Just a Mom

Jenifer as a mom and her husband

Some women are dream of maintaining a career while raising their children. Some women find it necessary to work to pay bills even though they would rather be at home raising their children. Some women dream of staying at home all day long.

Jenifer is that woman. She is just a mom. She’s not the stereotypical stay at home mom who is lazy during the day although I have yet to meet a stay at home mom who is.

[Tweet “Jenifer lives for her children. Her joy is found in watching their happiness and joy.”]

Jenifer is very actively involved in the education of her 4 children.

When her second daughter was ready for kindergarten, she enrolled her into an online charter school. Her older daughter did a traditional home school program that year.

The following year she decided to send them to a brick and mortar public school. That year was very difficult on Jenifer. She missed watching them learn and grow. She longed to see them learn new things but was unable to catch their excitement.

Her daughters were having a rough time at the local public school too. The first year her daughters went to public school they were in 1st and 3rd grade. Other students began bullying her 3rd grade daughter.

Jenifer longed to be more involved but she decided to leave them in a brick and mortar public school.

As time continued, the bullying worsened. Her daughter would come home from school with bruises. Soon, she was labeled a bully even though she was not. Not wanting to go to school and for other reasons, by the time she was done with 5th grade she was missing more school than she was attending.

Her younger daughter was showing signs of a learning disability. Jenifer tried to get the school to test her daughter and get the needed accommodations. Month after month, year after year, the school refused.

[Tweet “By the end of the year, Jenifer had enough. This school option was not working for her children.”]

Looking at her options, she decided to re-enroll her children into the online charter school they had tried many years before. She was ready to bring her daughters home and once again be more involved in their education.

When they began the next school year, she had a 6th grader, 4th grader, and a toddler. A few years later, she had her son.

Jenifer’s family was at home, growing, and she was loving it.

Not wanting to miss a moment, they use every excuse they can find to celebrate and enjoy life.

Living in the Pacific Northwest means lots of rain and no snow during the winter. Sunny days are rare and something to cherish. Instead of snow days from school, they take sun days. They take a day off and head to the beach or into the back yard to enjoy the weather.

Learning doesn’t stop just because it is a Sun Day. Jenifer simply takes the lessons and applies them to real world circumstances.

On one Sun Day a few years ago, her daughters were struggling with perimeter, area, and volume. They decided to build a sand box.

The kids spent all working on the box. They decided where it would be located, how big, what materials, how much was needed, and the cost. They also constructed the box. The only thing they didn’t do was push the wheelbarrows full of sand to fill it.

The following day her children were able to easily pass all math assessments they had previously been struggling with.

School is not the only thing that drives Jenifer.

When needed, Jenifer teaches CPR and first aid. Even then, Jenifer turns it into an opportunity to spend time with her children. She looks forward those times, and spending some one on one time with her oldest daughter who is the classroom assistant.

Everyone knows that the job as a parent can be stressful at times. When I’m stressed, I tend to retreat and need a little personal space. Jenifer is the opposite. She spends time with her kids.

“Nothing is better than piled on the couch and reading a good book. Even a not so good book. Sometimes we watch a move.”

Jenifer’s days are filled with her children, from school, reading together, and teaching an occasional class but she isn’t with them constantly.

They have horses that are boarded at a stable house about 45 minutes away. To lower the boarding fees, they muck stalls 3 days a week. On top of mucking their own stalls, they clean 4 extra ones.

This is a job Jenifer’s children have taken on as their own, and it usually takes the whole day. During the school year they take turns but once a week they all go.

During her alone times Jenifer still tends to her family. She uses the opportunity to make a loaf a bread, not worrying about children running through the house and causing it to fall.

No matter what Jenifer does, she keeps her children at the front of her mind.

Jenifer is just a mom.

[Tweet “Like most moms, Jenifer does whatever she can to give her children the best possible future.”]

For Jenifer, that is staying at home, helping them with their education, and being there for them all the time.





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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. elizabethbeautyobserved
    Aug 22, 2014 @ 10:19:46

    I enjoyed this story about Jennifer. I also home school. It has been and continues to be a wonderful adventure!

    Thank you so much for linking-up at Beauty Observed! It is a pleasure to have you there!



    • Crystal
      Aug 25, 2014 @ 18:14:13

      I homeschool as well. It is a blessing although a part of me misses summer each time we start up school again. But summer must end and school must begin. Thanks for stopping by and hosting the link-up Elizabeth. I enjoy it.



  2. Ginger Biggs Harrington
    Aug 23, 2014 @ 14:00:35

    We home schooled one year and it was a great experience. My hat’s off to Jennifer. Visiting you from Whatever is Lovely Link up today.



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