Hello? What? Who? Me? Excuse Me?!
That is pretty much how it started. Seriously. I needed a direct call from God to convince me that I needed to homeschool. Or at least a hit on the head by a two by four!
Be careful what you pray for.
I had been a teacher in the public schools. What would people think of me? Would I ruin my kids’ lives? They will be social outcasts, gulp, forever!! There was a lot to consider here. In 1992 it wasn’t exactly a “popular” thing to do. We were bordering on the edge of weirdness.
A lot of my friends thought we were crossing a line. It was okay to “talk” to God, and even “hear” from Him, but this was a pretty major situation. I remember one friend even told me…..“You will never get a job in the public school system because it is an insult! And what about sports, how will your boys ever compete? I am worried about this Tammy.”
Oh well, wouldn’t be the first time I did something “weird,” it was just be the first time it had an effect on my children. So back to the praying. And never tell me God does not have a sense of humor.
I had delivered some cookies to someone I did not know too well at the time. She told me as I was leaving that she had felt led to homeschool her daughter. Remember I did not know her that well? I told her that my husband had wanted me to pray about it, but that I needed a “two by four” to hit me across the head. She knew he would. And he did.
Disclaimer***this is not my suggested way to look for answers from God***
I was crying when I arrived home. I needed the quietest place in the house. (Did I mention I had two boys, 6 and 4?) I think I ended up in the shed or the end of our street, or somewhere like that! I had my Bible in hand and I begged God to show me what to do.
I knew the answer already, but I was bucking up against it big time! I had to retain my reputation in the town! I had always wanted to teach in my hometown. The boys? I cannot mess them up Lord!!! What was I doing? Lord, nooooooooooo!
Wait for it…..WHAM….the two by four. I opened the Bible to
Isaiah 54:4-13 “Do not be afraid, you will not suffer shame. Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated. You will forget the shame of your youth.” OK. First whack!!
“Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken.” Second Whack!….
“Both your sons will be taught by the Lord and great will be your children’s peace.”WHAM, WHACK, WOW.
So you see the picture.(Literally…weren’t they cute?) I had no choice. I had my confirmation. Pretty clear to me. More weeping ensued…throughout the years I might add…not an easy job! But more on that in later blogs.
We started fall of 1992. The eldest was homeschooled until his junior year of high school. He then attended a private high school. Our other son was homeschooled through seventh grade, eighth in private Christian school and attended a public high school. Both graduated with high school diplomas….and college diplomas…and the youngest received his master’s degree last year.
I don’t think we ruined their lives. We accepted the call, and I would do it all over again. They both said that they are glad we homeschooled them, and they totally enjoyed telling students in their college courses they were homeschooled…just to get a reaction. Yep, they picked up someone’s sense of humor in school!! Those kids pick up so much from their peers in school…..teehee
Everyone has a different story. It is a calling, I truly believe. And I hope I can encourage you in your journey.
P.S. I got a job in the public school system in my hometown 10 years ago. I told you God has a sense of humor!
IN CHRIST ALONE