Although I've dealt with plenty of disappointments, I'm a blessed woman with a wonderful family. My husband Chris and I made the decision to teach our oldest at home and we've never looked back. Our five children have had the opportunity to pursue their interests, develop positive relationships with each other and even learn a few academics in the process. Homeschooling has been a blessing for our family. Sarah, our oldest, began taking dual enrollment courses at a local private liberal arts college in her sophomore year of (homeschool) high school and now she is actually a sophomore at the same college. She has excellent grades and actually decided recently, to the shock of us all, to major in mathematics. (It's a shock because that has been our absolute worse subject. I very much "teach" through lifestyle and honestly, the only two areas where I think we've really come up short have been math and driver's education.)
After our youngest was born, I struggled for over a decade with very serious health problems. It has only been in the past year or so that I feel like I've been able to live normally again. Of course when you nearly die, life never really goes back to "normal" unless you let it. I was so sick at one point that the doctors had my husband contact friends and family to come say goodbye. So rather than think of life now as "normal," I prefer to live every day as a GIFT.
Through writing and speaking, I enjoy encouraging parents to seek God's will in their homeschool choices. Families have different needs, varying talents and changing situations. Students have differing abilities, personalities and goals. I believe parents are the best decision makers for their children and should be supported as they prayerfully consider their educational and parenting choices. I love speaking at homeschool meetings and groups, where parents can grow more confident in their ability to make decisions that will positively affect their families.