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A year ago, the thought hit me: “I’m done homeschooling (almost) … now what do I do?”
My fourth child had just graduated. I had one child left to school and he was starting his junior year of high school. He was also pretty independent when it came to learning.
I had previously volunteered at our church a couple afternoons a week, but that really wasn’t an option any longer (nor was working outside the home).
Plus, I wanted to be able to travel to visit my children (and grandchildren!) who are spread out across the USA.
Working From Home
As I researched various ideas for working from home, I had a chance to talk to other moms who were also coming to the end of their homeschooling journey.
We all agreed that where we are now is a lot different than where we thought we would be when we were newly married.
Many of us didn’t even know about homeschooling back then.
Some of us never dreamed we’d be able to stay home with our children.
A few of us thought we’d never live anywhere other than our home state.
And every single one of us understands the power of the Internet and technology on today’s society.
There were quite a few of us who felt our world was spinning out of control due to medical issues of our own or our spouse’s (or another family member’s).
Dealing With the Day-to-Day Issues
Our lives are changing.
We need to make decisions that leave us emotional wrecks.
Yet, many of us still consider ourselves homeschooling moms. Until we remember, “I’m done homeschooling . . . now what?)
We still run our homes and care for our family members. (Those kids may be grown up, moved away, and married, but they’re still our babies!)
We still make supper every night, clean the house, and do laundry. Granted, we don’t make quite as much food, and the housecleaning goes a lot faster, and there is much less laundry to do. That’s to be expected when there are only two of you, maybe three, living in the house now instead of seven, eight or more like there were 20 years ago.
But, I’m Done Homeschooling … Now What?
What do we do with our days that used to be dedicated to teaching history and correcting math?
I think we need to explore our options.
That’s why I began this blog. It’s a journey that we’ll take together, just like the homeschooling journey.
Some of you have been with me for quite awhile. Some of you are newer friends. Many of us have never met in person.
That’s okay. We’ve come to know each other well, and I’m sure we’ll make some new friends on this journey, too.
So, yes, let’s explore the options we have today thanks to the Internet.
We’ll talk about blogging, freelance writing, and being a virtual assistant (which covers a very large canvas).
We’ll talk about the way our lives are spinning out of control at times due to chronic illness, old age, and life in general.
And, for sure, we’ll talk about our grandchildren! But, I hope to do that through the mailing list, where we can get to know each other better.
Won’t You Join Me?
This is not your grandma’s life. This is your life, and it’s always been an adventure!
Join me, and we’ll take this part of the adventure together.