Kid's at Stone's River

The Blessing of Homeschooling Part 2

This is the second of a two part series. You can read part 1 here

Sometimes when I look back at the five years I spent as a homeschooler I am ashamed. I am ashamed of my horrible attitude and the stress and anger that were present due to that attitude. There were multiple times that I did whatever I could to get out of doing anything productive during the day. I was hoping (and thinking) that if I made life miserable for everyone Mom and Dad would cave and send me back.

Kids standing with the godess Athena
This is from our trip to the Parthenon in Nashville, TN. We’re standing in front of the godess Athena.

But then I remember the good that came out of those five years. The deep Bible study that we were able to do on a daily basis. The field trips that we took where we were able to immerse ourselves in the history and have the place to ourselves for the day because the other kids were in school, declaring our birthdays as school holidays and my favorite was listening to the Little House series on audio book and camping out in the living room just becasue we could.

Kid's at Stone's River
In the rocks at Stone’s River Battlefield in Murfreeseboro, TN. We almost got a free tour because no one else was there at the time…

Almost 7 years after they told me I wouldn’t be attending public school I am IMMENSELY thankful that Mom and Dad stuck to their convictions and remained dedicated to God’s leading and their children’s education. There is so much that I was blessed to be able to do simply because I was homeschooled. I’ve learned that there more good memories of homeschooling than there were bad.

Kids pretending to ride in wagon
Pretending to ride in a wagon at Stone’s River Battlefield, Murfreeseboro, TN…

I can choose to look at the negative attitude that I had those five years and the consequences that came because of it or I can learn the lessons and improve upon the future. God has continued to work the truth of Romans 8:28 into my life. The lessons that I learned from my time as a homeschooler continue to impact my life daily. He has really taken that time of challenge and turned it into something great as only He can do!

Kids cutting tape
A “Ribbon Cutting” ceremony to start the new school year…

“Brothers and sisters, I know that I still have a long way to go. But there is one thing I do: I forget what is in the past and try as hard as I can to reach the goal before me. I keep running hard toward the finish line to get the prize that is mine because God has called me through Christ Jesus to life up there in Heaven.”
~Philppians 3:13-14

Until next time,

Bailey Sue