I’m not new to blogging. I’m not new to parenthood…my oldest just turned eight. However, I am new to attempting to make time for myself in the midst of a crazy season of life. After having three babies in 4 years and 3 months, moving approximately eleventy million times in those 4 years and 3 months, and learning three languages in those 4 years and 3 months, I feel like I am finally coming out of crazy. My youngest is almost 4. I’ve been studying the same language for the last five years. And we’ve lived in the same apartment for over three years. My life is getting simpler.
As my life gets simpler, it also gets more complicated. Just a couple years ago I didn’t have any children in school. I had all “littles” at home. But now I’m embarking on the adventure of homeschooling while living abroad, a topic that seems to have very little written about it. As I embark on this adventure I also find myself able to spend a little more time on myself, doing things I enjoy, not just things I have to do to survive. And one of the things I enjoy is blogging, networking, and sharing resources. So here I am. I hope to provide a starting point for other moms in the same situation as I find myself: having to choose between national school in a language that is not my children’s first one, or homeschool. Or a combination, which is where we have currently landed.
Here you’ll find my thought processes and results of those thoughts. Resources. Encouragement. Ideas. But above all you’ll find a safe place. Because let’s face it, Homeschoolers Abroad: we’re in a more difficult place than Homegrown Homeschoolers. We don’t have the same resources. We don’t have the same community. But we can do this. And we can do it well. So let’s join together, encourage one another, and support each other as we embark on one of the hardest but most rewarding journeys we’ve ever taken.