If I had a nickel for every time someone questioned my parental status I would be a rich woman. In all fairness, it's probably not everyday people run into a woman who started having kids at 21-years-old and had them in rapid succession. Five kids in five years is my claim to fame! Ok, so I'm not famous, but we do garner a crowd with all these minions bopping about us. It gets even better when people finally realize how old they are and begin to question why they aren't in school. "We're homeschooled" my children chime as the strangers real, looking from me to them and them to me. Yup, we're that family.
When I was pregnant with our youngest child the Lord placed it on both mine and my husband's heart to homeschool. We sat in so many different schools, talking to admissions, sitting in classes, but nothing felt right. It was if we didn't belong there. I, initially, rejected the notion because HOLY MACKEREL I WAS PREGNANT WITH NUMBER FIVE AND THE ELDEST WAS BARELY 5! How could I feasibly homeschool with this many very small and very active children? Not to mention my extreme extrovertedness! I figured I was just pregnant and hearing God wrong.
Anyone else do that? Hear God so clearly and then immediately question what you've heard? I wish I could say this was my only time, but I really like emulating Moses.
As I was debating, arguing, and waking up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat because I still didn't know what we would be doing for school, I was randomly invited to an open house for a homeschool community. I lugged all the kids and myself there, thinking all the while, "I'll do this, feel the same discontentment, the same unease and we'll know that I'm just being a pain". As we all sat there, people coming up to us to chat, ask questions, help me with the baby, I realized that I felt an undeniable peace. We had found home.
I went home and immediately ordered curriculum, applied to our local Classical Conversations Community, and four years later, here we are; Homeschooling, running a homeschool ministry, encouraging moms in their homeschool journey, Tutoring for Classical Conversations, and a little bit of public speaking. Our cup over flows and I'm so glad He lead us to this path.