Being Intentional

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If you have been reading my blog for awhile you know that we homeschool our children.

Sometimes I am amazed at our decision, how it was made and the joy and ease it has added to our life…but that is another post.

We will officially begin our school year after Labor Day.

Our oldest will be going into fourth grade, our middle into second and little Benjamin is just along for the ride at this point.

These weeks before school start are filled will planning, ordering and figuring out the schedule for the year.

Our children go to an enrichment school one a week.

On Saturday night my husband and I headed out on a date.

The true purpose of this date was to talk about our school year and the children…just the two of us.

I usually give him a run down of what we will be doing.

This year I pulled out my "notes" and shared what subject each of the children will be studying and the curriculum we are using.

I went through the unit studies for the year.

Kelly asked if he could take over one of the courses (because he loves it) and I was VERY willing to give it up.

We talked about each child and the educational and personal goals we had for them.

We talked about goals for our family.

We were being intentional and I felt so connected to this man.

This father and husband.

It is so easy for me to just do the things that need to be done and not include him.

When I stop and let him into our schedule he loves it too.

It also took a weight off of me.

I was sharing this huge responsibility!

He knows what we are studying.

He is so proud of the children and what they are learning.

He supports me and the job I do in educating them.

To sit with him and talk honestly about our children and where we want them to go…

How we want them to grow….was the perfect way to start this school year.

I know there will be a day when we don't homeschool.

I still want to do this.

I can't imagine not starting every year off like this now…..being intentional….about the children and our family.

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  1. the wild raspberry

    what a wonderful way to begin…that is great that your husband is so involved in the process~~ i forget to do that sometimes.
    best wishes to you on your school year!
    hugs
    chasity

  2. pagie

    that’s awesome
    just connecting & making sure each of you is on the same page. not only is that obviously great for the children’s school but strengthening ya’lls marriage too.
    best wishes for a great school year!!’
    i think you’re super!!
    xo

  3. jamie

    I really give you so much Credit for Homeschooling. Your husband sounds as dedicated as you and I’m sure that makes things even better. Have a wonderful school year, Jamie

  4. Sheila Tattered Goods

    I think what a tough job this is… I think what an an amazing parent you are to take on such a role. You and your Hubs are the ones preparing them for their future in so many more ways then the norm… I commend you. I say if you have the patience… and boy you must have them and the organizational skills along with the time, what a wonderful gift to give your children. I love how your husband is on board with helping WOW! We have a few friends that do a charter school and I think their amazing as well. I on the other hand could not and will not attempt to do this 🙂 I love the school my Girls are in, it is like a privates school to us, compared to what we had when we were in school. Jeanne enjoy the rest of your weekend, good luck on your first day of school. I know through God all things are possible!
    Sheila

  5. amy

    so nice, jeanne. what a great feeling to be intentional about family and children with the one you love. i want to know what he’d like to know what course he might be teaching. sounds like fun for the kids and him!

  6. Cori Smith

    Jeanne…I have so much admiration for those people who are willing to take on the huge challenge of home schooling. In your case, you are not doing it alone. You and your husband are working as a team towards a very important goal. Who benefits? Your children, of course…but also your marriage. It’s another important connection that keeps you bonded..bravo!

  7. Jackie

    Lovely post! I love that Kelly wants to teach a course and be so involved – it’s great when dads are so much a part of their kids’ lives. I always love when I feel like we’re working as a team… and it does make things easier and more fun!

  8. The Flying Bee

    Jeanne,
    I love that you homeschool your children. I have thought of doing that so many times,too. My oldest son has autism and I am really praying about what to do next year when he will be in junior high. I am just waiting for God to show me. What a blessing to have a supportive husband, I thank God all the time for mine!
    I hope you and the children have a wonderful school year!
    Adrienne

  9. kristen

    I’m inspired and urged to ask a question? How did you know that homeschooling was right for you & your kids? Did you ever wonder if YOU were smart enough to be the teacher- b/c that is definitely NOT what I went to college for and school was always a struggle for me- so that’s my fear. How old were your children when you made that choice? did public school scare you off or did you just always know that your choice was homeschooling? Thanks for the insight 🙂

  10. tracey

    How blessed you are to have such a wonderful husband! I was just telling K last week that I think you are simply amazing, with all of the items you MAKE for your shop, all that you do, and you homeschool as well! You’re one of my heroes Jeanne 🙂

  11. Becky @ Farmgirl Paints

    Good for you Jeanne. Such an important job. What a great husband to be interested and to want to be involved like that. That is awesome.
    I find that I do the same thing sometimes with my honey. I leave him out, thinking he doesn’t have time etc…But if I would just include him he would probably step up and take a more active role.

  12. Lara Blair

    You blow me away—how on earth do you find the time to do everything so WELL? I’m truly in awe. Your kids (and your hub) are very lucky to have you as their mom/wife.
    Happy school year!

  13. Lara,
    I don’t do everything so well. I can usually…maybe…do one of those things well a day:-) If I am a good wife and mother….everything else gets ignored. If I am focusing on the business…well…you get the idea.
    I hope you had a great weekend,
    Jeanne
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  14. elisa

    Homeschool kids are so blessed…I know because I home schooled my two oldest for a time. I loved being there present with them. It’s going to be a great year for your kiddos.

  15. Zita - Mlle Magpie

    Very impressive Jeanne. Such a huge commitment – I’m glad your husband is helping to lighten the load. I have to tell you this little anecdote because I think it’s so funny. Yesterday while we were driving back from the farmhouse, my daughter who is in grade four told Dad that the other day when he helped her with her math homework, she got it all wrong! (he has a PhD in computer science/math!)

  16. judy

    I absolutely admire you and your husband. Not only have you made a commitment to God…you have made a commitment to your husband and children. I love that you share this with your husband. It makes your bond with him even stronger. God Bless your family!

  17. Sasha

    Wow… I could have said all of these very things about our first week last week too… I am amazed at how being intentional changes everything. Very sweet post.

  18. LuLu

    Your children are so blessed to have both parents wanting the best for them. Your school year is going to be wonderful.
    I’m so excited for you,
    LuLu

  19. lissa

    Hi my sweet, friend Jeanne!!
    My hubby and I are going to start having Thurs night dates starting this week!!
    so excited!!
    Being intentional!

  20. Judy,
    Thank you so much for your kind and encouraging words. It was such a sweet night for us to really share what we want for the children. It is sad how fast the day to day can get and we forget to do this.
    Have a wonderful week,
    Jeanne
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  21. frenchgardenhouse

    What a great post! Not only are you blessing your family {and yourselves}by sharing everything about your homeschooling year, you are mentoring to other Moms who read your blog. I know that God will bless this time for all of you!
    I loved my time of homeschooling, at times I miss it {although my kids are older} Praying for a wonderful year ahead for you….xo Lidy

  22. emily ruth

    so awesome…it’s like the coolest parent/teacher-parent/teacher conference ever (did someone else already say that? i haven’t read the other comments yet) i love that you admitted this part: ‘It is so easy for me to just do the things that need to be done and not include him.’ because it’s so true for stay at home moms (probably all moms, really) & i love that now you do something that doesn’t make that a part of your life any more (or not as much at least :)…thanks for the encouragement…even though i’m not a homeschooler i might just have to make this a new thing for brian & i, too…such a nice, connecting way to start the school year…

  23. Lidy,
    Thank you so much for your sweet, sweet words! You really made my day. I really hope this time will be looked back on foundly.
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