Thursday, June 24, 2010

Adoption & Homeschooling....similar in so many ways

Let me start this with a disclaimer....I am not interested in putting anyone down because they don't homeschool. This is a choice we have made because we LOVE IT! We want to school our children ourselves and there are many benefits to our family. :)

So this past week I was thinking of how similar adoption & homeschooling are.......

1) There is research in both- the agency, curriculum, how to start, paperwork needed.....etc.

2) Sometimes it varies by state- adoption laws can be very different and so can homeschool laws

3) Both are a calling- I don't think you just do either on a whim. I believe you have to have a calling to do either.

4) Both are a HUGE BLESSING!!!

5) They are both HARD WORK!!!! There is no such thing as an easy adoption - and homeschooling is not easy, but both are worth it :)

6) They both take money- but homeschooling doesn't have to cost a fortune either :)

7) Both are much more fun if you have support!

8) Both affect your family in many far reaching ways.

9) You have looks, and probing by random strangers a lot for both. Both are much harder if you have family or friends who are not excited about it. Yep, have had to explain why to so many people....I gave up counting a long time ago!

10) Thank God we get to do BOTH!!!!

We believe that both are very valuable to raising our children. There are sooo many reasons why. I may do more posts on why later.

For now....just an announcement- I am totally excited that I have lost a few pounds in the last couple of weeks. (I gained too much weight when we lost Naomi.......sometimes we do what we do to get through.) I knew it was time to get serious and get back to my normal self :)

Cute kids quote: As I was tucking in Elizabeth...I was being silly and calling her a little booger.....well she said- mommy I am not a booger otherwise I would be in your nose and that would be gross. I busted out laughing.......too funny. Thanks Elizabeth! You make me smile :)


  1. Great thoughts!

    Yes ... both are a definite calling ... both can be very difficult ... but the BLESSINGS of both are AMAZING!!!

    :) :) :)

  2. Starting the adventure of homeschooling this fall. Our girls just "really need this" and I bet you understand what that means. Most people think that it is because we don't care for our public school. This is not the case and it is not always easy to put into words the calling God has laid on our heart to do this for our daughters. I just know that the peace in my heart about our "new school" in the fall can only be from Him. Thanks for the encouragement:)

  3. Totally agreed with you but not going to lie somedays I do wish some of my kiddos went to school. :)
    Excellent job on losing weight!
    And Elizabeth sounds like a delightful child....nothing like laughter to help us get through the day!
    Much love!

  4. Great post! And good points actually... I know that home schooling isn't my calling...there are times I wish it were, to be honest with you.
    Thanks for sharing your heart.

  5. Yes, both are a calling and are not for everyone, but I am so thankful that BOTH are for me! ;)

    Congrats on the weight loss... I gained a ton of weight when the girls came home. I was in survival mode and I am a stress eater. Now I NEED to get this weight and more off!

  6. Nice post.... I was just telling my hubby- I think that homeschooling has prepared me for this adoption in certain ways.

    Homeschooling and adoption demand dependance on HIM....! Lifechanging, awesome- and such a blessing.

    Enjoy your weekend...

  7. We want to home school as well. This is such an interesting list. I hadn't thought about just how similar they really are.

  8. All the stress of waiting here has caused a lot of eating.. But as of yesterday, Biruktawit is my new trainer;) She is a good one! That's great you've been able to drop a few lbs. It seems impossible for me..

    I think home schooling is great! I went to public school Christian school and was home schooled off and on in between. Home schooling was the best! I learned so much more in that time then I did in any school. I wish I could home school Biruktawit, but we are blessed with a great Christian school that she's in.

  9. I love your family :-)

    And Elizabeth had a very good point.

  10. Hi,
    I hope you don't mind me leaving you a comment. I noticed you have a heart for Him and are a follower of Katie Davis' blog. I'm a 26 year old woman from England who has been called of God to become a Mama to many Ugandan children. I move to Uganda in January of next year and will be taking in children & loving them, just like Katie. I wondered if you might perhaps be interested in my blog. The link is:
    If you aren't, please just ignore this message.
    Have a lovely day!

  11. I LOVE the Elizabeth quote! It reminds me of my kids when they were little. I can't wait to get to meet the rest of your kids one day. I'll bring my camera and we'll have a blast!

  12. I would love to homeschool as well. You are right, it's not for everyone, it's a calling. I really like this list.

  13. So true! great post!!

  14. I came across your blog today! So wonderful! We are a homeschooling family in Utah!