The Next Phase

On June 2, 2010, we will be celebrating the transition to a new chapter in the life of our family. David will officially graduate high school. I believe this is an even bigger family transition than most others might experience because it feels like Stefanie and I will be graduating, too.

From the day we first decided to homeschool David, we had always planned to do so through high school. Sure, we had moments when we questioned our abilities or wondered if he was missing something crucial. But, each time we came to the conclusion that this was the best situation for him and our family. We have no regrets about being his primary educators for thirteen years. But, we have no illusions that we would have done as well without God, either. It is because of His strength and wisdom that we stuck to it and were able to guide David to where he stands today.

The result is a mature, bright young man who is ready to take the next steps into adulthood and to start building his own life. He will be going to Portland Community College in the fall while continuing to learn and grow as a musician and sound engineer with the fantastic staff at our church that has taken him under their wing.

The training wheels are coming off, but we will continue to offer advice and guidance as he needs it. We can’t wait to see what happens next.

Congratulations, David. It’s time to begin your own adventure.

7 thoughts on “The Next Phase

  1. Wyatt and Family – you deserve to brag and be proud. I remember young Wyatt. My goodness what a handsome young man he’s grown up to be. It is great fun seeing our little ones turn into wonderful adults. I myself am a grandma and loving every minute of spoiling my little 15 month old grandson, Bobby. You may remember my little Naudia – a frequent visitor at Edmark. Wonderful memories. Congratulations to you all, especially David for his accomplishments now and in his bright future!

    Blessings to you!

  2. I do remember Naudia! Congratulations on your grandson, too. I agree that it’s cool to hear about those Edmark kids growing up.

  3. Robyn Brook Nabat

    Congratulations to all of you and best of luck to David! I remember him coming in to Edmark, one of the little ones who helped to inspire us… 🙂

  4. Congratulations, Wyatt and Stephanie–to you too, David! I’m sure you’ll have a great time in college. I enjoyed seeing the photos in the 2009 in Review section–I can see how David looks like Wyatt. Just needs the beard.

  5. Congratulations David, Wyatt, and Stephanie. I can’t believe just how fast time flies — I may be more grey, but I distinctly recall getting together with David and Kayla to ride bikes in our apartment complex. David’s graduating and Kayla is a sophomore at Bothell High (and asking to borrow the car keys). Eeek.

    More importantly, congrats on home schooling and sticking with your plans. Your faith and integrity have always remained an inspiration.

    Looking forward to hearing the next steps for you guys, and hearing about David’s future successes.

    Best wishes and again, congrats!

    -David, Kathy, Kayla, and Ryan Brady

  6. I was looking over some articles I had saved on homeschooling. Our third and last homeschooled child will graduate this coming May. I want to thank you so much for the article you wrote in 2004, ‘The Benefits of Home Schooling’. We have been very blessed by those benefits and for those who spoke out in support of home education.

  7. Thanks so much for the kind words. My schedule hasn’t let me update this blog like I want, but it’s still gratifying to know that other folks found that article helpful and encouraging. That was certainly my hope. Congratulations on your successful homeschooling journey!

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