We finished!


Today my oldest son graduated from kindergarten. Whew! We made it.

I homeschooled him — and even though I’m not a huge homeschooling advocate (no offense to those who are) — I have to say it was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.

This school year started on one continent and ended on another.

It happened in three houses, six states, on the road and a lot of other cool places: aquarium, dairy farm, beach, animal rescue facility, to name a few.

We fell in love with sea turtles and penguins and maps and somewhere in the middle of it all, he started learning to read and write.

I really can’t take credit — God just put it inside of him and he blossomed.

And now, so much more than before, I feel he is ready to head off to public school next year.

(That is something I didn’t know if I would ever be able to say with any confidence)

Now it’s time to take a minute and cry.

No seriously, isn’t God good?

I’m grateful for this year. For the stability homeschool gave us when our whole world changed so radically when we moved.

Actually, I should say for the stability it gave me. I think the kids were fine.

I’m grateful to God for all the miracles He has done in my son’s life.

There was a long hard time where I didn’t even know if he would speak, and then I didn’t know if he would ever speak normally.

Now we are at the point where it would be nice if he would be quiet sometimes! And I am SO GRATEFUL for that!

And compared to the kid who would barely make eye contact with people he didn’t know, and who had a really difficult time with change (wonder who he got that from?) —

Here are two comments we’ve gotten about him in the past month:

“He’s a politician!” (From a town mayor who was impressed at his confident greeting and handshake)

“He is extremely adaptable, that’s for sure.” (From a children’s minister at a church we visited one time)

Do I say this to brag about my son? Not at all.

I just want to draw attention to how with God, all things are possible.

All things. Are possible. With God.

God has been good to us, and I just wanted to make a minute and thank Him.

“The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.”


He's gotten really into drawing. Here's a sample.
He’s gotten really into drawing. Here’s a sample.




4 thoughts on “We finished!

  1. That is sooooo good, Abby!
    So nice to hear how he’s doing.
    You partnered with God to see it all come to pass.

    1. Thanks Cathy. He really is doing great these days. Jake and I are sort of sitting back in awe about the transformation. God is good.

  2. I took my youngest three out of public school from the time they were in grades 1, 3 and 5, and taught them at home all the way through high school graduation, but any amount of homeschooling is beneficial.

    Two of my homeschoolers decided to go to college, and attended the state community college, Purdue University, and one of the Indiana U.-Purdue U. co-establishments. One simultaneously earned two Associates degrees, then a Bachelor’s, and is now working on a Masters; the other earned a technical certificate, and is now going into the last year of a Bachelor’s, all while holding down a full-time job in healthcare over the past dozen years. Both have graduated with honors, and the one who earned the simultaneous degrees was valedictorian. My other child, and the nephew whom I homeschooled for a year (while my sister was organizing her professional life before taking over his education), have both maintained successful non-college-based careers in fields they enjoy.

    Parents are entitled to divine inspiration when it comes to their kids, and the inspiration they get is tailored to their circumstances. Not that we don’t still make mistakes! But I’ve never known homeschooling to be one of them.

    Congratulations to you and your son!

    1. It sounds like homeschooling was a great experience for your family. It is true that God leads different families in different ways. I never thought I would homeschool, but then God had me do just that! And now God is leading us to put our oldest in public school next year. So we are trying to walk out our faith with each child, in each new situation. But it sounds like you can be very proud of you children. Congratulations.

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