Parents Graduate from Homeschooling!

My little sister is graduating tomorrow, and I am proud of her.

Graduation doesn’t mean “she’s done learning, and now she can get on with real life.” She will keep learning and growing, just like the rest of us. Nevertheless, “high school” graduation has been an important milestone for me and my siblings as we move from one season of life to the next.

Susannah will celebrate a 12 year milestone, but my parents are celebrating a 26 year milestone. And they’ve carried a heavy load for those 26 years. Tomorrow, May 21, 2011, my parents will officially finish homeschooling, a journey they started in the 1980’s. They’re being promoted from homeschool parents to being homeschool grandparents! I look forward to having their help as mentors and teaching assistants when I start homeschooling my children.

Just like we keep learning, they will keep teaching and loving. But this day is a major milestone in their lives. Thank you, Daddy and Mama, for purposing to teach us at home, for following through, and for pouring out your lives for us. You have been faithful to the calling God put before you.

Thank you for reading the Bible to us every day.

Thank you for reading us hundreds of books.

Thank you for choosing to build a family library instead of buying new cars, expensive home décor, or big boy toys.

Thank you for helping us with math problems (even when you couldn’t remember how to do them either). Benjamin turned out an engineer, so I think you did okay.

Thank you for staying up late correcting our schoolwork.

Thank you for turning off the computer and making us play outside.

Thank you for feeding our interests and fanning the flames of “delight-directed study.” We learned LOTS about history and about God’s creation without knowing it was part of “school.”

Thank you for investing in our music lessons.

Thank you for pointing us to other godly men and women for more advice and training when you’d given all you could give.

Thank you for allowing us to make messes (and for teaching us to clean them up).

Thank you for sorting through curriculum each year to find what worked best for us.

Thank you for writing our curriculum when you couldn’t find what you needed. God has used your work to serve many other families.

Thank you, Daddy, for doing cool stuff with us like falling trees and building fences, and for teaching me how computers work.

Thank you, Mama, for teaching each of us to write well. That must have been hard.

Thank you for not giving up.

“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9)

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  1. Thank you, Daniel! I wouldn’t trade these years for anything. What a gracious God, to bless me with such a family! I love you all! Now…to make it through this last graduation without crying…

  2. I really like this post! It’s encouraging to me who will be starting to homeschool my children this coming year.

  3. I second all those thank-yous! Love you guys! 🙂

  4. Thank you for serving your family so faithfully, and being such a godly example to the rest of us who are coming behind you. It is truly amazing to be able to see the fruit of all of your labor!

  5. Thank you for sharing your thoughts a feelings about your parents and home schooling. We have been at it for a year and a half now. Some days we all wonder if it is worth it. At the end of the day we know it is. Your words are very encouraging for those of us who have many years still ahead. God bless you all!

  6. Such a beautiful tribute and an encouragement to parents seeking to raising their children in a godly manner.

  7. I am crying. What a beautifully written love letter to your parents. It gives me hope that I too can homeschool successfully. My only plee from the Lord is that my children will walk with the Lord. Not success in college, a big title, etc. Just that they will truly love the Lord, and place Him first in their lives. Everything else will follow correctly in life if our children love the Lord. :o)

    Mr. and Mrs. Forster, congratulations!!! Thank you for all that you have done for the homeschooling community. Your sacrifices have paid off, and you have reaped what you have sown. :o)

  8. Susannah, congratulations to you too! 🙂 God bless you in this new season in life!

  9. What a beautiful tribute and very well written! (GREAT job Momma Forster!) Twenty-six years. Wow; she has received quite an education, schooling for that long. Congratulations to all the graduates! 🙂

  10. ~Congrats on staying the course and finishing strong!~ You were the pioneers of homeschooling before it was trendy and popular before it was understood and embraced. Thank you for being an example for us youngsters!

  11. This is a wonderful encouragement to stay the course for this mama of six. Thank you.

  12. How sweet! Their parents must have praised God and shed a tear when they received this :0)

  13. I am a homeschool Mom to 9 (#10 coming in Aug.) wonderful children & a “first generation” born again Christian . (both my husband and I) Our oldest 4 children are teenagers and the last few years have been very difficult for me. This was very encouraging to me, to hear a son “rise up and call his mother/father blessed” for the sacrifices they made, especially at a time in our lives when we feel like they are disgruntled about a lot of decisions we are making. Thank you for the encouragement, it helps me keep sacrificing and going. God bless your family – you have been a help to us.

  14. What a beautiful, true, honoring post!
    How thankful I am for the encouragement to me, struggling in the middle of raising my child, now 10!
    May God continue to bless you abundantly.

  15. Geesh, I’m crying over this and my children aren’t even old enough to talk yet!
    Beautifully written, Daniel!
    Well done, Mama Forster!
    Good job, Susannah!

  16. This made me cry. 🙂 Congrats to the entire Forster family on your new seasons in life!

  17. I recognize some of those pics……I remember you guys when you were all little people……..congrats on the graduation….what a milestone!!!!! Welcome to the rest of your life

    Cousin Dave

  18. I’m just bawling away over here. What a tremendous reward this post is for your parents. I’m just starting the journey and, honestly, feeling a little overwhelmed by what I’ve signed up for;). I pray that 20 years from now my own kids will be able to write a post like this!!

  19. This is such a beautiful thank you post. What an amazing journey your family has been on and to do this for 26 years is true dedication and love. I am impressed and proud to see such a positive and successful homeschooling family out there as an example of just how great homeschooling is.


  20. Thank you for not giving up!
    I am so glad you kept going, kept writing, kept encouraging – your children and mine. Thank you.

  21. This is SO heartwarming and encouraging to us homeschool Mum’s with little ones pulling at our pantlegs. Perspective! Thanks for giving us some!

  22. Beautiful tribute. Blessings and congratulations!!

  23. ‘And her children will rise up and call her blessed.’ Wow! 26 years! I am so tired after only seven, but also feel like we are finally getting the hang of it. Thank you fo sharing such encouraging words for a homeschooling mother, it gives me incentive to persevere 🙂

  24. This is so encouraging! Thank you!