So tell me why?

If you don’t know, around here we run a one room school house.  Yup, homeschoolers!  And to add to it, this is the second generation (mind blown).

Over the 12 years we have been on this journey, as parents/teachers, we have heard a lot of questions.  Honestly some of them have been the same ones I heard as a student, making them decades old 😉  We have also asked quite a few questions of ourselves.  Can you even imagine some of them?  “What about socializing?”  “Do you have credentials?”  “Where do you get the patience?” “What about science?” but not many people ask us “Why?”  To be honest, if it was asked that simply I would be somewhat put off 😉  But the basic premise of it is reasonable and when we have been asked this core question it brings us back to some very good questions we have asked ourselves.

What is at the root of our decision?  Why do we choose this as a lifestyle?  What is our goal?  Over the years, the answers to these have changed and developed.  You see, in the beginning, The Man wasn’t really sure about this whole idea.  He had many questions and concerns, so we started out with a simple plan to test it out on Champ for his kindergarten year.  After that, it has rolled along a little more easily from year to year.  There have been some years we re-evaluate each child and the options open to them, in the end we have kept them all home (so far).

Back to the question of why?  As an all encompassing answer, because we want to be the biggest influence on the lives of our children!  Now, don’t get me wrong, this one statement has many things that can be said about it, in addition to it, and totally separate from it (more posts someday, stay tuned), but it is really the heart of the matter.  God has called us (me and the man) to raise up these children, in this time and this is the way He has chosen for our family to carry it out, for now. Some days, I am so thankful and feel blessed beyond words!  Some days, I would like to run out and flag down our bus driver (who also happens to be my lovely neighbor) and beg her to take them on her route!

Not all our moments are perfect…PA-LEASE.  We have struggled with reading, hated algebra, yelled about missed assignments, and failed miserably at explaining some scientific concepts.  Despite me, Champ is looking into a career in the science field, and we couldn’t be more excited for the possibilities God has for him there and in the sports arena!  My Girl is an avid reader with a head for strategy and love of history…which may come in handy if she runs a dance studio one day!  Big Game has a real head for numbers and a heart of gold…no telling yet what he will use this for, but it’s going to be big!

The older our children get the more we see time speed up, and we are beyond thankful for getting the opportunity to spend so much of their “kid years” with them!

Stuff

Thanks for waiting around for me!  Really enjoyed the break from our “normal” around here!  The couple of weeks around the holidays was a wonderful treat and totally enjoyed by us all!!  Renewed now and back at it 🙂  you?  So on to regularly schedule posts, ha…

Stuff, it is on almost everyone’s list of resolutions…”get more organized”, “clean out the ___room”, “live more simply”, do you have one like this on your New Year’s list?  Well, I chose not to make a list this year.  I took the time we had as a break from our routine to really look at our surroundings and think about how they work (or not) for our lives!  We took out bags of broken and ripped pieces of things from the girl’s room, took a HUGH box of outgrown items to share.  My room yielded two bags of clothes that don’t fit my body or my style.  How did we end up this way?

Well, it seems it was a slow progression, perhaps it happens in time.  Thankfully we began to notice that the “stuff” wasn’t really making us enjoy, help, or enhance our lives any longer (did it every, really?).  So this New Year, instead of resolution I have gifted my family with space, freedom, and less yelling to “clean it up”!!

This wasn’t conscious.  You see, as the girl and I cleaned out her room to move the furniture, in hopes of accommodating a new lighting fixture she was given for Christmas, we stumbled onto something.  We both felt better!  More in control and even wonderful to share those things we had simply outgrown a use for.  For me, it kicked my butt and I became a mad woman!  The girl got a wonderful clean room and a sweet new set up, best yet, she is keeping it clean and organized 😉

As I was working through other areas of our home and also enjoying the down time, that is so precious around here, I kept disconnected and that too felt great (although, not part of this post…stay tuned)  Funny thing is, when I came back around to some social media catch up, I noticed a post...7-tips-to-simplify-your-life-in-2015…hmmm, must read.  So I wondered over there and boy was I loving what she was writing!  (i normally do, seriously check out other stuff while you are there!) So reading the links, still high from my cleanse, I have decided I can do more!

Going to try out a challenge from one of the posts…join me?  All of February (yes, i know i picked the shortest month, no dummy here!) I will get rid of one item from our house, EACH and EVERY day!  I will be posting it over on Instagram with the hastag #simplifyfeb.  Swing by and take a peek at what I release from our place, make suggestions, or join the challenge yourself!