If you’ve known me or read Corn for any amount of time…you probably know, that I homeschooled my children all their lives.
I must tell you—it was a joy for me to be able to do that. It was also a challenge.
I dropped out of high-school to run away and get married. I was not a poor student. Academically, I did pretty well. I was however a poor student when it came to CONFORMING. Big Shock, right?! I was NOT a joiner. I was a little bit on the stubborn side and a whole lot REBELLIOUS. (hence, the run away to get married bit)! I walked to a different beat; and NO. I was not in the band. ;)
I remember learning to read ,on the couch,with my mom. I’d bring my weekly reader home in the manila envelope; and my mom would check off each days assignment, as I read it aloud to her. Later, after supper we’d read some classic piece of literature, Black Beauty, Heidi, or Gulliver’s Travels. Much more interesting than that weekly reader.
One of my fondest and most vivid memories about books, were of my brother and myself…sitting in the hallway of our little tract house, in front of a small “free with purchase” bookshelf of encyclopedias…perusing the pages all day while the rain poured down outside. We did this lots of times and for many years.
The Book of Knowledge Encyclopedia set was to us… the GOOGLE of our time!
Years later- I would classify myself as a Home-Schooled Public School Kid. (my own label for myself)
Much of the challenge to home-school our children came from the fact that were a single-income family. Staying home with my children was important to both my husband and myself. A lot of the frugal tips and ideas I’ve implemented in my home and have often times shared here, come from having one income.Though at times it was a challenge, I consider ourselves blessed to be able to do this. It was all worth it to me.
Being a home-school mom gave me the incentive and push to go back and get my G.E.D.
I will tell you a story—within this story--
There was a day about, oh I don’t know… 15 years ago, maybe?
I was driving to town. My youngest daughter, sitting in the backseat of our mini-van. We are on a Farm-to-Market road.
At some point in our journey, we catch up to a school bus.
It’s making it’s rounds, I think, dropping children off at their homes.
My daughter, who is then about 8 1/2 or 9 years old says to me – very matter of factly,
“When I grow up, I’m going to college.”
I've never pushed college—that is another post for another day.
So, I say to her, “Really? Why do you want to go to college?”
Thinking she is going to tell me she wants to be a Doctor or something.
To which she replies, “So I can ride the bus!”
She graduated from the Nursing Program Thursday, Phi-Theta-Kappa--
She has 2 little boys, a husband and is a great housekeeper; she cooks, cleans, is crafty …she has so much going for her…and she graduated college!
I have never forgotten that ride in the van and her telling me she was going to go to college.
~Class of 2013~
We are so proud of her!
Who knows, she is such an encouragement to me. One day I might! Lord willing.
But… what would I BE, when I grow up?
Til next time, Be Blessed!
Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, [and] being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. ~ Philippians 2: 5-8