There are a bajillion reasons.
But I'll share the biggest.
First, before getting all homeschooly on you, I need to be honest.
Up until this year, the idea of home-schooled kids freaked me out. I assumed (because I was not open-minded to it) that my kids would turn into total weirdos~ Be unsociable nerds who weren't good at sports and liked to bake bread instead of play outside. I don't know why I thought those things...but that is the truth. As I became more interested in it, however, my fears felt more and more silly. Amazingly (<---- sarcastic), the homeschoolers I know are some of the coolest, most awesome families around.
Shame on me.
And bottom line, we are already weird.
This is how the kids asked to do errands last week.
Pretty sure we can only get less weird from here.
Although homeschooling will require me/us to become more structured in some ways, I feel a freedom in it that I love. Some people are created with minds and personalities that crave structure, schedules, and order. I am the opposite; and that is okay. Sometimes I create havoc, chaos, and messes with my lack of structure and disregard for a neat and tidy existence. I found my phone in the pantry last week. I officially lost my desk under a pile of who-knows-what in the corner of the living room this month. And sometimes my beautiful girl wears a hunting hat, Jesus tee, and Gone with the Wind tote bag. While carrying around a (water) gun. And yeah, we leave the house like this. (I have enacted a rule that requires all "firearms" to be left inside the vehicle when we go into a store.)
But despite the downfalls of being a structure rebel, I have pretty well-rounded kids who enjoy adventure, spur-of-the-moment fun, and a little impulsiveness every once in a while. The freedom to create a year of education that is both fundamentally sound and out-of-the-box feels right at home with how God made me. A week on the road learning about America sounds kinda awesome. Carving the time to actually serve others instead of only memorizing verses about serving others~ suddenly they are living the Gospel instead of just learning about it. Creating a learning environment that works for our family, our dreams, and our future goals~that is the 'freedom' we are looking for. Even if it means we have to become more structured and scheduled to find it. That, to Phil and I, sounds like a good trade.
One year of teaching our kids (with a good curriculum) and using it to focus on where God is leading us. We can create space for missions. We can financially create space (we were paying for Christian education) to pursue adoption or foster care. We invite more family time into our day. And we can do it all in Blue Man suits and hunting hats. Who cares.
It is probably NOT for everyone. I do NOT expect everybody to understand or agree. I am not even sure we won't rethink things at the end of this year. Phil and I do feel like this is what God has for our family at least over the next 12 months, though. And so I am okay with wherever this takes us. Even if I cry my eyes out somedays. Or feel like I'm going mad. Or, holy cow, become more organized. Whatever the outcome, I know it is God's plan for this year. For us. And I expect it will be a huge learning experience for all four of us crazies.
Linking to Mel's Mamalogues.
And sending her and the little waving-from-the-armpit baby some huge love!!