This week, I'm joined by Marcia Somerville, wife of Home School Legal Defense Association Attorney Scott Somerville and author of Tapestry of Grace curriculum. Thank you for joining me, Marcia.
You're welcome, Mike.
Marcia, you homeschooled five of your six children through high school—and you have one more homeschooler still in the nest. Do you ever experience feelings of inadequacy as you approach this huge task?
I sure did, Mike. There was a time when I really wanted to just quit homeschooling, because as I looked at my own past and the great education that I had gotten at a prep school and measured myself with my past, I just felt like I needed to give up right then and there and just put these kids in school, or give them over to some professional who could do a better job than I could. Plus, all the busyness of having a large family and running the household, doing the dishes, and taking care of all the little things is overwhelming many times.
Well, what got you over the feeling of inadequacy?
Mostly prayer, encouragement of others, and this vision of the teaching method that eventually became Tapestry of Grace. That's what got me over it—learning to put all my kids on one topic as I did with Tapestry. But mostly it was God's leading. Tapestry wouldn't be for everybody. It's mostly, if God calls you to do it, He's going to show you a way.
Thank you, Marcia. And until next time, I'm Mike Smith.