Nothing that I can't bounce back from, but for the first time in my family's life we've sent our boys off to school instead of investing into them at home.
Of course, this has garnered three reactions:
- From some friends who home school: "Why in the world would you do that?"
- From some friends who use public school: "Why in the world did it take you so long?"
- From some friends who know us well: "Wow... I get it, and I get how different that will be for you... and I'm praying for you."
After all, we may end up using home schooling again down the road... or we may not. Our journey is a very interactive one, which involves leaning into our kids and trying to figure out what will bless them best. Keep in mind, our goal isn't that they would just graduate high school but that they would graduate college as well. In order for that to happen best, Katie and I recognized the need for them to be under different authority that is independent of us.
So for at least this year - maybe more - this is our plan. We'll keep praying for wisdom.
In the meantime, I apologize for being a bit out of sorts this week. Since I work out of the home, it's been odd to have several hours in my day where I don't hear my boys playing, wrestling, singing, or asking me to play a game with them. It's one reason we're driving them to and from school, trying to squeeze every minute of the day with them that we can.