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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Homeschool Memoirs

I saw this on Jaque's site, Walking Therein and thought it would be nice to meet other Homeschooling Mom's.....

A little about me, my name is Robyn and Im an 40 something old Mom, with 7 children. We have 3 boys- Christopher 26, Zachary 12, Noah Seth 10 and 4 girls- Ashleigh 24, Brittany 20, Natasha 16, Michalea 11. We live in Georgia with all of our children and 2 grandsons, on 14 acres with 4 cats, 3 dogs and a partriage in a pear tree :0) I began homeschooling 21 yrs ago when I was pregnant with my 3rd child, my reason for homeschooling was because my oldest son was in public school and he spent 2 yrs in K5 due to he has a learning disabilty. He has ADD, CAPD ( central auditory processing disorder) and he had allergies so bad he spent a lott of time in the hospital. He was the closest thing to the boy in the bubble he had no immunities to fight infections.
I met a wonderful family who homeschooled, they invited me to their homeschool meeting at their home, before then I met with Stan and his wife Lily ( whom I am still good friends with) and they began telling me about HSing and I felt I could'nt do it....then I began praying about it...and day after day after picking up my son from school and he handed me his unhappy face sticker each day, I went to the teacher and I asked if he was misbehaving and she said no, he is like a space cadet and he isnt learning....Hmmmm, so I began to talk to hubby about it and we decided to homeschool our 2 oldest children. But it didn't go over too well with my MIL, she was totally against it. My parents we're okay with it.
Well I began using curriculum that was way overwhelming for my son, so I got hooked up with FDLRS in Florida ( Where I lived at the time) and the lady there let me check out everything I could on LD, manipulatives, videos, curriculum, and I lived at the library and studied all I could on learning diabilities. Thank God for Mrs> Pam at FDLRS, I did'nt have computer access at the time so I had to wing it.
I remember sitting on the floor crying because I wanted to help my son but just felt like a failure, so I cried out to the Lord and told him- " If you want me to do this , you have to help me!" and he did, Im not saying it was easy but he provided me the help I needed and helped me to understand about learning challenges. I give all the Glory to God! Now I am able to help those Mom's who have children with learning challenges to homeschool and to encourage them , YOU CAN DO IT!!!
My 11 yr old dd, has autism and my 10 yr old ds has dyslexia. I now just go to the Lord and get his guidance on what to do....Im not saying at all Im super HS MOM, Im not, but God's grace and mercy has helped me to help my children learn the way God wired them. He will not give you any more than you can handle. I am so thankful I obeyed the Lord to HS my children, I would'nt trade a minute to have all the riches in the world. My oldest daughter is now in nursing school and will gradute next year, my other dd is in college and my 16 yr old is going to be dual enrolling this year.
Im thankful for a husband who allowed me to homeschool, and to put their education first. I make up my own curriculum, I am a Charlotte Mason fanatic!!! Now we have 2 grandson's we are helping to raise and I plan to help them learn too, they are already learning from my children while I homeschool them. We are in a crucial time in our nation , so embrace your right to homeschool your children, I dont know what the future holds for us...Just trust in the Lord!!!


Anonymous said...

Hi there, I'm Jacque's daughter and I know you through "over her shoulder". lol Nice to meet you anyways! Glad you'll be joining us!

HappyGoMommy! said...

Welcome! Nice to 'meet' you! I enjoyed your lapbooking stuff as we are curently working on our very first one!

Sherry said...

Great to meet you! :D I'm a new homeschooler and we are also finishing up on our first lapbook. :D It is a lot of fun!

tamlovesran said...

Thanks for sharing your story with us. You have done a wonderful job!
I am also homeschooling in GA.


Dana said...

Hi! I'm in Georgia too. What part are you from? I'm in south Georgia near Valdosta. I'm so glad to see another homeschool mom on hear who has older children AND grandchildren! LOL

Here's my link:

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