Friday, May 11, 2012

Our last day

Today was our last day of home schooling for the year. On Monday, the kids will go to their classes for final exams and class parties. But for me, this was the last day that I will sit down with them and go through math lessons and review history facts and help write research papers as part of our home school curriculum.

If all goes as planned, it will be the last day of home schooling for at least a year. It might be the last day of home schooling for several years. I hate to actually utter this out loud, but it could quite possibly be our last day of home schooling. Forever.

We spent the afternoon hanging out with friends at an end-of-year party and then spent the evening at a birthday party with lots of school friends. It was a great way to end the year. 

Swinging on playground equipment.

Chatting with friends.

Playing baseball.

Running down a big hill.

It was the kind of day that made me want to home school forever. I would love home schooling so much if we could do this everyday. But the problem is all of that school that gets in the way.

I was a little nervous about the day and facing the inevitable question, "So, what are you doing next year?" But I was extremely thankful for the responses that I got. Sympathetic ears and understanding hearts. And I was pleasantly surprised that several people said they had been waiting for me to blog about it. So, here I am. Trying.

When we started home schooling three years ago, we did so for a few very specific reasons. Back then, home schooling was my biggest fear. Now, that I've done it, I'm not afraid of it anymore. I know I could do it again.

It also feels great to look at how different things are now and realize that all of our hard work has paid off. I don't regret one minute of the past three years.

And yet, unlike last year, when I was so unsettled and so unsure of what we should do, I feel totally at peace with our decision. It's just hard for me to blurt it out in a sentence. You know me. I like to analyze and process and give the complete explanation. Which I will. And I promise it will be coming soon.

Will you come back? Please? ;0



Holly said...

Oh, I will be here to read! And I am compelled to comment! :) Love the pics...

Sarah said...

Can't wait to hear more!

everydayMOM said...

Thanks so much for the comments here and on FB. I've been a little nervous about writing this, and not sure if I should. The encouragement fuels me! :)

everydayMOM said...

Holly, those two are so cute. I have some other cute ones of Mikey that I will get to you!

Sues said...

OF COURSE, I'll be waiting to hear more about your fam's next new step. We have a big one announcing this Thursday, too...

everydayMOM said...

Awww, thanks, Sues. Hmmmm... I'll be checking on you on Thursday, as well!

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