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Sunday, March 22, 2009


The kids & I are moving next week to my parents' house. Dh and I are getting a divorce and have been separated since February 1st. I haven't been able to write about it and probably will never be able to write about the details that led to these events. I'm sorry for my silence but it has been necessary to prevent from sharing too much while we are still going through the legal issues.

Anyways, we're moving. Beginning a new life, unfortunately in the fall the kids will be going to school, Danny to either an elementary school program for pre-kindergarten or individual preschool and Camille will either be in 3rd or 4th grade depending on well she tests on a standardized test in May. I will begin a new job April 5th, a full-time position with benefits.

I will be afterschooling as much as I can, I can sit here and be idealistic and scheme all the wonderful things we'll be doing but I've learned recently that you just do what you can do, when you can do it. I've put off college for myself until Fall, I was supposed to start April 6th but goodness, I can't do everything! Lol.

I will continue blogging about our adventures, we'll probably be homeschooling through the summer to help Camille be ready for public school in the fall but the blog will be more about what we do on excursions and trials we face rather than about the nitty-gritty of homeschooling. I doubt there will be anymore schedules aligning curricula and curricula reviews. I cannot believe how many books I've sold in the last month or donated to others.

I have plenty to say about my hopes for us but I'm not willing to expand on that until we have settled into our new life that is quickly approaching. I have solid goals for attaining a Bachelor's of Science- Business Administration degree and getting us on solid footing financially. Dave Ramsey's Total Money Makeover has been such a blessing!

I'll blog again when I can.




Anonymous said...

Jessica, I knew this was what you were going through because it was exactly what I went through two years ago and in the same fashion, job and all.

I ended up staying in my marriage and we are still trying to work things out-it has not been easy, but it was the road that I was to take, for now at least.

I admire your courage and pray for God to give you all the strength you need.

I look forward to reading about your life, your schooling, and journey, even if that has nothing to do with homeschooling.

You were a great asset to the homeschooling community, but you are more than a homeschooler, you are a person with dreams and goals and a life to live and enjoy with your children.

I know that no matter the path you take, your children are blessed to have a mom who cares so much for them and I have no doubt that they will excell in the school system because of your support.

I wish you all the best and I know that God will give it to you. You are a good person!

Much Love in Christ,

Dee in sunny FL! (

Umm Khadijah said...

I've only commented once before, but have been following your blog for a short while, and enjoying your posts.
I was very sad to hear your news, hope things will work out for the best for you and your children in your new life.
Keep your head up, and keep strong, you seem like a great mum.
Look forward to reading more. Tk care.

Blondie said...


You are a strong woman and I admire you for taking control of your life! I, too, will hang around to support and encourage you as you travel this road.

Philippians 4:13


Saille said...

I will keep reading and following your adventures. I am sorry for all the troubles, and impressed at the way you are making lemonade from your lemons.

Kris TX said...


I've been following your blog and it has been a source of inspiration and motivation for me as a newbie. Good luck. When God closes a door, he opens a window very soon. The window is either waiting for you or you have already found it. I hope the kids are fine and good luck in your new adventures! GOD BLESS!

Kris, Tx

Teacher of One said...

I look forward to reading your new chapter. Hugs and prayers

John and Marsha said...

I too thought this was happening in your life. I know its difficult when you suddenly see your life completely different than what it is. Changes will be swift, but from what I've seen here and on the WTM site you will be fine, your children will excel and complete fulfilment will be yours.

I will continue to check in to see how you are doing. Good luck!

Chris said...

You know my dd and I are avid readers of your blog--she enjoys hearing what Camille is doing, as they are in the same grade. Dd has gone to school this year--I'll bet Camille tests right into 4th grade, and may even be ahead of the game in many ways. We will keep you all in prayer.
Chris in VA and Nature Girl.

Penny said...

Jessica - my heart goes out to you and your dear children - I wish you the best of luck in your new life, and am sorry for the disappointment in your old one.

Let me know if you miss any of those books you sold/gave away - maybe I can help.

I know you will soar whatever you do, and your children will soar with you...


jennybell said...

I am sad for your loss. You have to do what you have to do though.

I wanted to homeschool too, but have to be satisfied with afterschooling too, much of which is done through our bedtime reading list.

Good luck on finding new dreams for yourself and your children.

Teacher/Mom said...

My heart goes out to you, Jessica! I will not be foolish enough to say that I know what you are going through, because everyone experiences loss differently.
But, I know that the LORD holds you in the palm of His hand, and that His ways are not always understood this side of heaven. Jesus will walk with you through this trial, and He will show you where to walk, and carry you when it is necessary. You have been, are, and will continue to be an inspiration to the homeschool community. In truth, if we are a parent then we are a homeschooler, for home is where the greatest of all educations take place. We could live without reading, writing and arithmetic. It is our parents and families that teach us about love, honor and Truth. That is what you have striven to teach your children. And I know that those lessons will not stop just because they will be receiving the rest of their education elsewhere. May the LORD bless you in the future He has laid out for you. May He grant you peace and rest as He renews your soul and opens doors for you to walk through. Blessings.

Tracy said...

I was hoping everything was okay when you hadn't blogged in a while. I am so sorry to hear of your divorce. I praise God you have been able to find a job and can live with your family, He is the great provider. I look forward to reading how you and the children do with your new life and pray you will be blessed abundantly in it.


Jennifer said...

So sorry that you are going through such hard times right now and that you're having to make so many difficult changes and decisions.

I know that you will be able to do get through this though and your children will be able to see how strong and capable you are!

