We have always been a homeschooling family and that is what I have dedicated my life to for the past 12 years. It got me to thinking about different things over the years; the opportunities they have been presented with that otherwise may never have been granted.
Instead of just reading about Vicksburg, my boys have seen it. They have also toured the USS Alabama; visited the ocean, and many stops at points of interest along our journey. But homeschooling is about more than just books and learning, it is about daily life and helping others. We have visited nursing homes and helped neighbors in need. When grandma needed a "handy man" last September, Justin was able to fly to her house and help her out for a week. Definitely not something that could have been done without being homeschooled!
Right now Justin has a 3.89 GPA and he has never had to be searched for drugs, been stabbed, or had a bomb scare.
As I look back over all of the tears that have been shed through the years, I can honestly say "It was worth the sacrifice".
This is what the last year of high school looks like:
One thing about homeschooling is that the students can't come up with excuses like - "I forgot my homework" or "my dog ate my report". The one thing that can happen is this; I ordered the books a few weeks ago and I expected to get a shipping confirmation in my email when the books were shipped. On Tuesday I called to find out when the books would be shipped out only to find out they were delivered on September 3rd! Apparently they had been sitting in our UPS box down front and no one checked the box! LOL
Maybe now we can get started with this last year of school.
As each new year starts, I can't help be reminded of all of the children who will not get to start school this year - either because they are too sick, or they have left this world. I remember when Michael was in the hospital, the little boy next door to him in PICU got to go to school, but only for a few days before he died - he was 5 years old. We bought school books for Michael that year, but he never got a chance to use them.
Childhood Cancer Facts
*Each day, 46 children are diagnosed with cancer
*One in 330 children will develop cancer by age 20
*Although cure rates are steadily increasing, 35% of children will die
*Cancer remains the number one disease killer of children; more than genetic anomalies, cystic fibrosis, and AIDS combined
*The overall incidence rate for childhood cancers has increased significantly by almost 33% during the period 1975 to 2001
*On average a treatment for childhood cancer diagnosis is two years
*Cancer treatment can cause serious side effects that may last a lifetime
*Research on the emotional impact of childhood cancer finds that parents and siblings report even greater long term emotional impacts than the diagnosed child