It has been a wonderful, and at times, difficult journey to homeschool.
As I shared in a previous post, I didn't start out gung ho on homeschooling. I did it out of circumstance.
Once Eric and I wrapped our minds around this journey,
we were all in. We did take it one year at a time,
but always planning for the future.
The Future is here!!
All those sweet ladies who would say to me
"Enjoy it, they grow up fast" were 100% correct!!
I couldn't see it then. It is very clear today.
I am typing away on Memorial Day Weekend 2015
with nothing else to do :) except get a pedicure :)
We have no plans for camping, hiking, kayaking or anything, really.
Two of the boys have jobs now,
and they are working on this three day weekend!
In the early days I would long for just 30 minutes
of uninterrupted silence, 30 minutes to figure out a menu,
just 30 minutes of time to myself.
Today, I have endless time on my hands.
I too, have a part-time job.
I re-entered the workforce on
January 15, 2015.
I wasn't happy about it.
We had so much going on in our life that just wasn't positive,
and quite frankly I had very little hope.
Having a job and homeschooling teens was way more
difficult than I imagined it would be.
Keeping up the house was non-existent.
I worked in the morning, and when I was done,
I went home and tried to answer questions for school work,
tried to get everyone to actually do their work, and finish their chores.
There were many tearful nights, and Eric just didn't
know what to say or do. He too, was overwhelmed with our life.
February 17, 2015 we had another major life change.
We were forced to step away from our business, and had no idea what we were going to do!! (you will have to hear that story over at the Knight in Tarnished Armor)
What should have been a completely devastating time,
actually reunited our family.
Eric didn't realize the chaos and disarray our family
had been in for the last three years.
He really stepped up to the plate.
At first, he simply put on his "principal" hat.
I'm the teacher, he's the principal in our homeschool :)
He has always stepped in when the boys were unruly and not listening to me, or I was being a bit too "relaxed" in my approach.
(A nice way of saying we should stay home and work on some math and writing instead of going on field trips,
and other out-of-doors learning experiences.)
During this time of transition, Eric went through the
boys' school work page by page.
We joked that he was now the stay at home, homeschooling dad.
He got both, Nick and Levi, back on track. In fact he did such an amazing job, Nick finished his school year a month early!!
Levi got a new schedule that is more aggressive.
He won't have to do school work through the summer months.
It's a tough schedule, but I am so proud of him and how hard he is working! Luke just finished up his classes at BSC and got good grades.
He will be transferring to an online university program in December.
The boys have always done some job site clean-up with Eric,
but it was time for them to work for someone other than dad.
We are of the opinion that it's good for our boys to have other opportunities that don't involve mom and dad.
It helps them develop life skills in a different
environment than our home.
We asked them all to get a part-time job outside
of the "family business".
In North Dakota, the kids can work limited hours at age 14.
Even Nick had to get a job.
I will not always tell you we are happy to be living here-most days are downright hard and lonely-BUT-we are fortunate to live in a land of opportunity. I purpose it in my heart to be thankful and to see the blessing in our situations, no matter how difficult they are to find.
Nick and Levi are gainfully employed-each was hired within two weeks of applying and interviewing.
Luke just finished up his last class in college and started his job hunt yesterday. I anticipate the same results; that he will be hired almost immediately.
Because it is such a desperate job market, we coached him to be choosy about where he applies.
In this economy, there is no reason to settle for a job you don't like.
This summer my boys will be learning in a new way.
Up until this summer, we have always done our homeschool year round. We did a lighter, flexible schedule-but we did school work in the summer!
The foundation has been poured.
It's time for the head knowledge to be set in motion.
Time for that foundation to be cemented and built upon.
This summer the boys will be applying life skills.
What is the 80/10/10 principle? Why should I tithe? Why should I take on an extra shift at work? You mean I still have to go and clean up a job site even though I worked my "real job" yesterday??
Why should I have a checking account instead of a savings account? Taxes? I have to file taxes??
And on top of ALL of this-I still have to do my chores,
clean my room, AND mow the grass and shovel snow??
We are two weeks into this job thing, and all of these questions have already been asked!!