we had a couple of personal reasons as well.  One of them ties into the school scheduling our lives. Roger works very weird hours and if the kiddos were in school each day, they would never see him.  I do mean never.  The time they would get to spend with their dad would be about 5 hours a week - if that.  With them being home, they do get to see him and spend time with him.  Another reason is because of my Lupus.  Lupus is stress induced and the thought of waking two children, feeding them, getting them dressed, collected and out the house at a certain time (especially on days like today when it is POURING outside) followed by being thrown off in the middle of the day to go get them, fight over homework, activities, dinner, baths and bedtimes - all of that is enough to send me into a flare!  Also, you know all those cooties that children bring home - the sniffles and sneezies - that usually don't amount to very much to most people.  With the medication I am on, those silly little sniffles could mean big troubles for me. 

I quit the child care center when the kiddos were 3 1/2 and have been home with them ever since.  We started with preschool and have completed K, 1st and 2nd.  Our 3rd grade year is well underway and we are having a blast.  I am one that never says never, but I don't have any plans to grace the public school door with my presence anytime soon!


  1. I'm not familair with Lupus but I do have severe migraines that completely incapitate me until they pass. I completely agree with you that homeschooling is less stress and as such the decision is actually better one's health if they have a chronic stress-related health problem.

    I look forward to getting to know you better over the year and to reading more of your blog. I really love the graphics that you use!

    Jenny @ Little Acorns

  2. So good to meet you - we made a similar decision to yourselves with our son. He was at school for several years but, was being exposed to very unsavoury activities.

    I know what you mean about Lupus - I have a terminal cancer and have to be careful as far as catching infections!

    God bless ~Chrissy

  3. Very nice to meet you! I hope your school year continues to be a blast!


  4. Great job on your first assignment!! Homeschooling has always worked great for our schedules too. Although it was easy when we first started, we were able to adjust our schedule for my hubbys' job situations and for alot of travelling.

    Adena @

  5. My hubby isn't gone as much as yours, but his hours are so flexible that I love having the freedom to have the boys spend time with him when h spends the day at home.

    I'm sorry to hear about the Lupus. I know that the flare ups can be so difficult. You have a lot on your plate...

    Looking forward to getting to know you mor.

  6. It's nice to meet youl. Thanks for sharing about your peeps. ; )



  7. smallworld.blogspot.comAugust 20, 2008 at 3:53 PM

    I love your "why" you homeschool. It's funny--people think it's so stressful to homeschool, but the reality is that the thought of getting kids up, dressed, to school, etc. is so much MORE stressful for many of us than homeschooling!

  8. I enjoyed reading your blog and can completely understand your thoughts on why y'all chose to homeschool. I look forward to reading more of your posts in the year to come!

    Meredith (MamaDuke)

  9. I love the flexibility of homeschooling! My assignment is here:

  10. Oh, boy, yes! Flexibility in scheduling is a huge plus for homeschooling. I couldn't imagine how hectic my life would be if I had to get my littles out the door at a certain time every day. Tires me out just to think of it. I did it for a week when vacation Bible school was offered through church and thought I was going to die from exhaustion by the end of the week.

    See you around in "class."

    Many Blessings,


  11. I really admire parents who see the importance of the father being able to be with their children. Homeschooling certainly helps keep the family in focus.

  12. Dana @ Cherry SoupAugust 21, 2008 at 4:42 AM

    I love your conviction to stay home with your babies! And I know about being a public servant's wife - my hubby's a police officer. I used to be a dispatcher too! Thanks for sharing.

    Here's my link:

  13. Nice to meet you! My husband works swing shift and is in the National Guard so we would have the same issues if our children were in traditional school. Have a blessed day!

  14. Great to meet you! I loved reading about how you came to homeschool. I have been to your blog several times from the link on the homeschool lounge. I love the way you have it set up.

    Have a great day!


  15. It was interesting to read about you and to meet you! Glad you're joining us in the HM!

    Blessings in your 3rd year of homeschooling!

  16. I enjoyed reading your post. I too worked in some Day Care centers. I taught Pre-K Abeka to 2yr olds in a church setting (quite interesting), and saw some goings on in other Day Cares. I am glad to be home with my boys.

    I pray you have a Great year.


  17. I too worked in a daycare before having children and somethings I saw made me cringe. I loved reading about you if you wish you can read about us.

  18. Hello,

    nice to meet you. I left it out of my post for this meme, but scheduling was also an issue for us. My dd is bipolar and used to sleepwalk 7-8 times a night.. it was terrible trying to get her to school- she just never adjusted to the schedule even after 4 years...

    I'm excited that I get to meet so many new people on here!

  19. I don't have a physical condtion such as yours (Lupus) but all that you mentioned sends me up in a flare, too, just the thought of it! I love constructing how our time is spent - vacations, days off, bedtimes, etc... And your right - there is so much more time for dad and children time.


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