Friday, June 24, 2011


I think this song may be appropriate right now. Lots of changes going on at the Wilhelmsen household.

I have decided to home school the girls. I have been convicted about several things. For one, I'm not making seeking the Lord a priority in our daily lives, and I'm not doing a very good job in teaching the girls the importance of such a priority.

Secondly, I am frustrated that I do not know how to motivate Reagan. I feel, essentially, that I barely know her. I think a lot of that has to do with the fact that we are apart for 8 hours a day, and the remaining hours of her day I want her to play, do chores, and generally get to be a kid. I have long felt that school robs the kids of their free time; now I feel empowered to do something about that.

And thirdly, I have discovered that I am jealous for my kids' time and attention. I'm wondering if this is how God feels about us. The Bible talks about God being a jealous God; I think I'm beginning to understand. In some ways, jealousy can be a good thing. Not jealousy in the sense that I feel bitter or angry at some perceived injustice, but jealous for the short time together while they are home. Jealous because I realize that I will not get to see their faces when they discover something, and jealous that their closest connections are with people I may not want in their everyday lives, instead of with their family and the people that I think are good influences on them.

I am convinced that home school is our solution.

I am unsure about how it will work in our household! I will probably be stressed out, frazzled, and then hopefully, so glad we did it. Erik and I are in agreement, which has been huge. He's been a bit hesitant whenever I've brought it up in the past; but now he sees a lot of potential and he's willing to go for it. I love that about him!

I am busy trying to figure out what curricula to use and how much our budget should be. I'm trying to mentally prepare myself and the kids for August (when we'll start).


Meli_Mama said...

Welcome to the other side! :) Seriously though, I think it's up to each family to decide how they want to educate their kids, and it sounds like you guys are following the Lord's path for your family. We've been playing around with homeschooling for the past few years. My oldest, Johnny, will be K age in the Fall so I guess we are now an "official" homeschooling family. Are you going to convention in July? If so maybe we could meet for lunch one of the days.

Mitchell and Amy Schultz said...

Wow, good for you Jess! I've thought about doing the same but know that I lack the discipline that I would require to get the job done. Fortunately since we moved to back to Illinois my girls are going to have an opportunity to attend a private Lutheran School K-12! Even better, my moms cousin is the principal. I am excited about all the opportunities that I will have to volunteer, and we are already getting actively involved. It's a wonderful feeling and the way that God is working in our lives. So Proud of you and will keep you in prayer as you get started on your new adventure.

Heather@Cultivated Lives said...

What a beautifully written post. I pray that God continues to pour out his blessings on you and your family as you all walk in the way you feel He is leading!!!!

"Intentionally Katie" said...

You're killin' me, Wilhelmsen! Maybe Erik and Mike can chat during the pool party today. I hope to be where you are someday. Finding myself a little jealous of you...