Well, as you probably (hopefully) noticed, I took a little blogging break for a few months. But I have a good excuse! At the beginning of February, I started working part time from home for Craft Warehouse in Gresham. I am now making samples for the store displays. It's pretty much the most perfect job for me and I am THRILLED! But, with that and homeschooling my boys, plus just being a normal busy mom/wife, I haven't been able to make time for blogging. However, my goal is starting working on the blog more and start posting some of the projects I've been making. (I'm averaging about 10-15 projects a week between scrapbook pages, cards, home decor, etc. so you'd think I'd have tons to share.) Thank you for sticking around and I hope you stop by again soon!
We've made a huge change in our family this year in that we are homeschooling for the first time! It was not an easy decision to make but now that we are 7 weeks in I can unequivocally say - I love it.
My oldest, Isaiah (4th grade) used to go to a public charter school and even though it is amazing academically, it is VERY strict, structured and allows no room for the kids to just be kids. And while he was always at the top of his class, he was also always exhausted and stressed. Almost every time I dropped him off I would question whether or not we were making the best decision on having him go there. The problem is, we live in a pretty terrible school district and standard public school is just not an option for us and we can't afford private school. (Now let me clarify, I am not opposed to public school in general it's just not a fit for my kids at this point.) I was also worried about Theo (Kindergarten) going there as is he very wild, creative and silly - not a great fit for the charter school. As I wrestled with (and prayed and cried) where my kids were going to go to school, I had many, many friends that decided to homeschool this year but I really didn't think I could ever do it. There were so many doubts - I'm not structured enough, I want my freedom, what if I can't teach them everything, what if they turn out to be social weirdos, etc. But I kept coming back to the small voice inside me whispering, "Just try it." So I did. A week before school was supposed to start I pulled them out and at this point, it's one of the best decisions I've ever made. We all LOVE IT! We are all so happy and the mark in Isaiah is especially obvious, he's sillier, laughs more, cuddles more. We are blessed! There are definitely challenges, mainly on me and my time management, but the pros so greatly outweigh the cons. (Isaiah working on Geography.)
Have you considered homeschooling but think you can't do it? My advice to you - just try it. You might end up loving it and if you don't, you can always send your kiddos back to school. The important thing is to listen to that voice inside you and go with your gut. You never know where it might lead you! I'm so glad I made the leap!
Hey there! Welcome to Starburst Studio, the craft and lifestyle blog of Katie Stilwater. I'll be here sharing all sorts of fun things from my life as a wife and mama to four wonderful little boys. I've been blogging on and off for five years, but this is my new blogging home. I hope you stop by often and find lots of inspirations for making life as a mama fun and stylish!