The Blessing of Homeschooling Part 1

Downtown Cincinnati

Sunday we got back from our last convention of 2017. This particular convention is one of the largest homeschool conventions in the country. Our family has had the blessing of attending the last seven years.

I still remember our first year. The convention happened to fall on the Spring Break of my seventh grade year. There were thousands of people in attendance and the vast majority of those people were homeschoolers. I remember walking around being mad at Mom and Dad because I had a pretty good idea that I would become one of those homeschoolers. To be honest at that point in my life I wasn’t really sure what homeschooling was. I didn’t know how much it would change my life until later.

I was told not to tell anyone what I really did for Spring Break that year because Mom and Dad were only considering homeschooling at that point and they didn’t want me telling anyone in case it didn’t work out. Little did I know that a few short months later Mom and Dad would sit us down and tell us that we wouldn’t be attending public school that Fall. That was June 2010. I had no idea the difference homeschooling would make in my life both Spiritually and professionally. All I could see at the time was that Mom and Dad were totally ruining my non-existent social life and any chance I had of marrying my high school sweetheart (who was non-existent at the time…)

About 5 1/2 months after that announcement I would commit my life to Jesus Christ in baptism. I didn’t understand what God was beginning in my life then and how much my life would change as a result of my new relationship with God and my parents’ conviction to homeschool. Even seven years later, I don’t understand all that God is doing in my life. But I’m learning each and every day. Learning that the way Jesus sees me is so vastly different from how the world sees me. I’m learning just how much he loves me and that He is exactly who He says He is.

Being homeschooled those five years brought me a sense of freedom and joy. That’s why I started this blog. I want to share with you the lessons that I have learned and hope to continue learning about the great and loving God that we serve.

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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