We first considered homeschooling our children when our oldest child was just a toddler. By the time kindergarten (and the yellow school bus) approached, we had surrendered to God’s leading by choosing to educate our children at home instead of in a school setting.

This journey that began with some foreboding soon evolved into a new lifestyle filled with fun, frustration, adventure…and a whole lot of fantastic books! Several bookshelves later, we find ourselves at the end of our 26-year-long homeschooling experience with our five children.

Although I approached the high school years with great trepidation and angst, I am incredibly thankful that we persevered and home educated our five children all the way through their high school years. Three of our kids have graduated from their postsecondary studies, the fourth works as an automotive mechanic, and our youngest is just graduating from Grade 12 and is currently working to discern her next steps in life. Our oldest four are married (because two weddings in the midst of a pandemic sounded like a lot of fun!), and all four of them have also embarked on the adventure known as parenthood, making us grandparents in the process. (And may I just add that I’ve become quite convinced that enjoying grandkids is the whole point of the entire parenting process…) 

Our two oldest grandchildren begin their own homeschool journeys this fall, and we look forward to the opportunity to support our grown children as they homeschool their own kids.

We are so grateful for the support and guidance we have received from WISDOM for so many years and are honoured to be members of their Parent Advisory Council.

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