08 Jul Bethany’s Story
Hey, y’all. Welcome to Momma’s Desk! Our only goals here are: to be vulnerable in sharing our experience with home education so that we might encourage your own personal journey; and provide resources that help you make the most of your school day and spark endurance in your heart.
I am the second oldest of four and a big advocate for an education rooted in the arts. My middle school and high school years were saturated with classical harp lessons and orchestral performance training. I have a big heart for students that thrive when they have a music outlet, used to strengthen their brains and renew their hearts. I personally view the liberal arts side to my education as invaluable and credit it for a large part of who I am today.
Some of my struggles as a young student were in the subject of English. Reading, writing, and spelling were the areas where I had to devote twice as much effort and time and sometimes lead to tears. My strengths were math, science, and music; these just came naturally to me. Although I had subjects that were a challenge and subjects that were easier, I believe that every student is both “left brained and right brained”, meaning they can be both logical and creative, both musical and mathematical, both colorful and linear. I am evidence that, with patience and persistence, students can conquer those difficult subjects.
I am definitely not a “cookie-cutter” student. I have often done traditional things out of order in my education and have completed my elementary and college years in a way that might cause others to ask, “Why?” The best way I can explain this to outsiders looking in on my story is that God’s plan for my life is ALWAYS the best plan. It would have been easier for me as a little girl to have reading come naturally, but that wasn’t in God’s plan. It would have been easier for me to pick an instrument that did not demand two hours on the road just to accomplish weekly lessons, but that wasn’t in God’s plan. It would have been easier to accomplish the six months of mission work I felt called to after completing college classes, rather than in the middle of them, but that wasn’t in God’s plan. It would have been easier for me to finish my bachelor’s degree at a popular university with a normal class schedule, but that wasn’t in God’s plan. So many of the moments in my life that have shaped the core of who I am have not been the easiest, but they definitely have all been apart of God’s plan.
I’m honored to share my own personal stories of how God has used my homeschool education and experiences to accomplish His plan for my life.