Choosing how to educate your children is one of the most weighty decisions we must make as parents. School is where our kids spend a large part of their time; it's where they develop critical friendships, are shepherded by teachers, and are inspired to see God in this world he has created for us.I truly believe there is no one-size-fits-all model when it comes to decisions around educating our kids. Sometimes even families find that one setting is best for one child while another will thrive in a completely different environment. There are no easy answers regarding how we choose to educate our children.Our Father, who gently leads us, is faithful to guide us towards wisdom and truth if we are willing to hear his voice for our families. I have found that what we assume our families should look like isn't always what he is calling us to. God often takes us outside our comfort zones as parents to teach us his ways and to keep our children on the path less traveled that ultimately will point them toward Heaven.In our story, my husband and I were both teachers in public schools when our kids were young. We assumed we'd send our kids to Kindergarten on that big yellow bus and continue our careers in the schools alongside them, but God had a very different plan for our family. He softened our hearts and prepared the way for us to embrace homeschooling, and it's been a gift to our family.It was not what we expected, but we are thankful for the grace God gave us to hear his voice on these issues and make the necessary sacrifices so we could be present with our kids during these growing years. He has provided abundantly for us in and through each and every season.Here are some ways homeschooling has been a gift and a sacrifice for us that may help you as you consider the next right step for your children.
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