In the fall of 1996 when we began our homeschool journey with 3yr old Aaron and pre-k, Jordan was just 15 months old. Back then when asked how long I would homeschool my answer was always, “As long as God tells me to.” Here we are 16 school years later and my 16yo “baby” graduates tonight with 6 other homeschoolers from our umbrella school, Hope Presbyterian School.
It has been a long, fulfilling, fun and sometimes difficult road but I would do it again in a heartbeat. Proverbs 22:6 says “Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.” That mandate to train up my children is one I have never taken lightly. Now that my children are older and more independent it is amazing to watch them be the thoughtful, helpful caring young men we have raised them to be.
One thing you learn when you homeschool more than one child is that every child is different. They learn differently, they have different strengths and weaknesses and different likes and dislikes. One joy of homeschooling is tailoring my child’s education to fit their needs.
Homeschooling Jordan aka “The Goof” has been a fun ride. I think one of his goals is to make everyone he comes in contact with, laugh. He has always been a gentle, caring, fun-loving child and he has become a gentle, caring, fun-loving young man. Outside of the classroom he volunteers as a Junior Bible Quiz coach, assistant Children’s Pastor and as a chat host for LightforceRadio.com. He is truly a servant leader who doesn’t seek the spotlight, though it often finds him.
In the fall Jordan will be attending State College of Florida majoring in Business Management. His love for automobiles has led him to want to manage, and some day own a Ford dealership. He will continue his volunteer efforts at church and in the community bringing the Light of Christ with him wherever he goes.
Jordan, I am proud to be your mom. Congratulations on your high school graduation.