12.19.2008

It's Official....

....I am now a homeschooling mom. That's right, we made the decision, told everyone we "needed" to tell and officially pulled Emma out of school as of today. (EEEEEEEEEEEK! What have we done?!?! Ok, I'm really glad we did it and I'm confident we've done the right thing, but I've had a few mild panic attacks this afternoon.) I brought all of her school curriculum home and we're just going to finish that up for this school year. What will we do next year? Good question.....I don't have the answer yet, but I'll let you know as soon as I know. :-)

I think the hardest part for me today was being at her class Christmas party and hearing her little girlfriends (most of whom she's been with since pre-k) telling her how much they were going to miss her and tearing up while talking together. Then seeing her little desk all emptied out.....UGH! It kinda broke my heart.

We've promised her that she will go on all the field trips, class parties, etc and of course she'll still have friends over and see many of her school friends at AWANA and she can play during lunch recess on Tuesdays and Thursdays when we pick up sister from pre-k. I think all of this continued involvement will help us all transition a little easier. Plus, grandma Pam has already called Beverly's about a weekly sewing class and Heart & Home 4-H. She'll be fine (do I sound like I'm trying to convince myself??)!

I'm kind of surprised by my reaction today.....I've been so excited and we've prayed about and discussed it for so long that I thought it would be easier than it was I guess. The thing is, we love that school! I love those teachers and parents (or at least most of them :-)) and we've made some great friendships and received much support from them. It has really been our second home (and sometimes felt like our primary home) for much of the past 3 1/2 years. However, I keep reminding myself...it still will be all of those things, but in a new way. We'll be in the ISP there, Lauren will still be in the pre-k, Jake is still on the school board, I'm still doing the auction in May (yah, not one of the things I would miss so much!) and Emma can still be involved in all the "fun-stuff" with her class.

Don't get me wrong, we made this decision because we feel like this is what the Lord desires for us to do and it is our intention to obey Him. We know this is the right thing for our family, but sometimes the right thing can be scary at first too! I'm thankful for these next 2 weeks of vacation and time of adjustment....and I really can't wait to have my little girl home with me while we learn together!

And a little prayer from you all wouldn't hurt either! :-)

4 comments:

Sunny said...

Hooray! I'm glad we'll be in this together. I'll be praying for you all as you transition into this new experience! I'll be anxious to hear how things go once you get started. :) I'm sure you and Emma will really enjoy it.

--K-- said...

Yaaa-Hooo! (you really don't want to see the funky dance going on over here!). I'll be praying for you all ;) Let's talk about the sewing class... We are there on Thursdays :) Love Ya! -k

~ Kati :) said...

Yaaaay! Change is always scary but I know you won't regret it... Besides, we have more than enough activities to keep you guys busy with fun activities!(Why do they call it homeschooling anyway, when you spend so little time at home...!?)You'll be awesome!! Emma will love it...

Kourtni said...

I'm soooo looking forward to hearing about how it goes for you!! I'm really nervous, but ready at the same time.

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