Thursday, September 6, 2012

BIG Changes

(This is what it looked like when we first moved it)
I will try to get some updated pics soon.

This week I put four of my children in public school. It has been a huge trust issue for me. I think it was easier to homeschool, because I was relying on MY abilities, schedule, etc. I could protect and teach my kids at the same time (I thought). When God asked me to trust Him in this area, I cried and cried. I knew it was letting go of something huge. So far it has been a wonderful experience. The kids are loving having friends and they are excited about learning. I actually like it when they come home with homework. I want to see what they are doing, and how they are doing. I want to help the teacher anyway that I can. It is good.

The other big change for us is putting our house up for sale. We want to move to the small town where our church and the kid's school is now it. At $4 a gallon for gas, we realized that the commute would kill us. We will be closer to my parent's which means we will only be 5 minutes away from Josh. I have taken over his homeschooling, so I will be able to oversee that much easier when we are closer. Right now I go out to the ranch and teach him 3 days a week. He does the rest of it on his own.

Trying to find a house in a community of 500 people is challenging enough, but when you add a large family to the equation it makes it even more difficult. We are looking for a 4 bedroom/2 bath and there just isn't much selection in our price range. I firmly believe that God has something for us. He wouldn't ask us to move, if he wasn't wasn't going to provide. I am getting better at this "relying on God" thing. When I start to stress, I turn it over to a prayer and tell Him that I believe in Him and what He will do for our family. I am excited. I never thought we would ever move from this house. I love this house and the location. But I will be obedient and trust that this is for the best.

Please pray for us!


Tracy said...

Big changes indeed and obviously much thought and pryaer has been invested in your new way. I understand completely your feelings about sending your children to school, I felt it too when my girls started back in school. They have not suffered a bit from their experience and I am still actively involved in their education as well.
Take care,

Ellie Rae said...

This sounds great. Blessings on you. My children went to public school. Just stay involved, which is what I can tell you are already doing.

Grandma Becky said...

Wow! What a change. But it's not always bad. Glad the kids are doing good and your are helping them with school work anyway! Will be praying for you as you look for housing and for sale of your house. Remember His mercies are new every morning, Stacie. Relying on Him is what He wants us to do. We are His children. Love and hugs! P/S Do you have the latest Brandon Heath CD? If not I need to send it to you as there's a great song on it that makes me think of you, in a good way.

Kristin Bridgman said...

It all sounds good! God will provide. I'll be praying.

Farmgirl Cyn said...

HUGE changes for sure! We also need to move closer to Grand Rapids. After losing our home to foreclosure last year we moved north 1 hour. It has been hard on me especially, not being nearby my kids, plus family and friends. Plus, I start a part time job next week and the commute will kill us financially so the need is there for us to move.
The Lord will provide...that is my mantra...for us...and for you.

Camille said...

Praying for you my friend. One step at a time...with our Great God! HE goes before you.


LizyBeth said...

Once you let go in one area, it begins to get easier in others, kind of like momentum. I am praying for you as you go through all these changes.

I am actually having fun, this time, while trying to sell our house. I've realized it's completely out of my hands, so all I really have to do is try my best to keep the house clean.

I love helping my kids with homework, too. I also really enjoy the very structured schedule made by someone other than me. :)

OurLilFullFam said...

Praying for your house to sell and to find one that is perfect for you all!


Anonymous said...

I can’t imagine the struggle and hurt you and your family have been through. Just make sure that this is God’s will because the children have already lost a brother and may feel like they’ve lost their mother since you aren’t homeschooling. And now, they may feel like they’re losing their home as well. It’s a lot of changes for them to deal with. I realize some choices were forced on you. Just try not to question in the dark what God has shown you in the light. We’re praying for you.

Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

Anonymous, Thank you for your prayers. I want to make it clear that I would never have come up with this plan. This is something that God made extremely clear to me. He knew I had not trusted Him with my children. He also knew the extreme challenges we have in regards to my older son's treatment/therapy. It is beyond what you could comprehend, especially since it is in another town. I tried doing it from January till June and then God made it clear to me that I was to send my kids to public school. I grieved it and questioned it but I couldn't get around it. I had to trust Him with my children. I don't know if this is for a season, or if this is a permanent thing. I felt like he was asking me to take this one year at a time, which is the same thing he asked me to do when I felt him call me to homeschool.

My children are more affectionate and the time that we have now in the afternoon and evenings is sweet and cherished. I secretly love it when they have homework because then I get to still homeschool and learn with them. I am also able to put much more into my oldest son's homeschooling and spend much more time with him than before.

I know it is hard to understand. I would have been questioning this as well if I would have seen something like this. It takes a lot of swallowing pride to be able to come out in the public with this decision. I have been a huge advocate and believer in homeschooling and I still am. I just know that every family is different and every family situation is different. And now I know things can change. Never tell God never. He has a funny way of making our nevers come true. I am growing and so are they. God is good and sufficient and trustworthy.

Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

We have found a house! Thank you for your prayers. I am excited, it is one block away from the school and one block away from our church. This makes it very convenient for me to run over and have lunch with my kiddos, and help in the classrooms. God is good and has enabled me to still have my heart's desire. To help educate my children!

Katrina said...

I homeschool mine starting at first grade and then I put them into school either in the 4th grade or the 5th grade, depending on the child. Each time one of mine is ready to go to regular school, I have a mixture of emotions. First, I'm sad to see them go. I love homeschooling! There's a part of me that wants to keep them homeschooling. But then on the other hand, I'm excited to see them start regular school. I like packing them a lunch each day, having them come home with homework and stories to tell me of their day. I like that they are having fun each day with friends. I like the things that the school does with them that I don't, like the laptop program and the Revolutionary play that all 5th graders participate in, and the 4th grade Gold Rush Day that they have at the end of their California Gold Rush unit study. The 5th graders go to Science camp in our local mountains and stay for 4 days. Each one of my kids has loved that experience. I always tell people that I love homeschooling my children, and I love having them go to school. Since I can't pick just one way and be happy with that, I just do both! That gives my kids both experiences, and it gives ME both experiences. I know it's not everyone's day to do things, but it's our way, and so far it's working great.

Good luck with your move! Sounds like the perfect location, just one block away from the school. We live just a couple blocks from our school and my kids have always enjoyed walking home. (I drive them in the mornings, though, just because I want to make sure they get there on time!)

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

If it wasn't for you and your example, I don't know that I would have had the courage to homeschool my kids. I know how you have agonized over this decision. It doesn't matter if other people judge you or not. I'm glad to see you being a God pleaser and not a man pleaser. God will reward your obedience in so many ways. I love you and look forward to visiting you in your new house when God decides to move you! What an adventure you are on :) It's a nail-biter! Love you, Sis!

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