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Can we chat for a minute?

The other day I mentioned about never saying never. In that I mentioned how I said I would never ever in a million years homeschool.

Well, God is funny with those things.

I feel like it may be something he gets amusement from, seeing us make these absolution’s, saying that these certain things won’t ever happen, but He knows. He knows that they are already written into our story and its only a matter of time, if we are willing, that we will walk through those never’s.

If you have followed along for any length of time you may have noticed how I said we were having huge prayers answered. Prayers that were prayed for years were finally being brought up and shown the light of day.

I haven’t really felt confident in talking publicly about it, because its not much of my story to tell, but after much prayer, and the thought that I could help other mama’s who want nothing but the best for their children, and realizing part of this is my story, I thought I would share selected details.

My oldest child, the sweetest, most kind, hardworking, loving, honest little boy, was recently diagnosed with dyslexia. While this may not sound like its the biggest deal or even something one should keep private, the struggles we have walked through over the years is what is really the heart behind that “label” and those details are his and no one else’s.

We have all struggled through his schooling over the years. A lot of it, actually most of it, is now made understandable because of that label. Struggles going all the way back to preschool. So when we found this out, it was so much of a relief, so much of a reassurance that it’s not him, its not me, its just difference. A different way of learning, and in fact, a brilliant way of learning.

He isn’t old enough to quite understand this whole ordeal but I can’t wait until he is.

Dyslexia is a beautiful thing.

A crazy, hard, but beautiful learning difference. One that allows him to see the world in a different way, one that helps him to grab onto things and figure them out in ways not many people can, one that enables him to persevere and try a little harder. But one that also isn’t supported much in school systems today.

Dyslexia isn’t recognized as a learning difference. In much of my research one of the only states it is recognized in is Texas, and God bless them, because these kids need to know its okay. That they aren’t dumb, or slow, or not smart. Its just that their brains process information in a different way than the rest of us. But since there is little help for them they wind up falling behind and losing confidence. And with that lost confidence comes behavioral problems and emotional issues. I can’t stress it enough that we need to make more waves over this issue, but really, that’s a different post for a different day.

With all that being said, we tried. We tried reaching out to the school, we got a reading specialist and even spent three months helping him with intense reading remediation. And it helped, it did, but the second he was back in school, without that special attention, he slipped, just like so many kids do, right through the cracks.

I began praying. Praying for wisdom in the choices I should make and the way I could help him. I couldn’t just sit by and watch as he didn’t get the help that was needed. And the doors opened, and the direction I was turned to was homeschool. An idea I forever dismissed as crazy. But the more I researched and the more questions I asked and the more I just let myself be open to the idea, the more God showed up and answered. The clear peaceful feeling that began to sweep over me was all the reassurance I needed.

This was what needed to happen. And the more and more I have looked into it, the more I have realized this needs to happen for each one of my children. This was what was written into our story and it was my job to listen and follow.

We won’t start until the fall, but all I can say is I am so excited. I am ready to help my kids grow and learn in the ways I know they need it. I will write posts talking about some of the curriculums we will use and about this amazing program we will be apart of to help support and teach us along the way.

Now, I know this isn’t for everyone and as you can see, we have been on every side of this, so I don’t feel like I should even have to say this, but every families journey is different. God has written you your own story. So I have zero judgments. I just love on all mamas who don’t give up on their little ones.

//Another big part of our journey in helping our children has been essential oils. So I wanted to take a moment and invite each of you to a Facebook class I am hosting on March 18. Essential Oils 101 will give you an overview of what essential oils are, how you can benefit from them, and why to use them. I love sharing and empowering mamas to make natural strides for their family, so please join me:) Leave your email address and I will invite you to the group. Have a blessed day!!

4 thoughts on “My Thoughts on Homeschool.

  1. Hannah

    This is so exciting! I really feel like were sort of starting this together because I’m a total newbie too. We’ve only just recently gotten organized with our curriculum and everything.

    I have so much hope and excitement for you in this area, friend. I think it’s going to be great!

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    1. Ashley Post author

      AH! I am so nervous/excited/terrified/liberated. I don’t even know if there are enough emotions to explain how I am feeling. It’s good. It is all good!

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