From the pages of The Messenger
February/Winter 2014 issue
From the pages of The Messenger
LEAH Newsletter – July 1989
Looking back as we celebrate 30 years as LEAH!
Recently, we stayed in a Bed & Breakfast while visiting our son in Vermont.
There it is. The reason we come together.
My son just graduated from home school high school at age 16! Wow! Years ago I never thought this day would come but here I am and it seems like it was just yesterday when I started homeschooling. As we approached this final year I promised my son that I would run thirty laps around our backyard when he was done all his major subjects for the year. That number comes from how old I was when he was born when the “Trip of a Lifetime” began! I ran my mini-marathon on the day before Resurrection Day, Easter, a day signaling a new beginning. I thank God for sending his Son, Jesus, for without Him there is no hope in the future. As I ran I contemplated the thirty greatest things that have impacted in my life, how I raise my family, and home school, the good, the bad, and the ugly. For many of these things, the question arose, “Why did they happen?” There was no answer. I take comfort in knowing that there is a purpose and a reason for everything under the sun (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8), whether we understand it or not. Over the years I have seen my child’s struggles turn to successes and his failures into triumphs. I could not have done all that I have nor be the person I am today without the people and events in my life that came before. I am thankful for each of them, the good, the bad, and [...]
…may the Lord Jesus minister grace and blessing to you….
“Be anxious for nothing…”
Devotional from Elizabeth Hugo
It’s interesting how the Lord leads you to do something you never thought you’d do.
“…So whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God”
I Corinthians 10:31
This was my first response to Krista’s question to me, “I think we should Homeschool”. Why would we want to do that, I blurted out? Little did I know that this was the most profound and impactful decision she would ever ask me to make. As a young parent I had never stopped to consider the thought of keeping our children home. We were both public schooled and we seemed to turn out OK right? As I pondered the question we began to discuss our oldest daughter’s 45-minute bus ride and all the “new” things she was learning on it at the age of six. At the same time we saw a change in her personality and bearing that we had not created or endorsed. It was these things and some honest retrospect into our own public school experience that finally prompted me to say yes, somewhat reluctantly I must admit. And so began our Homeschool journey. At first I was the ever typical absent Homeschool Dad. I did not encourage Krista in what she was doing, I simply didn’t say no. As time went on and the fruits of her not so insignificant labor began to bear I remember the awe I felt in her insight. I came to live in the knowledge that we were actively participating in our children’s lives and their instruction. More importantly we were able to maintain their innocence and begin to instill in them a respect and a love of learning and most [...]