Time marches on, doesn't it? I have been homeschooling for 21 years. It has been a huge part of my life, in fact it has gone hand in hand with my parenting. In the early years, I had school age kids and toddlers and babies.
Now, I have another one graduating, another one starting ninth grade, and my last one will be in sixth grade. I'll only have two students next year.
I do history and science with them daily, then they do their other work independently. I'm here to advise, help, tutor. This works really well, and has all through our years of schooling. Our goal has been to give them the skills to learn, and to give them a love of learning.
When I still had little ones in the home, I was busy! I needed that time the older kids were working independently to focus on the littles and to cook, fold laundry. I ran older kids to their part time jobs and activities, and the little ones rode along.
Now, Rachel drives herself to work, Sarah and Kyle often choose to stay home rather than shop with me. I can go out all by myself! Its awesome and a little weird.
I have time to read, to blog, to work on creative projects.
I've been bored lately. Seriously.
I realized the reason just yesterday. I am in a completely new phase of my life. I am not an empty nester yet, nor are we done with homeschool, but I am needed in those areas less and less. Our goal of raising adults, is nearing its finish line. I'm beginning to look around for things to do.
I know that I am still needed with my kids still in the home, I don't mean to communicate that I am not. And I love spending time with my married kids too, and my parents. We have a lot of good times together.
What I am saying is that I am beginning to ask the Lord what He has for me to do in this next phase of life.
These years of parenting go by so quickly, and then Boom! You're done! Of course, it doesn't feel like it when you have 3 kids, ages 5 and under, and then have three more that are spaced out by 3 years in between each one. I have been a mother for 27 years, and my active mothering will be 7 more years until Kyle is 18 years old.
I will ALWAYS be their mother, but I won't always be parenting them. There is a difference! Its a good difference, too, because God doesn't intend for us to be kids our whole lives. We become adults and we go out and serve Him where He plants us.
It's all good stuff. I'm looking forward to what the Lord might have for me going forward. There are all sorts of possibilities! Its exciting!
What did you all do when you got to this place in life? Tell me about it in the comments, I'd love to hear all about it!