Yesterday, Today, & Tomorrow…

Yesterday, we began homeschooling Rayne. Making the decision, following through, and beginning our program has been a long and hard journey…but I feel really good about the choices and changes we have made in our lives.  Teaching my own is and will be, by far, the most challenging job I have ever had.  I feel vastly unprepared and overwhelmed…but it feels completely right!

Today, we added more tasks, juggled more activities, and accomplished more as a family than we have in, well, maybe ever! I am feeling exhausted and energized all at the same time. We learned new things, we played in the leaves, we started making Christmas gifts, we went to the library, and we spent our day TOGETHER…the way I feel we belong.

Today, I voted; a right I take very seriously! And what better way to teach my children about being caring and responsible citizens than by taking them with me to our local polls. Today, I used my right and my freedom to make my voice heard.

Tomorrow, I will wake up and pray to God for strength, endurance, and patience {as I have done every single day!}. I will take deep, restoring breaths and I will give absolutely everything I have to do my very best for my children and our family. In these ways, my day will look much like yours…perhaps the details are different…but aren’t we all just trying to get through, do our best, and be true to ourselves?

I hope this begins to explain my absence!  My life has been so transitory…as has Rayne’s…and time, attention, and care is very much needed to tend to all of this. I miss you and I miss this space dearly…but I will most likely be absent more than not until we can wrap our heads around our new way of life. I’m eager to share so much with you…but I suppose there will be plenty of time for that later!

I hope you are all well…

Oh Maegan…sounds like you have been one busy mama! Good for you, you need to prioritize your time on what is important and nothing is more important than your family!! Best of luck on your journey, beautiful image of the girls playing in the leaves and yay for voting!

I think you are undertaking the most amazing adventure for your family, Maegan! I truly admire your courage and your determination to do what is best for your daughters in spite of what society may say. I will continue to pray for you all in this transition period, and very much look forward to reading about (and seeing, of course!) your journey. YOU ROCK!!

Sarah Beth

How wonderful Maegan…so glad that you made that decision!
I’ve been homeschooled since,well,the beginning-and I love it.
I’ve never wished that my parents had sent me to school,it’s such a wonderful thing to be taught by your mother (and father)at home. Best wishes with this! :-)

I’ve got tears in my eyes, Maegan :)
I am so very proud of you, in awe of you, inspired by you. Ultimately though, I just love you to pieces, and you are in my prayers always. Was thinking of you so very much yesterday, on your first day!!

Maegan I so admire what you are doing because I would never have the courage to do that. But to add a bit of irony into the mix I am currently applying to do teaching at uni. Keep encourarged, stand firm and tall and you will get there

Hello Maegan, such a wonderful thing you are doing. I am certain you and your daughter will be blessed by the experience of home schooling. More and more people here in Maine are doing just that. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

I, for one, am curious to know more about home-schooling. I always consider it an option should our school system fail us “enough” to make that change. So please do feel free to write about that, you might be surprised to know how many more are on the edge of that decision as well.

When my daughter was little I thought about home-schooling. It’s a difficult thing to do. I knew then that I didn’t have the self discipline to stick to it. I think you are amazing to take this path. I sometimes wish I had at least tried it.
Hugs

Meagan,

I home schooled my daughter through high school, I will never regret that decision. She went on to college, graduated well, and has been invited back to speak in several classes. She was surrounded by wonderful friends that she is still very close to. This was the best decision we made in regards to her education.

It is a daunting task, but I know you are up to it. It is a wonderful, yet scary journey you are starting, but well worth it.

Praying for strength for you –
Bev

Wonderful shot!
and in these days of non-stop computer presence, I am sooo happy to see some awesome priorities.
Good on you Maegan. Sincerely.

Your girls are some of the luckiest around. I’m in awe of your bravery yet again. Your post is full of confidence and security in a decision well made. Just like all of the other hats you’ve worn, I can already tell this one fits perfectly. Good for you, Maegan.

sounds like a wonderful new chapter in your life. best of luck with it. we’ll always be here checking in on you when you need us :)

so beautifully written……so excited for all of you!

