Well, Alrighty Then!

Hold those plans loosely, girls! I cannot say it often enough, especially when I’m talking to myself.

I was cruising along, enjoying the end of August, thinking about the beginning of September and the fact that Will will be starting high school this year. No worries. We switched to using a boxed curriculum about three years ago, and I knew that meant that all the planning and ordering and figuring out of his freshman year was taken care of, all neat and clean and housed in a big, blue binder. Yep, that’s what I thought. Ahem.




Will and I had a terrific “back to school” talk on Monday. I thought we were going to discuss refining our daily school schedule a bit and talk about the possibility of adding a couple of co-op type classes. That’s what I thought.

It turns out, Will would very much like to go back to homeschooling “the way we used to do it”, which is a mom designed, planned and hobbled together curriculum. He tells me this….in late August!

Well. Alrighty then.

The truth of the matter is that I have missed homeschooling “the way we used to do it”. I’ve missed the planning. I’ve missed being the one to choose, with my kids’ input, what they’d be studying for the year. I’ve missed the hours spent writing a particular course of study, searching for just the right books and other resources to make the study complete. I’ve missed stalking waiting for the mailman and UPS driver, knowing exactly what they had on their truck for me every day.

In many ways, these last few years of homeschooling from a box have been good for us. If that’s the best method for your family, and it is for many families, then I’m happy for you. For me, though, it took all the joy of homeschooling right out of my very heart. There was nothing for me to do but oversee the work being done. If that was the best for my son, though, then that was good. I am so very thankful and blessed that, at least for now, we will be pursuing high school the same way we’ve tackled homeschooling for most of Will’s school career.



Blessed. Thankful. And buried under a stack of high school handbooks, books pulled from my shelves, multiple browser windows open on the computer, multiple text documents open on that same computer, my phone close at hand for communications with my family, and my debit card doing some serious business on line.

It’s been a ton of work. But you know what? It’s been wonderful! I’m very, very hopeful that everything we’ll be ready, or at least ready enough, for a September 9 start date.



This will be my twenty-fifth year as a homeschool mom. There have been years of just rolling with the punches. There have been years of tremendous success, and years of seemingly dismal failure. But those years I thought were failures? God used those years to grow my kids in non-academic ways that never could have happened otherwise. He redeemed even what I thought was a failure! I’ve prayed a lot. I’ve sought God’s help tons. There’s no way that I could, or would, have done this for the past quarter century without Him!

If there is one, simple truth that I can tell newer, younger, or maybe just burned out moms, you are not in this alone! We’re all familiar with Philippians 4:13, “ I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”. (NKJ)

I kind of like the way The Message says it,

Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am.

So, to all the moms out there, whether you’re putting your little one on the school bus for the very first time, sending a child off to college, or pursuing yet another year of educating your kids at home, look for your strength and worth in Jesus and in nothing else. With His help,

You’ve got this!


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8 comments to Well, Alrighty Then!

  • God taught me the hard way to hold loosely to my plans the night my daughter died. Hard lesson, but one I’m glad I learned.

    I am excited for your new homeschooling journey this year…not so “new”, but different than the last couple years. We are the complete opposite this year, and I just blogged about it today too. 🙂 I was feeling overwhelmed with all of the planning and figuring out which curriculum to use, and have struggled to teach the material as it gets more complicated. We enrolled the kids in an online academy, and I am SO excited to start. I’ll be overseeing mostly, and will have mentor teachers to help support me and the kids. I’m most excited about the elective opportunities the kids will have that I could never provide for them. I’m not a great teacher, and now that both kids will be in high school, I wanted to be sure they were getting a good education.

    Over the years I have read your blog, I KNOW this is right up your alley, and you and Will will LOVE getting back to it, and will really enjoy your year. I think we will with our new adventure as well. I’m so excited for both of us. 🙂 To quote one of my favorite bloggers: “God bless YOU as you look well to the ways of your household!”

    Much love and prayers for your year,

    Kathryn 🙂

    • I’m so happy to hear that your family found a new perfect fit for high school, too. It’s all about doing what’s best for our family. Praise God that there are so many options available.

  • I am in my 19th year home educating…9 more years to go!

    I agree with everything you said!

    I have loved this time with my children that I have had, and am still having with our youngers….

  • We used Sonlight for a couple of years but we also preferred putting together our own curriculum.

    We ended up sending Christopher to the local Community College his senior year only because we knew he would need the additional math and science courses to enter the University, which is notoriously hard to get into!

    It would have been much easier if he did not want to study in their School of Science (or Engineering).

    • Sonlight was good for us for a season. I bought it, primarily, for Aaron and the struggles he was having at the time, and just included Will, too. So happy to be returning to our homeschooling roots, though. Will is headed for college and will need the higher math and sciences if he keeps his desire to study Robotic Engineering. :0

  • Different seasons…
    I always enjoyed the researching for just the right curriculum. That was one of my favorite things about homeschooling.

    Phil. 2:13

    Blessings to you Cheryl!

  • I’ve always loved putting together ‘just the right’ resources for our kids. It’s funny to read this, though, as we’re just starting our first year with Sonlight. Seasons, right?