Hello! I’m Misty and I blog at Joy in the Journey. I am so excited to be a contributor here at The Homeschool Post. My hubby and I have been married since March 2003, and we have three beautiful children. Alyson is 9, Kristen is 7 and Daniel is 3. I never planned on homeschooling, or even staying home full time with my children. But, God had other plans!
My dream from the time I was a little girl was to teach. I would line up my stuffed animals and make them “listen” while I read books. I was the designated “baby sitter” at family events while I taught my cousins their ABC’s and 123’s.
I met my husband while I was working my way through college at our local Wal-Mart. I worked midnights, he unloaded trucks. I still remember him pulling that pallet jack around the corner with his backwards ball cap. He captured my heart, and eight months later, we were married.
I used to think that moms who stayed home all day were lazy. And the ones who homeschooled? They seemed down-right nuts! Then I became a mom in September of 2004. Alyson was the perfect baby, and I couldn’t fathom putting her in daycare so I’d be able to finish school. I planned on one day going back, but for the time being was content being a mom. Alyson has since grown into a beautiful young lady. She loves to read, help with her siblings, and is my “Suzy Homemaker” with her cooking and sewing skills.
After Alyson was born I felt very strongly about wanting to raise our family in a Christian home. I was a church bus kid and grew up in church, but I fell away after High School. I always knew I wanted a Christian home for my family though and I rededicated my life to the Lord in September of 2005. My husband was saved in November of 2005. We have been serving the Lord ever since!
Our second child, Kristen, was born in 2006. She was a beautiful baby, but was colicky and sick off and on for the first 3 years of her life. We spent so many nights in prayer for her, and dealt with doctor visit upon doctor visit. We ended up finding out that she has a very rare food allergy to bakers yeast. God has since blessed us with Kristen being a healthy little girl and we are eternally grateful. Kristen is our animal lover. She devours nonfiction books, and is set on one day being a veterinarian. She has a heart for helping and loving all of God’s creatures.
Shortly after Kristen’s birth, God began dealing with my heart about homeschooling. We had been in church for a couple of years at that point and I had very strong convictions about it. My husband did not, and we sent Alyson to preschool. I prayed and prayed for God to soften his heart, and after an occurrence at the school she attended, he agreed to give homeschooling a try.
We began homeschooling officially in 2010 and haven’t looked back. God has still given me my dream of being a teacher, and I no longer think those homeschooling moms are nuts . I love homeschooling because it gives me such an amazing opportunity to spend time with my children. I have taught them to read, been there when they “get it” and there when they don’t . Homeschooling provides the personalized education I feel that children need.
After our homeschooling journey began, we were blessed with our firecracker Daniel. After being a mom to girls, I don’t think I was prepared for life with a boy! He keeps me on my toes and can melt my heart and drive me crazy at the same time with one little word “momma.” He loves all things boy, and thinks his dad is the best thing ever!
One of my favorite things to do is help and encourage new homeschoolers. When we first started on our homeschool journey, I felt lost. I had NO clue what I was doing. A few moms helped me along the way and now, I love being “that” mom for others. Homeschooling has been such a blessing in our lives, and I really enjoy talking to moms who are considering homeschooling. I also love gleaning information from those who have been on the homeschooling journey for a while.
So, that is me, in a nutshell! If you would like to learn more about our family, head on over to my blog Joy in the Journey where I share our journey with homeschooling and my journey with finding the joy in the everyday moments of motherhood.