A great post from Lana…

Lana really blew me away with this post. Unlike Lana, I was lucky enough to feel very maternal during my pregnancy and to look forward to the changes having a child would bring to our life, whilst being terrified about the famous (and in our case, extremely true) prophesied severe lack of sleep (for years continuously for us!). But I too never thought I’d be a homeschooler in a million years, well, in part because I didn’t know it existed but even if I did I wouldn’t have thought I would have been ‘the sort of person’ to do it. I wouldn’t have thought I could give up so much ‘me’ time to my kids. But I am so, so happy to find I’m a different person, a much, much better person, a much, much happier person because of my kids. A person far more at peace with myself and the world because of the grace our kids brought into our lives. I too am tired. I’d love homeschooling to not be a solo endeavour, as loud as the cheerleader is from the sidelines! But I live and love our decision every day. Living off the beaten track makes me live much more consciously and I love that. I love that I won’t turn around one day and think ‘How did that happen? How did time pass so quickly – I didn’t mean things to be this way’. Yes, time will pass all too quickly but I will feel at peace knowing how much of it was time with my kids, laughing, discussing, arguing, reading and cuddling. TIME. WELL. SPENT.

Lana Meredith

I am tired.

No. Tired is inadequate; exhausted is overused.

Perhaps spent is more appropriate.

Those who know us know our lives are rather… erhm, full. Some seasons, full is oppressive; others, it’s beautiful – satisfying, even.

Last year we lived the first; this year we’ve seen glimpses of the second.

The difference? What we’ve chosen as our… fillers.

Seven years ago this month, I was counting down the weeks till Noelle’s birth, anxious to be delivered of the extra weight, anxious to get my body back.

I was tired of sharing my heart, my blood, my kidneys, my uterus. I was tired of being host to an ever-growing parasite. I wanted my parts back. I wanted to support my own life functions, and not anyone else’s.

I know. The naivete is crushingly hilarious.

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About homeschoolingpenny

Hi and welcome! My name is Penny and I used to live in Bahrain but In November 2012 moved to Dubai and now we live in Granada, Spain! If you want to contact me my email is pjmontford@hotmail.com. I recommend you start my blog on 'Day 1' but please enjoy whatever you dip into. 23 February 2012 marked the first day of no more school FOREVER for my two kids. Edward, who is nearly 10 had attended a variety of schools since he was very little. Petra, who is now 6, has never gone to school. On this date we decided Edward was never going back to school and Petra never would go to school. We hope to successfully homeschool from this day forward, although we would consider an alternative school as an option- if there was some amazing Sudbury or other really alternative school. Actually, I prefer the term 'home learning' than 'homeschool' because I don't like to think of school coming into our home. In fact, I hope to go further and guide/learn alongside, rather than teach, my kids using the 'unschooling' philosophy to instill a lifelong love of learning in them. We lived in the Middle East and now Spain all of which are very challenging places to home educate. This is an exciting journey that I used to blog about regularly, at first it was on an almost daily basis. Please join me on our travels and I hope we might be able to help each other out along the way. I certainly hope I can be a source of support and comfort and, in time, knowledge to all potential/presently participating homeschoolers/home educators/unschoolers. Good luck to us all! If you want to read about why I started home educating, why I pulled my son out of a 'very good' private school mid-term, how I felt at the very start and how my philosophy has evolved, please start from 'Day 1' of the blog. Please do post comments at the end of any days that you read. Your opinion is valuable and it's great to start up debate amongst other people commenting too, however old the post. Thank you for visiting homeschoolingmiddleeast.
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One Response to A great post from Lana…

  1. Jane says:

    Well said! Lovely words and a good reminder about the wonderful lives we have, thank you

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