From Our Family
Hello friends! Here we are in thisnewspringseasonreintro- ducing this old column called From Our Family to Yours!
Gena Suarez and I missed this personal
touch where we let you know what is going on in our lives as well as what is going
on in the magazine. So, she and I will take
turns letting you know what is happening
in our lives.
Being a California girl much of my life, it
was quite a shock when my husband’s job
moved us to Colorado a year and a half
ago. Initially, this was a difficult adjustment moving away from all of our family
and friends and two grown children. But,
our oldest son and his wife decided to move
here with us, and we brought our five children who still lived at home, so we still had
a full house. We decided to look at it as an
adventure from the Lord’s hand. And it certainly has been!
Jonathon and his wife, Abby, found jobs
at a large Christian church here in CO.
Joshua, 20, works at the local small town
grocery store and despite several attacks on
his health and his wallet, has been on two
trips to Guatemala since we’ve been here.
Our 17 year old, Caleb, who will graduate
this year, just accepted a job back in California where his sister, Hannah, works.
So, we now have another responsible adult
away from home. Although my mother
heart misses him, I know that it was the
best decision as he was getting anxious to
do something different. The story of Jeannie Fulbright’s son is similar, as she sent
him off to backpack through Europe and he
came back a very different young man!
So, we have an interesting mix: 3 grown
adults in CA, 3 grown adults here, and 3
children we are still homeschooling: Mercy
( 15), Hope ( 13), and Jacob ( 9). Where did
all my babies go? I can’t believe our little
Adonai Academy will graduate our fifth
child this May with only three more to go.
The days are long, but the years go by fast,
and I am seeing the many rewards of homeschooling for the long haul, and the benefits
of demonstrating that kind of perseverance
to our children.
One of the first things we did here was try
to get our house organized in a fashion that
would help us all. Organization is not my specialty, but it is Abby’s. (Check out the articles
on organizing your preschooler organizing your high schooler, and organizing your
schoolwork for the road!) After she helped set
us up, she started working from home as my
assistant. I have been working here at TOS
for over 15 years. So many of us homeschool
moms work full time or part time while still
homeschooling, but there are always pros and
cons to consider.
The spring weather here is highly unpredictable. A beautiful sunny and warm day
and then wind and snow arrive later the
same day. We dress in layers and always
bring a jacket wherever we go. I am looking forward to planting a small garden, but
because of the uncertain weather, we have
to wait until mid-May. Right now, everything is dead, or we have mud. But what
better way for kids to learn than to play in
This “spring” weather also brings icy
What’s Coming Next?
roads which makes for a lot of accidents,
and I’ve been told this is also tornado
country out here on the plains. As a fam-
ily, it has been important that we all stay in
communication. And, in light of so many
emergency situations we have seen nation-
wide, we asked an expert to give us some
hints on family communication during
emergencies. Let’s pray for protection and
We are so excited about the fact that we are
now printing both the Summer and Winter issues! What’s coming up in Summer
content is just as exciting! We will have articles about current homeschool stats and
the dangers of common core. We cover
careers in flight, NASA, gifted kids, grammar, American folklore, getting your kids
to write, and tearless homeschool math.
We even have homekeeping with berries
and jam making! Plus, you get to hear
from a homeschool mom like you in our
Show and Tell story as well as hear from
Gena in this new column! You won’t want
to miss this!
See you next issue! And in the meantime,
remember that what God has called you to
do, He will both make you able to do and
will also provide what you need to do it.
Keep persevering as you keep them Home
Where They Belong.
Deborah Wuehler is the Senior Editor for
TOS, participating author in The Home-school Minute, wife to Richard, and mom
to eight gifts from heaven. She loves digging
for buried treasure in the Word, reading,
writing, homeschooling, and dark chocolate! You may contact her at senioreditor
@ TheOldSchoolhouse .com.
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