We are in our 8th year of homeschooling. glad for you. It is hard but worth it. I have been wondering what you were up to… congratulations!

I’m praying for you, my friend, as you engage in this new adventure!

That’s amazing that you are homeschooling! I’m not brave enough for that, but I’m impressed by all of the mom’s and dad’s who are willing to take it on. Good luck!

Thanks for sharing this. I, too, am a home school mom to my boys. My oldest son is now in 4th grade and he’s been home schooled from the beginning. I love the time we have together as a family. I’ll remember to pray for you as you adjust to this new way of life. Thanks for sharing your creativity and your life. God bless you!

angie reese

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I’ll miss your regular posts….but you’re doing something more important.

oh girl. wow. you are a brave and amazing momma. truly.

best of luck with it … you will flourish, as will she. :)

Wow – what an exciting, scary, wonderful project to take on. I’m sending you tons of good wishes for strength, support and creativity.

A prayer is being said for you. For strength, endurance, inspiration, excitement, and challenges. How very very exciting.

Work it, mama!

i truly support your decision but, as a teacher, i would love to know why because i feel it is important for us all to listen to each other and your thoughts may help me to initiate changes in the school where i work. i am a reading specialist so please let me know if there is any way i can help you with information or materials. sounds like you’ve had a great week so far. :-)

It sounds such an exciting new chapter and challenge, I envy you the choice as well. My eldest has just gone off to University and I miss her so much, time with our children goes by so quickly.

Well, now this does make sense! Best wishes to you all in this new adventure…I am in awe of all people who do this for their children!

Congratulations! I know this path has been on your mind for a long time, and it’s so exciting to take those first steps. I can’t wait to hear about your journey!

I truly wish you the very best Maegan. Hugs xo

I truly wish you all the best Maegan. Hugs. xo

It’s funny all the things you’ve been going through, I think I’m right behind you. I’ll find myself overwhelmed and grasping to find a balance in this life…then I wonder over to your site and read about your own struggles in balance and priorities…It’s comforting to know that there is someone else who has went though or is going through the same personal struggles! Our family too is planning on homeschooling in the new year and I too am searching for hte balance between hobby, passion, and buisness in my photography! Thanks for sharing all that life gives you! You and your family will be in my prayers!

You will never regret homeschooling. I have 6 amazing, talented kids (2 – 18) and our path has been a winding one! I KNOW that what gave them the best opportunity (for us) was the 5 – 6 years of homeschooling we did. I almost hs’d one this year because she wasn’t feeling challenged enough. I hs’d 3 under the age of 10 with 2 young ones! I really do know some tricks for keeping on track — if you ever want me to tell them to you, you can e-mail me and I will be happy to share how I made it “work”. I think you have my email from above. If not, just respond here. And you must know, that I think it is WAY easier to homeschool young ones than to have them IN school. I really don’t like our family time taken up in the evenings with so much “busy” homework and projects… Enjoy, this will be fun if you let it.

You are a great woman and mother.
You’re able to find your priorities. That’s the most important thing in life, it help to deal with every moment, good or bad, and to taste life at the best.

Wow, Maegan, that is amazing. Good for you guys, that must have been a huge decision to make. I can’t wait to hear how things go! Best wishes to you all!

Maegen-
Beautiful photo-captures fall so simply and perfectly. How exciting-home schooling. I used to be a public school teacher-but my best friend HS her son and it’s made all the difference. I bet you’ll find you’re already doing much of it. Follow the direction of Rayne’s and your curiousity. She is lucky to have such a great mom.
Happy day to you. Glad things are ok, despite their hectic nature.

I love this post! Every day I struggle with the same things. Glad to know I’m not alone in still trying to be true to myself! And whether or not I am doing right by my kids is a whole other worry!

Kristina

such a happy family moment, beautiful emotion and autumnal settings!

Maegan, this lifted me and made me smile. Every time I read of a new parent who is undertaking the huge, but glorious, task of homeschooling, I smile. I’m a homeschool grad and just loved it.

Nell

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