My husband and I married young, at the tender ages of 21 and 19, respectively. After five years of marriage, we decided it was the right time to start our family. Like most couples without children, we were the perfect parents. We had all the answers! How we would educate our children was just one of our fields of expertise. Unlike our "weirdo" friends, who kept talking about this thing called home school, we were going to send our kids to public school. After all, we both went to public school and turned out just fine, right?
Then one glorious day in July 1999 our firstborn entered our lives and hearts, and everything changed. As I sat holding this precious gift from the Lord, all of my certainties began to melt away. It didn't take more than a few weeks to figure out I didn't have a clue what I was doing! The magnitude of being a parent, one responsible for the life and well being of her child's body and soul, was wonderfully overwhelming. Well before my son reached his first birthday, I began praying about (among other things) what we should do for his school years.
So my husband I continued to pray, and our son continued to grow. Not long before his fifth birthday, I remember fleeting thoughts of the idea of homeschooling crossing my mind. I didn't know much about it other than I had a few friends that were doing it. What I didn't realize at the time was the Lord had planted the seed of homeschooling in my heart, and it was just beginning to take root. In January of that year I attended an open house for a local charter school. It was an impressive school and I liked it very much, but I didn't have that nudging, that prompting of the Holy Spirit, that He was leading me that way. With seemingly no options left, I began to investigate the idea of homeschooling. It seemed the more I learned, the more I was nudged. Not only had that seed taken root, it was starting to sprout!
At some point in time I heard a broadcast from Focus on the Family. I cannot tell you what the particular broadcast covered but I heard a plug for a book they were offering about homeschooling. A few days later I went to their website and ordered a book called, "So You're Thinking About Homeschooling," by Lisa Whelchel. Yes, I was "thinking" about it, so it seemed like a good place to start. In her book, Lisa shares the stories of fifteen different homeschooling families. After finishing the book, I found myself thinking, "well... if they can do it, than so can I!" A month later my husband and I attend our very first homeschool conference, and we walked away totally overwhelmed, amazed, and confident that it was the path the Lord was leading us down. That tiny seed, planted by the Lord and watered with fervent prayer, had bloomed in full! And as they say, the rest is history.
How or why did you decide to homeschool? Did the Lord use specific events, people, or things to lead you to that decision? I'd love to hear your story below!