I want to thank Lori for giving me the chance to introduce myself to some new friends!
My name is Nicole, and I am a homeschooling mama from Sunshine-y Florida. I am blessed to be married for fifteen years now to my wonderful hubby. He is truly my best friend, and we have a great time together.
We have three awesome kids (of course): our oldest, affectionately known as Turtle for online purposes, is happily, hormonally twelve. She loves to play competitive soccer and various games on her phone, and, after a brief re-entry into public school earlier this year, is now back home with us.
Firefly is ten, and definitely the spirited one of the bunch. She also plays travel soccer, and has a competitive edge that is actually a little scary sometimes! She also has Sensory Processing Disorder, (www.spdfoundation.net) which is a tricky little neurological disorder that can quickly throw our family for a loop--daily.
Our Bug is six, and our only boy. He is sweet and smart and spoiled rotten! He loves Legos, Hot Wheels, and, of course, soccer (not that he was given much of a choice, lol!)
This is our fourth year of homeschooling. We came to it in a rather selfish way--I was simply ready to put our family onto our own schedule. I was tired of having to rush around to put my toddler down for his nap so I could wake him up to go pick up his sisters from school. I was tired of waking my girls up every day to rush them out the door for school. I was tired of asking teachers / administrators when I could take my family on vacation.
So, we entered the homeschool world.
I'm so eternally glad we did!
I still love the freedom and the flexibility. But now I also love the family bonds that we have. I love that we have all grown closer to God through this journey. I love that we can do things at our own pace--that my Kindergartner can sit down to devour a book over breakfast for an hour, that my fourth-grader can take almost a full year to master her multiplication tables, that my junior high kiddo can spend an hour a day teaching herself how to make a family newsletter on the computer.
This one-year-at-a-time trip might end up being a years-long journey after all!
Again, I just want to say a big "thank you" to Lori, and extend the invitation for you to come on over and visit me at http://www.schoolinginthesun.blogspot.com. I'm working on a new journey now--the journey of being REAL, and so far it's been a really fun ride!