I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord.” (1 Samuel 1:27-28)
Hi there — I’m Marcy and you probably know by now that I am the mommy in the story (and the “me” in Ben and Me). Our adoption of this precious baby boy changed my life and today Ben has gone from a Lego-lovin’, rock climbin’, animal-obsessed little boy who dreamt of some day becoming a veterinarian and applying to NASA to a graduate of our homeschool who is now considered a military career. His favorite school subjects are science and history. His least favorite subject is math. Therefore, my least favorite subject is math.
Tom and I have been married for 23 years, but we dated for 7, so that means we’ve together pretty much forever. We live in the beautiful state of Kentucky, where he has always lived, but not me — I am a transplant from Arkansas, via Florida. Woo pig soohie!
We decided to homeschool Ben at the age of 3 when he taught himself how to read, and I was sure he was a genius (he’s not). By the time he started kindergarten, that didn’t matter because it was crystal clear that school would not be for him. He was never still, never quiet, and was reading several grades above his grade level. I could hear the kindergarten teacher in my head — Ben, sit down! Ben, be quiet! Ben, leave that alone! Ben! Honestly, I’ve spoken those words a few times myself!
Diagnosed at the age of 9, Ben is gifted with ADHD. While we truly believe this is a gift for him (even though it comes with many challenges), I know with all my being that homeschooling is best for him because of it.
But that’s not why we continued to homeschool. We continued to homeschool because we believed that as Ben’s parents, it is our God-given responsibility to teach, train and disciple him. It’s hard to do that if you’re not together for most of the day.
Our homeschool was primarily delight-directed, because that’s how Ben learned best. I sometimes refer to it as “homeschooling by the rabbit trail method,” though if I ever write a book about homeschooling, I might title it Homeschooling by the Field Trip Method. You don’t really have to stay home to homeschool, right?
I am also gifted — with Lupus and Fibromyalgia — so things can get kind of crazy around here. The gifts of these diseases are teaching me to take better care of our bodies, His Temples, and to lean on Him every day, but especially on those days when I can barely get out of bed. Ben is learning to be a compassionate, caring servant.
When I’m not blogging, you might find me reading a good book while drinking sweet tea, or crocheting a baby blanket for a friend, neighbor, or our local hospital NICU. I also work as a social media manager, so it’s not unusual to find me on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest (not always as myself).
So that’s us, Ben and me . . . a momma and her boy, spending our days exploring, playing, laughing, learning, living, loving, serving . . . homeschooling . . . together. And sometimes traveling with Dad so he can get in on the good stuff, too.
We’re so glad you stopped by!