Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Big Decision for Our Family

We have been homeschoolig my boys for about four years now. I am now back in school and have worked for a large part of the past four years, to the detriment of my childrens' education. They are slow to complete assignments when they have free time without me keeping them on task.

Due to my school schedule and the plan to go back to working a full schedule very soon, both boys will be returning to school in the fall. I am not entirely happy about this, but with a husband who is disabled and who will not even try to keep the boys on task, I see no other choice. My working is not just a choice, it is a necessity, due to financial reasons.

Peter is very excited about going to high school. He has expressed an interest in JROTC and a desire to join the USMC when he graduates. He has also expressed an interest in the rootics courses at the high school. Benjamin feels a little upset about going back to school, saying he wants to still be homeschooled. I think that once he realizes that all his little friends from church are in his same school and grade, though, he'll be fine.

This decision was a very difficult one. I love having my boys here and love teaching them, but realize that I cannot do it all, and certainly not all by myself.

I have been trying to keep up with my education, their education, work, my husband, the house, the animals, and other family issues, such as ailing parents. No, I haven't had much time for myself and certainly not much for stitching. I do see, though, that sacrifices have to be made, and letting the boys reenter public school is one of those. I am looking at it in a positive light, though. They will be able to see that they are doing at home pretty much what the other kids have been doing at school, will be able to see their friends more often, and will have time apart from one another (which I am hoping will stop some of their bickering).

I am almost half way finished with my education (for now..LOL) and after this term will be able to sit for one certification that will enable me to get a job in the medical field. This will greatly improve our status and will hopefully enable us to stay up to date with the bills instead of falling behind. I hate being behind on anything.

I am already shopping for the school clothes as the winter wear is on clearance pretty much everywhere.

Back to school will be interesting...all four of us (my husband is now taking classes as well) will be getting our books, supplies, etc. ready and we'll all have homework to do. Should prove to be quite interesting.

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