We Love Homeschooling!
The Unsell children: Houston ( 16), Emmy ( 15), Ally ( 9), Natalie ( 11), Annie ( 13), and Camden ( 7)
Greetings from the heart of Dixieland! We are the Unsell family, and we live in Sweet Home Alabama. I am Jen,
wife to Bryan of nineteen years. We have
six children, two boys and four girls, aged
eleventh year of homeschooling this year.
Not long after we got married, we
transferred to Alabama for Bryan’s work,
and shortly after the move I heard James
Dobson speak about homeschooling on
Our interest in homeschooling be-
gan long before our first child was even
born. My husband and I were living in
California (where we were both born and
homeschooled. They were the only
homeschooling families we knew at the
time. The concept of home education was
still a bit foreign to us, but as I watched
these families, my interest was piqued.
surrounded by families who had walked
ahead of us in this journey. Bryan and I
knew that God was calling us to homeschool as well.
In 2001 our family moved to Tennessee, and the following year we “
officially” began our homeschool journey.
God was once again good to us, and he
led us to a church where we were surrounded by other homeschooling families with children the same age as ours.
Those first few years were full of fun
field trips, park days, holiday parties,
science classes at the zoo, and sometimes extracurricular classes such as art
with our homeschool group from our
church. I look back on those years with
much thankfulness for the sweet memories we were able to build as we began
this grand journey in our lives.
God continued to guide us through the
years as we moved to North Carolina in
With each move, changes took place in
Our interest in
long before our first child
was even born.
his Focus on the Family program. After
hearing what he had to say, my interest
was piqued even more. God has a way
of leading us, and he led us to a church
here in Alabama where a majority of the
During the next eight years, and
through the birth of our first three
children, we had the privilege of being