Advice From Peggy
Posted by homeschoolmentormom on April 10, 2011
A dear friend of mine passed away a few days ago, straight into the arms of Jesus. She was a Godly woman, beloved of many, and a mentor to hundreds (if not thousands) of homeschoolers–including me. We had a special “sisterhood” since we had both already lost our moms, and continued to miss them terribly.
Peggy was a woman of vision who served the homeschooling community since 1993 as a support group founder/leader, private school administrator (in CA homeschoolers are private schoolers, so many form their own schools–in some states these are called “umbrella schools”– which provide services for/oversee the work of homeschoolers), and mentor. Peggy was a gifted teacher, as many blessed homeschool graduates can attest; she especially loved to share her love of science (she was an archeologist/creation scientist who loved to share her fossils.) But perhaps two of Peggy’s greatest gifts were the gifts of love and encouragement.
Whenever any of us “moms” were discouraged, she was the “go to” person. We were guaranteed encouragement and a hearty hug…and she always seemed to know just what to say (perhaps because she had already successfully homeschooled her own four children all the way through high school, so she knew what we were going through.) I can remember several times when I was upset about something that was going on with my kids—when I was worried about their behavior, or worried that they weren’t learning enough. She gave me some great advice, which I will now pass along to you. I remember her hugging me and saying, “Now listen, sweetie. Your kids are going to be just fine. You are teaching them about the Lord, and that is the most important thing. If we can teach our children to know and love the Lord, how to read and write well, how to do basic math, and how to do research (so that they can look up anything else they want to learn–fill in any “gaps”), then what else do they need? We’ve given them all the necessary tools to succeed—to become anything the Lord calls them to be.” That advice always comforted me. It really makes homeschooling seem “doable”, doesn’t it?
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