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When we began our homeschooling journey a couple of months ago, I never expected the flexibility it really offers. While I knew it would give us some freedom to do other things at our leisure, I didn’t fully understand the actuality of it all until last week. Life gave me some lemons. I’d like to share them with you! Please allow me to explain.
As I’ve already mentioned, I loved the idea of being able to do things during the day. If my kiddos were in school, they’d have to miss learning time for appointments, etc. We’ve had the freedom to make midweek appointments since we began homeschooling, all without having to miss academic time. My darlings have also been able to work ahead in their curriculum, putting them ahead of the ‘lesson plan’. We are free to go places on a whim, without the fear of missing something.
When we began to home school, I was aware of the fact that my parents were planning a visit sometime in September or October. The plan was that they would stay with us for at least a week. Knowing this, our kiddos and I were able to plan accordingly and get the work done ahead of time. Because I’ve got a part time job outside the home, it made it a little challenging, but we were successful!
My wonderful parents graced us with their presence last week. Because we made the decision to home school, the kids and I were able to stay home with them for the week and spend time with them! If they were in public school and I was teaching, that wouldn’t have happened. The time we were able to spend with them was amazing! My dad’s a carpenter by trade, and I had plenty of projects to keep him busy – but we were able to help him to accomplish the tasks at a quicker pace. (The poor guy hardly had a second to relax, what with finishing a garage, building a shed and many other things! He’s a true miracle worker! Thank you, dad!) My parents are both huge blessings!
While here, my beautiful mama asked if I planned on going back to teaching. They both have been very supportive, but questioned the decision to home school. I mean, who gets a degree in education, teaches for 12 years, and then decides to quit? Me. They also know I’ve always wanted to home school, so it wasn’t a complete shock. Anyway, to answer my mom’s question, I told her that I wasn’t planning on it. While I might not home school for the rest of the kids’ schooling, I don’t think I’ll get back into a classroom. I’m enjoying my life too much right now to get back to the 9-5.
We had a ton of fun with my parents. Grammie and Papa are the best grandparents my kids could ask for. My side of the family has had a bit of GOOD shifting going on, so my parents were eager to head home and get to work on their next project – building a new home. While here, we also discussed the possibility of the kids and I being able to drive to see them in a couple of months, only made possible by the opportunity to home school! My husband is a teacher, so he won’t be able to join us if we do go, but it’s an option that the kids and I are very much looking forward to! Regardless, this is just another opportunity that this lifestyle awards us with!
If you’ve been following along in our blog, you know a little of our recent history. In order for me to stay home with the kids, we had to see first if we could sell our home, making it possible. We sold our home in record time, allowing us to purchase a smaller home and downsize just a bit. This created a solid opportunity for us to live off of the mister’s income. But if you know me, you know I’ve got a little of my father’s blood in me and cannot sit still for too long. I have a part time job outside of the home that allows me the flexibility to bring the kiddos along (where they are also able to work on the day’s school work).
The part time work is good. It’s enough. I’m extremely thankful for it. However, it’s seasonal. Busy times are summers and early fall. Knowing that, I began looking into other side gigs, primarily online opportunities. I looked everywhere from taking surveys, editing, reviewing apps and websites, virtual assistant positions, transcription, etc. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be blogging. I (very) accidentally stumbled upon an amazing opportunity. I snatched it up and haven’t looked back.
I found something that has filled a void in my world. The result has been this blog and another. I have always enjoyed writing and what a better way to document our homeschooling journey than to blog?! I need to do a better job of it, that’s for sure. However, this has provided me a way to create a lasting place to paste our memories and encourage others to do the same! The part time job has lightened as of late, so I’ll be able to spend more time here documenting our memory-making and learning! I’m also allowed more time to work on my new and latest side gig – affiliate marketing!
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If you want to check it out for free on me, I would love to offer you what I know. You can read more about this opportunity here. I’ve created another blog detailing all the main benefits it offers. If you’re not interested in reading my personal experiences, you are more than welcome to check it out for yourself. The direct link to your free sign up is here. Please do check it out. If you’re on the fence, no worries! I was too! There’s absolutely no catch or credit card needed. Free means free, my friend!
Life has a funny way of presenting opportunities. Oftentimes, we think we have it all figured out, only to find out that we don’t have a clue. Am I right? If you have it all figured out, please drop me some advice in the comments below! I’d love to hear how you’re managing it! If you’re at all like me, life has its ups and many downs, but we figure it out. Life has given me a couple of lemons lately, and coincidentally, it’s just enough to make a few glasses of lemonade. Homeschooling has given me more quality time with my littles and an opportunity I never knew existed – the ability to learn how to earn some passive income from a company I cannot promote enough. Take my advice – I’m giving you a few lemons. Do you like lemonade? 🙂
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