January 27, 2006

One for Dy and Jess

Yesterday afternoon, I was cleaning up the kitchen when my telephone rang. It was none other then Jess! She said, "Laney? It's Jess. Ummm, how did you take John out of school so quickly?" I about died laughing!!! Little nosey parker that she is didn't even inquire as to my well being! :-) Jess is hysterical! Call her and get her to tell you the things that she doesn't blog about!!

I told her that I was going to blog about it because Dy e-mailed me with the same question! Jess and I joked that we really don't have very interesting lives and need to live vicariously through our blogging buddies.

Two weeks ago we went down to North Carolina. We were very fortunate that it was on MLK's birthday because John had the day off from school. We were planning on coming back on Tuesday and figured that it would be fine if he missed one day of school. We got back pretty late on Tuesday and John is a serious night owl, so he didn't sleep in the truck on the way home.

Kevin and I began discussing our options and we came to the conclusion that we were going to be homeschooling them both in North Carolina anyway, so why not start now and get into regular routine before our cross country move completely blows it out of the water. It seemed like a good idea and that's what we did.

I called the principal of the school and told him of our plans and he threw a second option out to me. He said that the end of the marking period is today and if we wanted, we could send John through today and then he would have a formal record of his time in third grade.

I considered this but decided that he was going to have to complete a lot of make-up work for the school and if I was going to have him do make-up work, I might as well have him do the work I have for him. I would rather use my own curriculum and jump back into The Well Trained Mind mode. So I called the principal, again, told him of our plans and he told me that was fine.

I have been very blessed to have had the boys there. The school is a wonderful, safe harbor for the children that attend it. The teachers love the children and the principal is a Godly man who makes wise decisions concerning the children. They are receiving a solid foundation and a good education.


The thing is, I truly, in my heart of hearts, know that homeschooling is the best choice for my children. It's what I want for them and anything else seems mediocre. That's hard for me to say because I love my church family and the people at the school are my church family and it sounds like I am being critical. That's not my intention. I just can't continue to walk a path that doesn't feel right and school, in the formal, go to a building sense, doesn't feel right.

So that's it in a nut shell. No voices from the clouds or epiphanies, just a feeling in my heart. A feeling put there by God to confirm what I know He has called me to do.

Look to the finish!


RANDI said...

Sometimes, like you said, you just KNOW what you are supposed to do. I feel the same about homeschooling. It is not always the easiest thing to do, but what is? I think that whatever we choose we would run into obstacles and frustrations.

Have a nice weekend, Laney!

RANDI said...

I guess I should have added that "peace comes when we are centered in God's will" and knowing that helps us to persevere!

Needleroozer said...

I am glad you explained. I was wondering, too!
Congratulations on your new home, and having all the boys home!

Jersey Girl said...

I have a ticker, too. It counts down the days 'til the boys come to Ft. Lauderdale.

CMB said...

Good for you. As Jiminy says, "let your concious be your guide". The boys are going to FL - lucky boys!

Hillary said...

Okay, see, I'm glad to know I wasn't the only one who was wondering! :)

Jess said...

Hey it was a "why" not a "how"... And I never ask about anyones well being, I'm usually calling on a mission man...LOL But of course I'm assuming you're fine...lol

Yes, it is fun to talk of things-we-cant-blog-about. ;-)

I'm glad you guys are at peace with your decision and begin your new adventure soon. :-)

Jersey Girl said...

Please tell John to check his blog. I left a birthday comment there for him.

melissa in VA said...

BRAVO Laney! You really articulated your thoughts so well here. Sounds like things are settling into their proper places around your family. I'll bet that feels pretty good, doesn't it?

And do tell.....what does Jass not blog about? ;-)

Dy said...

*cheesy grin* Thank you!

I can rest now. :-) But, I want a phone call, too! (Why didn't I think of that? Sheesh. *smacking myself in the forehead*)

I'm thrilled that y'all are back on the same page. It's a good place to be.


Jules said...

I love how you put it- that school in a "go to a building" sense just doesn't feel right and that's all you need to know you are doing the right thing. No "voices from the clouds or epiphanies". That's good stuff and inspirational to those of us who are struggling with the decision.

I am glad things feel right in your world! ;)

Christie said...

I don't know you, but from what I have read, I know you will be wonderful with homeschooling and with God's grace all will be well.

I love the excitement you have for your children and they will flourish having a Mommy with so much enthusiasm and love.

Lynette said...

Knowing you're doing right for you and your family is all that matters. Way to go!

mindy said...

Welcome back! It is almost as though you never left! :-) I'm so glad you have peace in your decision.

momyblogR said...

You are a wise woman to follow your heart, knowing that the Lord has placed that calling there.

Your boys have the best! That includes your Hubby, know what I mean, lol!!

I'm looking!