Saturday, August 13, 2011

The Huge-ish Life Decision

The last week of July there was a lot to do. Casey was preaching at a camp at HBU. I was trying to catch up on chores and such since we had been away at camp for several weeks. I had get us ready for New York, try to visit the Hubs a little bit in Houston, see some friends that I'd been missing, AND see a friend and her new baby boy in the hospital.

Well, in the midst if all of this, Casey and I were having some serious conversations about Braelyn's school. We really loved the school she was at last year and had enrolled her for her Kindergarten year. But we started to question our decision, mostly due to finances. See, there are a few really important things that we are trying to save for. A house being one of them. And we just got to thinking that we couldn't save the money we want to save AND send Braelyn to this school. We went around and around, weighing our options (not arguing, just thinking things through ;). Thursday afternoon (this was July 28th), Casey was at HBU and I was driving back from seeing my friend at the hospital. I called Casey and the school conversation came up. With tuition being due on Monday, and leaving for New York on Monday...we had to make a decision. When we hung life was on a whole new path. The homeschool path.

Now, if God doesn't have a sense of humor, I don't know who does. It just so happened that the very next day a two-day homeschool conference was being held in The Woodlands. So I made a few phone calls (to prepare myself for the onslaught of information that was sure to assalt me upon my arrival, of course), I made a strict vow not to cry, and I went to bed early.

Friday I had spent a long time in the Classical Conversations booth. I had been familiar with the classical education approach for a while and it appealed to me very much, but I did worry that maybe I liked it more for myself as the teacher than I did for Braelyn as the student. But, I went to several sessions about CC and went home that night and did a little research. I went to the CC website to look for the groups in my area (the CC group meets once a week, plus field trips and such) and my eyeballs nearly fell out of my face because leading one of the groups was my good friend Melanie B. I clicked her name and began typing away an email explaining our crazy situation. Being the sweetheart that she is, she met me at the conference the next day and we talked for several hours about the program and homeschool in general.

In a nutshell, I went Friday morning with virtually no idea what I was going to do as far as philosophy, curriculum, HS group, nothing. And by Saturday afternoon I had a plan, a curriculum, a group and a certainty that the Lord had orchestrated it all.

So...there it is. In a matter of about 3 days we became a homeschool family.

I got a loose outline of my HS plan on Saturday and then put the whole issue (and all of our other life issues, quite frankly) on a shelf in my brain.
Went to church on Sunday.
Packed suitcases.
And left for New York on Monday morning.
I have never in my life been so ready for a vacation. EVER.


Jenny said...

Sounds great...we are right now considering the same...Blessings to you all!

Erica said...

You are not homeschooling! How did I not know this?! You are going to be so great, and I know it will be a wonderful experience for you AND Braelyn. Maybe you can bring her on a field trip to College Station sometime soon. ;)

Traci said...

What a great decision! Sounds like you have it all planned out. Even if things get a little bumpy, it evens out, you are her first and best teacher! I am excited for your whole family. Be careful, you may be rolling in cash one day and still want to teach her at home. It can be such a blessing. Yay for Braelyn! I can say these things with almost two years of deliberate hs teaching under my belt now. We love Classical too and blend with other approaches as well.

Amy said...

Send me some info you liked, Steph! I could use advice from anyone. :) My boys are so so so wild but I've read a few books on classical ed and that mixed with crazy outdoor time really appeals to me. :)

Good luck.

Anna Marie Sheffield said...

I homeschooled my two boys back in the 80's. We were pioneers, and I have never regretted it. If you can join forces with other homeshoolers for certain activies, your kids will get the fellowship. We partnered with others for things like art, drama and sports. You are in for a great adventure! Blessings!

Caryn said...

Wow! How exciting! I plan to home school my girls as well! Carysse starts Kindergarten in the fall.