Sunday, September 21, 2008

Homeschooling Solo

Hi Everyone... Welcome to my blog - thanks so much for stopping by. "Homeschooling Solo" is just what it sounds like - I am a homeschooling mom who has been a single parent for most of my adult life. I have raised two children alone - my son just turned 20 and my daughter is almost 8. I homeschooled my son for 8 years and he graduated at 16. During that time I remarried (and redivorced!) and had my little girl. Although we've been homeschooling since birth, this is the first year we've had to be "legal" (we live in Alabama) so I am getting back into the homeschool community after being "on vacay" for a few years. I am finding that things have really changed, and that things have really stayed the same! I will delve into that more later. What I have discovered more than anything is that I really missed this community and that I am more dedicated to homeschooling than ever before! I am determined to homeschool my daughter for as long as possible. We love it, and as I tell people fairly often, homeschooling is not just something we do. It is part of who we are. And I wouldn't change that for anything.

My son is in college now, and hates it. After homeschooling for 8 years, opening and running several small businesses, being self-taught in some very challenging areas, and working/apprenticing as a radio engineer, he is bored out of his mind at community college. He feels he is wasting his time. And he really is since he could teach many of the classes he is having to take! Although I know from personal experience that a college degree does not automatically equal a job, I do know that many doors are closed without one these days. I hope he will stay with it and get his degree, but he may choose to do other things and since he is officially a "grown-up" now, I have to let him make those mistakes... er, decisions. :-) I just want him to grow and mature in his faith, his relationship with God, and as a man. He will be providing for a family someday, and I want him to be well-prepared.

I dedicate this first post to my two wonderful (most days :-) children, without whom my life would not seem worth living. I love you much, and I thank God every day that I am lucky enough to have you in my life!!