What Happens When God Says Homeschool And You Don’t Want To

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All I can do is tell you our quick story of what happened when I didn’t want to homeschool but God said, “Do it!”

You see, my oldest went all the way through public school and graduated.  I tutored many of his schoolmates as a volunteer when they were younger. By the time my daughter was at the elementary school, I was a substitute teacher there and adored it.  I love our local public school teachers and staff.  God calls us each to follow His path, whether it’s what we planned or not …..


I know some people in our small, Mayberry town thought I’d lost my mind. I know they wondered why in the world we had decided to homeschool our kiddo.  What’s funny is that I fought the whole idea tooth and nail from the start myself.  I mean, we had moved to our small, southern town for the school system.  Our oldest went all the way through graduation and my intent was for my youngest to do the same.

I was a reading tutor and a substitute teacher at her school, for crying out loud, and a big question in my mind was definitely, “What if people thought we were super-weird?”  So why in the world did my husband and I decide to go through with home education even though we didn’t know a soul in our area doing the same?

Plain and simple …..

The Lord made me do it.

Read the rest of What Happens When God Says Homeschool and You Don’t Want To over a happy haven called Moms Homeschooling High School.   For Moms who are already in the trenches of homeschooling their teen or they are seriously considering it.  It’s a Virtual Hangout of Mama Friendship, Homeschooling Hacks, Up-to-the-Minute Homeschool News, & Killer Curriculum Deals.


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  1. Spring Parsons
    January 24, 2015 / 9:11 am

    That article has my name all over it! Three weeks into our amazing new home school adventure I know we are exactly where God called us to be! Yes it is hard but rewards are abundant! Love you sister!

    • Shan
      January 25, 2015 / 1:26 pm

      Thank you honeybun. So excited for you new hsing adventure! Love you back

  2. Jen
    January 27, 2015 / 10:24 am

    Very true! And it’s funny that we start out thinking why would we want to homeschool, but now I often think why would anyone want to do anything else? Haha

    • Shan
      January 28, 2015 / 8:34 am

      EXACTLY Jen! I think the same all the time now but I realize that one does not realize how amazing it is until you are smack dab in the middle of it yourself!

  3. Rust
    January 28, 2015 / 11:48 pm

    I really enjoyed this post. I admire and applaud your path.

    • Shan
      January 30, 2015 / 7:26 am

      Thanks so much Rust. Means a lot.

  4. Anne Sweden
    February 3, 2015 / 9:48 am

    When you decide to homeschool, it definitely does entail a lot of responsibility. Some days, that’s a very heavy load. Thanks for your encouragement!

    • Shan
      February 3, 2015 / 8:31 pm

      Awe, any time Anne. It’s heavy but oh so rewarding!

  5. Sara @ The Homeschool Post
    June 20, 2015 / 4:08 am

    Thanks for linking up! I really enjoyed this post and I’ll be pinning it to our Pinterest board. 🙂

    • Shan
      June 20, 2015 / 1:47 pm

      Thanks so much Sara! I love your site and will be back weekly. 😉


  6. Trena
    June 20, 2015 / 11:28 pm

    Great story… mine is similar. Never thought I’d be a homeschool mom, but we will be starting our (gulp) 12th year this fall. I, too, use My Father’s World (for 9 of those years). Didn’t learn about MFW until my oldest was 3rd grade. So prior to that we used Lifepac due to there not being many (well-known) Charlotte Mason or unit study curricula “back then”. The only one at that first homeschool convention I attended was Prairie Primer and it didn’t start until 3rd grade. I was told there were so many “foundational” things to learn that no one had a unit study approach for younger than 3rd. I’ve since learned that MFW was around, but not well-known at that time. And when I started using MFW, I didn’t know anyone that used it either.
    My high school student has gone a different direction and we use Classes by Beth online courses for some of her schooling. Takes the “pressure” off me and allows her more discussion in literature classes, for example. Their courses are online with LIVE teachers so you interact with the teacher and other students in the class (actually, CBB started as a local co-op style in our community and has now gone to the online format). If you need to “out-source” some middle/high school courses, I highly recommend as CBB does use living books approach (Beth is a co-author of Train Up A Child Publishing -formerly Epi Kardia, but Beth is no longer associated with the company, but her name is still on some of the materials). So she takes the living books approach with her online classes as well.

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Shan
      June 22, 2015 / 10:39 pm

      Thanks so much for sharing Trena. Thanks for the great ideas. We got to get creative and do what is best for those students. Way to go, Mom!


  7. Ashley
    July 1, 2015 / 1:44 am

    You have present really great ideas about home schooling. The blog is interested in reading and it is useful for many of the mom’s of a home schooled children.

    • Shan
      July 1, 2015 / 8:16 am

      Thanks, Ashley. We are blessed.


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  9. Wendy
    May 16, 2016 / 8:00 pm

    Thanks for linking up with us on the Hip Homeschool Hop! I love this article, and I also enjoyed the others that you linked up. I chose this to be one of my featured favorites on tomorrow’s Hop post. 🙂

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