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Monday, April 30, 2012

Monday List and Reflections on Homeschooling

I have a Monday list a mile long. Change oil in car, bank, .... you get the routine. I am sitting here though enjoying a most wonderful cup of coffee from my Keurig. It came Friday and we have been having the best time with it. I will show you tomorrow. Love it!!

Saturday my second daughter is officially graduating from high school. We are having a big party. She has been home schooled her entire life. Not one day in regular school but many days being taught by other wonderful folks and the last two years she has been taking her classes at the local Junior College under a dual enrollment program. She has been a delight her entire life. I love her more than she will ever know. She has always been the sunshine in our home. Big wide smile and sweet disposition. Sharp witted though. She could zing you with a funny comment since she was three. She taught herself to read at four and has always kept wonderful grades and is as organized a kid as you can get. If it wouldn't embarrass her, I would show you her drawers. Perfect. I used to pay her to organize mine. She has the kind of brain I wish I had been born with.

Being able to home school her has been my pleasure and is a wonderful way to really get to know your kid. Nothing like figuring out a math lesson to bring a family together (NOT). You really get a chance to know your kids when you are together so many hours a day. Now some may not like that, but I loved it. My little chicks all around me. I am so used to them being here, I am off balance when most of them are gone. The quiet disturbs me. But I am slowly getting used to them all here less and less. Next year, my third will attend public high school which will be a huge change for us. It is what she wants and she is a great kid so I am letting her flap her wings and move on to another chapter in our home. 17 years of homeschooling behind me. It is a big job when you commit to it, but the rewards are priceless and I am so thankful that I had the honor to teach them, a husband who supported and stood by me and the chance to spend my lunch hour with them all these years. Thanks girls for taking the road with me that everyone thought I was crazy to start all those years ago. We survived and you thrived. Can't ask for anything more than that.

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Alison said...

Thank you so much for sharing and congratulations to your daughter!

I have always planned on homeschooling my daughter. It makes me so excited to hear about your journey with your daughter.

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Congrats to your daughter on this milestone. I admire your dedication to homeschooling. I had trouble just "helping" my kids with homework and cannot imagine homeschooling them. Your daughter is beautiful! I can't wait to hear how you like your Keurig. My husband bought me one for Christmas and I LOVE IT!!

Kris said...

Congratulations to you both!

Melanie said...

What a wonderful post. I really admire those moms (and dads!) who homeschool their kids. Such a tough, but rewarding job! Your daughter is beautiful...and obviously she is inside, too. :-)

Diana said...

Congrats to you and your daughter!

My #3 daughter is also graduating from homeschooling her entire "school" life and going to the other side of the state (and TN is a lo-o-ong state!) for college, leaving us only our #4 little chick here at home. 18 years of homeschooling done, and 4 more years (theoretically) left to go. But these last 4 will be a whole lot different from the first 4 when I had 3 or 4 children aged 8 to infant!

Lois' Laughlines said...

Thanks for sharing your story. It so hard to let them grow up spread their wings. You have done a great job, they will fly back home. You now have new flock of baby chicks to raise, your job is not done.
blessings to you.

It's All Connected said...

Did you home school while you were working full time? Yikes! Beautiful girl! ~ Maureen

Ginger Zuck said...

Congratulations on the graduation for your daughter. She is very beautiful, looks just like you:D So many people are homeschooling more and more everyday. So glad you and your daughter had a great journey together. Awesome! Are you doing the same with Q?

Kathleen Grace said...

Congratulations to both of you! I homeschooled my girls for 5 years and loved the close relationship it fostered. Looking back you realize what a short and precious time you have with your children!

Our Country Bungalow said...

I loved your post! And it sounds like you have plenty to be proud of with that graduate of yours.

I have homeschooled, my goodness, for going on 20 years now. Only 2 left; both teens. It seems so quiet now! I love the relationships we've built with our kids and what is really rewarding for me is the closeness they all have with each other.

Keep up the good work!

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

It is certainly a wonderful feeling of accomplishment-- when your children become adults and move onto higher learning or living a life that is fulfilling to them! Elaine, I had no idea that you home schooled. Maybe I did and forgot that about you. I know you worked for many years, so I just assumed your kiddos went away to public school.
That is one more thing you and I have in common.
All of my children were home schooled all their lives-- my youngest is now in College studying to become a nurse...They are all successful at what they do! Like you I enjoyed having them with me-- and I still enjoy having their children here (close to your little girl's age)

Makes life interesting...having kids around!

Congrats on your daughter's graduation--and on letting the other decide to go to school.


Sweet Tea said...

Your dd is beautiful. Congrat's to her on her graduation!!
I am homeschooling our youngest dd. She will graduate next year. We came to hs'ing late, but are so pleased to have hs'ed her for 10th, 11th, and 12th gr. Love the homeschooling community.

Ms. Redo said...

I didn't know you homeschooled, so do I!!! My daughter is going into 10th grade next fall, and I've finally signed her up for some classes outside our home (first being Biology, I so want her to enjoy the labs - we're really into guts and stuff :) Congratulations to all of you for a job well done. Hugs ~ Mary

NanaDiana said...

She is beautiful. You can tell she is a sweet, good girl just by looking at her sweet face. You did good, Mom, very, very good!

It is hard to let them go, isn't it? xo Diana

Mica said...

I agree she is beautiful. And our stories are so much the same and our home schooled kids graduating at the same time. I wish we could have met a long time ago. Our kids would make a cute couple. 9 Did I just say that?)Congratulations on all your wonderful hard work and loving parenting...And to the sweet graduate who is surely a wonderful daughter and student who is a blessing to her family. What a great accomplishment! Congrats!!!! Have a wonderful grad party and ceremony. Share the pics. if ya can. Hugs, Mica

Shug said...

Big congratulations to your daughter and to your family...It takes a whole family to take on a long term task such as this...What a Blessing!

Cindy said...

Congrats to your daughter! You must be so proud of her. I homeschooled our boys and I'm so glad we did. We are a closer family for doing it, I'm sure.

Olive Cooper said...

Congrats to the both of you. To all of you. I know many home schooling families and realize the time and commitment it takes. hugs, olive

Barb said...

Hi Elaine,
Congrats to you and your daughter. Graduating high school is a milestone. I admire Mums who home school.....I found it hard to help my kids with homework. My sister homeschooled her boys.
God Bless
Barb from Australia

Cindy said...

I applaud you!!!!! Elaine, I have heard many great home schooling stories and how wonderful that you could do it. It takes a special mom to make it happen, you are obviously that special mom!
I can imagine that you have a very close family, that seems to happen when children are home schooled.
Congratulations to your beautiful, wonderful and obviously intelligent daughter on graduating!
Hugs, Cindy

ImSoVintage said...

Congratulations to your beautiful daughter and to you for being such a wondeful mom. I home schooled my youngest daughter and she went on to graduate magna cum laude from college. My oldest daughter has home schooled hers. I love the closeness it brings to your children.

Kerin said...

Huge accomplishment!!

See.. I told ya that I was impressed with your dedication and love for your family.

Just another example :)

Val said...

Congrats to your daughter and entire family!!!!

Steph. :) said...

She is so pretty. PLEASE tell me...how did you homeschool all that time when you were working???

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Congrats to the graduate! Your May sounds as busy as mine!

Your girls are also beautiful, Elaine.