We here at HSLDA are pleased to announce the birth of a new weekly column featured here on the HSLDA Blog. This column is your chance to ask any question you like of Jeane and Megan Hendrix, a mother-daughter duo who double as best friends. We are calling this column The Rearview Mirror, since this team will be sharing from their past family and homeschooling experiences. They welcome questions and comments at RearviewMirrorBlog@gmail.com.
Their purpose is to encourage and uplift you in the unimaginably challenging yet immensely rewarding task you have taken on - nurturing and educating completely unique people. Jeane has three grown children: Megan, Nick, and Morgan. They are about as different as siblings can be, yet they were raised to be best friends. As adults, all with their own businesses and interests, they still work every day at being the "cord of three strands that is not quickly broken." They are particularly grateful for this emphasis on family closeness since losing their father in 2010.
Here are a few things we think you should know about Jeane and Megan:
Jeane flew all over the world as a flight attendant before landing to homeschool her three kids through high school. After they successfully graduated from college, Jeane decided to be a student again and leave the teaching to others. When she graduated with a perfect GPA at the head of her nursing class, award in one hand and RN license in the other, all three of her children realized they still had a lot to learn from her. Even with all of her accomplishments, Jeane insists that her three children are her best and only true credentials.
Megan grew up on a barrier island, and helped run a family business with an international clientele since she could laugh (which by all accounts was quite early). She had pet alligators, German pen pals, and an obsession with books. She taught her two younger siblings to read, taught Sunday school and Awana for over eight years and in her gap year before college, became a certified paralegal. After attending Patrick Henry College, interning at the White House, and starting her own business, Megan still enjoys socializing with people both young and old who invariably ask her if she was properly socialized.
Take it away, ladies!
Now that those details are out of the way...we are so pleased to be able to get to know you through this blog! Our prayer is that we will be effective as your cheerleaders. To do this, we will be sharing our personal story as we look in the rearview mirror, highlighting what we did that worked in our family and what we wish we had done differently. We will share some of the good, the bad, and the funny and include resources that were helpful to us. Most importantly, we will include both the opinion of a mother and daughter (which do not always coincide :)
Our personal philosophy is that kids should leave your house, but never your home. With that goal in mind, we will share ideas and resources to assist you in fostering a healthy, positive, and creative home environment that celebrates each family member's unique strengths, and encourages fun. Because, when you get right down to it, fun makes everything better! As Albert Einstein said, “Play is the highest form of research.” We find it best not to argue with Einstein:)
We hope that you (parents and students) will write us about anything that is on your heart. Your questions and comments will always be anonymous unless you request that we share your name and location.
Join us weekly as we cheer your family on to become the vital, beautiful, irresistible unit that not only empowers each member, but also impacts others for Christ!
-Jeane and Megan