Saturday, July 24, 2010


I was up a little later than my better half...and found this when I went to get in bed.

Zombies and sleeping aside, we're gearing up for Homeschooling! I can't wait!

Last time we talked our fam was in the process of joining a church school as our legal umbrella and source of accountability for homeschooling Sister. The weekend before registration began, T and I sat down to fill out our application and realized what had been emailed to us was actually the school guidelines, and NOT the application.

I called first thing that Monday morning (day one of registration) to obtain the correct forms and was told so many applications had already been received that there was "just no way" we'd get in. Reluctantly, the director agreed to email me the application, and with it, she sent a list of other homeschool umbrellas and suggested rather than spend time filling out her forms, we pursue one of these other schools. (She was kind, just very matter of fact.)

My heart sank and filled with anxiety. I was sure this was the umbrella school God had called us to. I also felt like an idiot - I can see waiting until the last minute to fill out the forms (not that that's a good idea or anything), but to even open the attachment! It had been sitting in my inbox for over a month!

So I printed out the 12 pages and began filling them out. They asked all sorts of questions, some were yes or no and some were essay questions. I filled them out quick as I could, loaded the children in the car, and drove it all to the School. The director was out for lunch. I left the forms with the secretary.

I called that afternoon (at T's suggestion) to verify that she had indeed delivered the forms to the school director and got a big fat, "no."

Once I'd been assured the forms were in the proper hands, and reminded that more forms had already been received than there were openings, I sort of mentally checked it off my list and we went about life.

Two weeks later I rummaged through the mail and came across a letter from THE school. With trembling fingers I tore into it and read that we'd been accepted!

We rejoiced. We thanked God. I felt relief. Confirmation. Yes, God had called us to this and that was where He wanted us.

And then I mentioned to a friend that we'd "gotten in."

With great conviction she said, "Y'all were drawn by the hand of God."

I was was like, "I know! This is where He wants us! Isn't this great!?"

And she said, "no, you don't get it. They had more families turn in applications than they'd ever had before and they closed registration at the end of the first day and literally, drew names to see who would get in. Y'all were literally DRAWN by the hand of God."

Makes me pretty excited. I LOVE seeing Him so clearly at work in our lives!!! And I am so thankful He is so, so gracious!!!


  1. I've never heard of an umbrella school. In Oregon, you just fill out a letter of intent and they say "OK". Then you send them test scores for 3rd, 5th, 7th and 9th grades.

    This makes me feel so fortunate that I don't have to worry about this stuff.

    I LOVED the picture of your "Zombie Man"!

  2. His mercies never cease, Praise Him! Thank you for sharing this to encourage me and give glory to God.

  3. Your story brought tears to my eyes. I remember that panic over schooling (on a much lesser scale) when I forgot to go to God's House to register y'all. God took care of all the details. I am so excited for you and want to support you in any way I can. Will you please let me know your needs? ily bobo

  4. Yes, the LORD is *SO* gracious and loving and kind and merciful and...and...and...we are *SO* blessed to belong to HIM!!

    I will be praying for you as you begin this journey, for it IS a journey and WILL change and it is ALL good!! :)


  5. So exciting! I can't wait to hear about your new adventure!

  6. I was so happy to read your post and to see the comments Praising our Awesome God. You have a wonderful bunch of readers. Please email me any prayer requests during your journey.

  7. I was so happy to read your post and to see the comments Praising our Awesome God. You have a wonderful bunch of readers. Please email me any prayer requests during your journey.

  8. I loved seeing your comments on my blog as I have been following yours for awhile now (found as a link through your sister's blog)! I should have commented long ago. You have a beautiful family and I love reading about your perspective on life and motherhood.

    What a great story about getting accepted to the homeschooling umbrella! God is good. I look forward to hearing how this first hs year goes!

  9. Congrats!! I hope yall enjoy homeschooling!!

  10. Praise Him. It is such a roller coaster -- the act of entrusting our children to Him -- but only because of our humanness. He is so faithful to provide and so gracious to affirm.

    So happy for you all.

  11. Love it! To me, a great reminder of God's providence!!!! Love your praise and glory to Him for all that He does!!!! You are pointing us to Him!!! :)