There are many things I NEVER thought I would become in life. A missionary and a mom who homeschools ranked pretty high on the NEVER GONNA HAPPEN list growing up. Yet here I am- living in Haiti and teaching my kiddos from my kitchen table.
God, You sure are funny.
It’s not that I am anti-homeschooling or anything. It is just that I went to school to be a teacher and not a homeschooler. I am in debt up to the wazoo to be a special education teacher IN-THE-CLASSROOM and not my house. (I have a M.A in Special Ed for crying out loud!) And the thought that my monthly payments of $$$.$$ are potentially going to pay back an education for a career that I may or may not ever use again is semi super depressing at times.
I am slowly coming to accept my realities: the reality that I will forever be in debt (especially on my missionary salary), the reality that I may never teach in the classroom again, and the reality that I homeschool. The first two realities, well, they suck to be quite honest. But the later, I have to admit is growing on me some.
Now, I am not saying that Nalandson and Dalencia will be homeschoolers for life. With their mom and both grandmothers being teachers, they will probably enter the school system as soon as they get to America. But in the meantime, the three of us are going to rock away at some homeschooling!
What are we doing this year? The little ones have both started Kindergarten. Although there is an age difference, I decided to keep them both together. Nalandson still has some catching up to do, and I wanted to make sure he had another year to get down the foundations before moving on. And Dalencia, although slightly ADD, l is SUPER bright! In other words, I’ve got two kiddos who challenge me in all sorts of directions. But this is what I went to school for, right? Ha!
Again, God, You sure are funny!
Balancing being a mom, a teacher for my kids, a wife, and an administrator for Emmaus House is not easy. There just isn’t enough time in the day to fill all of those roles. I am assuming most moms who homeschool typically don’t have full time jobs as well. I, on the other hand, do. And although I am only four days in to this crazy routine of homeschooling/Emmaus work/family life/Hunter time/is there any time for myself (Answer: no!) schedule, so far so good. Prayers for patience and also for my husband who is now having to learn to do most of the chores and cooking around the house would be much appreciated!
So there you have it. The Kittrells are homeschooling and secretly loving it! I just hope we survive!