I came to this with nothing to offer except the commitment to raise my children in the ways of the Lord.
Michael Farris coined the term “transitional” to describe those of us who have transitioned from our own personal public school upbringing into this world of homeschooling.
Anything that is “transitional” typically has kinks that need to be worked out. I am forever grateful to the truly transitional generation of homeschoolers from the 80’s & 90’s who worked out the legal kinks for my generation (although, we must never stop fighting for these rights!) Because of this, the kinks that my generation of first generation homeschool moms must work out aren’t legal, but mental.
You see, I don’t have to hide my kids under beds or worry that what I am doing is illegal.
I have to worry that my public school upbringing will undermine my homeschooling.
That fact alone is why I started Raising Arrows.
I needed a daily pep talk and I was fairly certain I wasn’t alone. I needed to know that I wasn’t doing it wrong if I didn’t do it like the public school. I needed to know I was being faithful. I needed to be reminded that what God called me to He would equip me for.
I don’t have all the answers. I am a work in progress. I have moments where I don’t have a clue what the next step is. And sometimes it hurts. My heart aches for all the missed opportunities, the lessons I couldn’t fit in, the times I chose school-at-home over living a lifestyle of learning.
Growing pains indeed.
But, the beauty of growing pains is the fact that you are growing.
Becoming a homeschooling mother has brought me to a place where I am always growing. I am always learning. My God-given talents are constantly in use and my shortcomings are constantly being stretched.
So, keep going, mama! Keep learning! Keep growing! You are paving the way!