Dear Homeschooling Parent,
You have chosen the road less traveled. The unconventional path. The highway many don’t understand.
You have come to realize that homeschooling isn’t just a method of education, it’s a lifestyle.
When you chose to homeschool, many things had to shift in your family. Perhaps one, or both, parents had to leave a stable job. Perhaps, you needed to move. Perhaps, you needed to hire extra help. Perhaps, you had to spend extra time researching. Maybe, you needed to let go of previous beliefs about education.
You have found ways to make it work. You’ve learned the craft of frugality. You’ve learned to make friends with parents you never thought you’d like. You’ve learned to rely on others. You’ve mastered online study. You’ve learned to open your mind.
Your gut told you that you that this path was best for your family, and for your children. You followed that calling even though you lost sleep for months before you took the plunge.
You find yourself having to explain your choices to family and friends, and even to complete strangers. But, you’ve become an expert at it.
Now that you’re well on your way you find that the road is indeed a complex one.
You experience both the disappointments and the joys.
The hardships and the rest.
The defeat and the pride.
The loneliness and the comfort.
The concern and the answer.
The deepest lows and the very highest highs.
There are nights when you wonder if this will all be worth it in the end. You wonder if you are doing right by your children. You wonder if you can keep on with so much uncertainty.
Then, you remember that you are not alone.
If God sat across from you at the dining room table as you planned yet another lesson, He would say to keep going:
May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father,
who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope,
encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.
He would remind you:
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,
who comforts us in all our troubles,
so that we can comfort those in any trouble
with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.
And, He would conclude:
“For I know the plans that I have for you … to give you a future and a hope.”
Jeremiah 29: 11
I am writing you this love letter to remind you that you are loved, you are held, you are carried, and you are on this path because you are meant to be here at this time.
A fellow homeschooling parent