Lavender and Roses said...

Praying for you in your new journey, may God bless you and your children and guide your ways.

the good, the bad & the ugly said...

So sorry to hear about the tough time you are having! Praying for you right now.

Our Family said...

Jessica, this is Mean Ol' Mama in Bainbridge checking on you and thinking of you. Keep your head up. Remember us, okay? Remember the song you helped write, "...thank you for my cross that keeps me looking up..." Keep in touch.

Angela said...

Keep your head up Jessica- You are so bright and talented, use those gifts to get you through this rough period!

We Love You!

Mom to 5 Boys said...

You truly are a strong woman. Although I rarely post, I always read your blog. You've given great insights and ideas. Heavenly Father will be there for you during these trials. We will keep you in our prayers and thoughts and look forward to read about your journeys.

LaShawn said...

Delurking to say how sorry I am.

I went through a divorce when my older two were 4 and someone who has been there I will be praying for you and your kids that you will come out of this stronger and happier in the end.

My best to you!

ReBecca said...


I'm saddened to hear that you and your husband will be divorcing, I've already started praying for you both. Allow the Lord to be your guide and keep Him first in all you do, and remember his promises - He never fails!


Anonymous said...

Jessica, I am not usually one to comment, though I follow your blog often. I have missed seeing new blogs, however, you obviously needed to tend to things. I don't ever comment because I never know what to say and this seems to be one of those times, but I feel I need to at least say I am praying for you and your family. You are such a blessing and probably have more blog friends than you'll ever know! Allyson

Anonymous said...

Jessica, you will be in my prayers. I've been following your blog for at least a year and follow you on WTM. I know that it will be a hard transition,but you've got so many people that are going to be praying for you and your children. Please keep writing because we will all keep reading!

Shannon C

Anonymous said...


So sorry to hear about your loss. I have been an avid reader of your blog for about two years--ever since I began looking into schooling for my children and found such great inspiration in your own journey. I afterschool my son through pre-k and now kindergarten, and your strength and creativity in your own homeschool plans has provided me with tons of encouragement and hope. Remember you are a great mom to two great kids, and a very brave and strong woman as you set out on your new path. You are also a beloved daughter of God, who is holding you close now (and always). I will continue praying for you, and look forward to following your new life in your blog.

Rebecca in NC

heidi said...

I'm keeping you in my prayers.

School for Us said...

Jessica, I've been reading your blog for a long time and appreciate the incredible gifts you've given to me and other homeschoolers - the inspiration and plans.

I'm sorry forthis difficult time in your life. I will continue to read your blog as you post and pray for you and your family. May God continue to be a light unto your path and lead you all in the way you should go.


Kris said...

I have been praying since you first indicated some difficulties, and I prayed your writing pause reflected a time of healing. The news is terribly sad.

The words that appear when someone leaves a comment seem to be the most fitting right now:

“Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."
- Christopher Robin to Pooh by A.A. Milne


strider said...

Jessica--My thoughts and prayers are with you. --strider

Anonymous said...

I've never commented on a blog before, but I just wanted to say that I think you are doing a wonderful job prioritizing what is important now - facing reality and getting on a strong financial footing. Your news doesn't really come as a surprise -- I saw it in your blog, between the lines. Best of luck! You have such strength of character & determination -- my sense is that you & your children will come through this stronger than ever.
Alessandra from WTM (& an afterschooler)

christinemm said...

I've been thinking of you.

Nicely stated post.

The base thing is to do what is needed for survival and basic living and a healthy and safe atmosphere for you and your children. How and where a child is educated comes second to those basic living things. Your kids will be fine.

I'll still be reading your blog when you have time to post. Feel free to do very short blog posts, not every post need be long or deep philosophically.

I view this as a time of hope and renewal for you and your children, not of sadness or bad news. You are making good changes for the betterment of your children and yourself!

Keep your chin up and move forward...

barrellfullofmonkeys said...

I'm so sorry your family is going thru such a sad time. Praying for all of you! I'll miss your homeschooling posts, they've been an inspiration to many of us out here in bloggy-land, but I look forward to seeing how God uses this difficult time in your life to remind you of his never ending love and care for His children.

Kathy D.

Tracy said...

I confess to being a blog lurker, but I had to write you today.

I am so sorry for what you're going through. I will keep you and your children in my prayers.

I know this must be so difficult for you, but the way you are working to improve your life is inspiring.

You are a great mom.


Linda...inOwasso said...

You've inspired me more than you'll ever know. God bless you on your new journey. I will miss reading about your passionate life of home-schooling, but have no doubts you'll make the best of your new situation. You're a remarkable young woman with an abundance of talents. Peace be with you!

Maria Hart said...

I, too, have lurked on your blog. Good luck with this new chapter of your life. It is clear to me how many remarkable abilities you have, and homeschooling (and many of us) has been the recipient of those efforts for a while. If you apply even a small amount of that creativity and ingenuity to your new job, education, and plans for your kids, you will certainly never be mediocre. I wish for you all the success, in all its forms, that you can muster for yourself and hope the Lord will be generous in His tender mercies to your family.

Alycia in Va. said...

prayers and best wishes on this new phase of your life. Let go and let GOD.


5atkins said...

Continue to seek God! Praying for you! In Him, Eva

Anonymous said...

Praying now. Hugs. Calming Tea

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry:) You are always in my thoughts. If it is any encouragement at all, my kids started public school this past year and actually love it. They wanted to go though.. so it may turn out to be a good thing:) Just trying to be positive. Hang in there girl... you have always been an inspiration to me:)