Encouragement For Isolated Homeschoolers

Have you ever felt isolated as a homeschooling parent? Have your children, at times, felt the same? If so, then I have some encouragement for you.

Right now my family is experiencing an extreme case of isolation. We live in a foreign country where homeschooling is illegal to permanent residents. Because we are here on temporary military orders, our family is free to educate our children any way we desire. We can send them to the military schools on base, put them in the local (German) schools, or home educate. In our case, we chose to continue to homeschool.

In addition to none of our German neighbors being able to homeschool, the only pull we have is from a very small military homeschool group. This tiny group is constantly changing with families coming and going due to the needs of the military. So as you can imagine, this experience is very different than it was for us in America. It is during this move that I have found our family to be in extreme isolation when it comes to the ever-so-needed homeschool community. In addition to the lack of other homeschooling families, my husband left on deployment for a year shortly after we arrived. This was adding fuel to the fire and I knew that I needed God’s help to get off of this lonely path.

In my prayer and time reading the Bible, I found God speaking many things to encourage my troubled heart.

  1. I am not alone.… the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6
  2. It is important that we see with our spiritual eyes rather than our natural. “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18
  3. To rejoice in all things. “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” Philippians 4:4
  4. To be content no matter the circumstances. “Not that I am implying that I was in any personal want, for I have learned how to be content (satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or disquieted) in whatever state I am.” Philippians 4:11
  5. Everything I need is found IN HIM. “But seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33
  6. The refinement process never feels good, but is necessary to become more like Him. “For the time being no discipline brings joy, but seems grievous and painful; but afterwards it yields a peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it [a harvest of fruit which consists in righteousness–in conformity to God’s will in purpose, thought, and action, resulting in right living and right standing with God].” Hebrews 12:11
  7. Trust and know that God always has my family’s best interest in mind. “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'” Jeremiah 29:11

I want to encourage you to remain faithful in this season of your life. Remember that we create the atmosphere of our homes by the thoughts we think and the words we speak. Take this time of isolation and use it to take steps to improve your thought life as well as increase the time with your family and God. The beauty of my current circumstance is that although I am isolated from things that I know, I am not lonely. You are not alone in how you are feeling, nor are you ever alone because God is with you. Before you know it, you will be in another phase of life and will have a wonderful testimony to share with others. Hang in there, this too shall pass!

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Win a Ticket to The 2:1 Conference {Giveaway}

I’m sure you’ve been following all of the conferences and other homeschool and blogger events happening lately, and if you’ve been feeling left out, it’s not too late to attend a conference targeted specifically to homeschoolers and bloggers (not necessarily both).

 

The 2:1 Conference is a faith based conference for homeschooling parents that blog (not just about homeschooling), or are otherwise interested in social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter.

Blogging and homeschooling are journeys; each changing with the seasons of our lives.  Offering knowledgeable speakers and panelists, our goal at 2:1 is to equip you with the tools and confidence needed to succeed in your blogging as well as homeschooling journeys.

Who Should Attend The 2:1 Conference?

  • Bloggers
  • Homeschoolers
  • Those seeking fellowship in Him

Tickets are a bargain at $199 and include: conference admission, access to all sessions and group activities as well as conference meals (Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner, Sunday breakfast and lunch). They have also arranged a special price with the hotel for $75 a night (that can be extended if you want to make a vacation of it!)

Be sure to visit their website to find out more.

And, now I am thrilled to offer you the opportunity to win a ticket!

Just follow the directions in the rafflecopter below to enter to win! There are lots of different ways to enter – with only one mandatory – click on the “Do It” button and answer the question in a comment. Find out more about rafflecopter. (Fine Print: Must have a US mailing address,18 yrs or older to win, and respond to notification within 48 hours. Void where prohibited.) Entries will be verified. Ticket will be fulfilled by the 2:1 Conference.


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Does Your Teen’s Choice Matter?

When we began our homeschool journey, we were absolutely sure this was the direction we wanted to go with our children. What we didn’t take into account was how any of our children would feel about that in their teen years and how our decision affects their decisions for their future. Do the feelings of our teens matter as they approach the age of eighteen and begin to think that they might have wanted to go to a public high school for four years?

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Our second child is approaching her seventeenth year of life and is now waking up to her own individual decisions as she  prepares to enter adulthood. Would entrance into a public high school be a benefit to her for her senior year? I knew the decision to homeschool was, and is, a serious commitment, but what I didn’t know was that a public high school has the right to deny a graduation certificate to a homeschooler entering mid-high school. She is welcome to enroll, but no graduation. She would not be issued a high school diploma in the state of California.

She has a desire to know that she really has equal footing with what a public school graduate has accomplished. We have assured her that colleges do accept homeschool graduates and we feel she certainly has equal footing, but she is the one who is entering adulthood with a homeschool education. We are confident in the years we have homeschooled our children, but this is something that our young adult never had a choice in. In the home stretch of homeschooling high school, we have had to face new challenges.

In hindsight, we still believe we made the best decision for our children and we will continue to homeschool the last two children. If we could rewind the clock, we could say with certainty that our second child had no interest in public high school in her ninth grade. Her interest did not come until this year. There’s no way around this fact. So we decided to discuss the option of getting her GED with her.

She will get a high school diploma from us. In the state of California, “homeschooling” isn’t recognized, but we do register ourselves as a private school. So her diploma from us is a private school diploma and is accepted in colleges. Even though we have discussed all of this with her, she has decided to study for her GED. This is something that she wants to do. She will be seventeen this summer, and as a young lady who is approaching her adulthood, we wanted to be sure we could offer her what we can at this point.

We can’t go back in time and place her in a public school, and quite honestly, we wouldn’t. If we could do it all over again, we might have opted for a public independent schooling program, but not compulsory attendance in a public school. This has been a whirlwind of a time for us as parents. Our daughter is becoming a young woman with a mind of her own and we want to honor the decisions she is making to prepare herself for her own future. She is showing us that she is taking full responsibility for the final part of her education and we are thoroughly pleased.

We’ve needed to offer ourselves some grace through this journey. We haven’t been the best homeschool parents/teachers in the world, but we did the best we could and have loved our children to pieces.

How have you communicated with your teens about their high school education?

Tell us about your experiences.

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