A New Year – A New Direction
It’s been a while since I posted, and since I’ve had a few comments and a little activity on my blog, I thought I’d post an update on our homeschool. I’ll start out with a little history to bring everyone up to date. Last Christmas, we took a family road trip to Disneyland. Just prior to our trip, I was struggling with feeling at an impasse with my faith, as an Evangelical Christian. A few days before we left I started a thread on The Well Trained Mind Forum, hoping to find some direction to move forward in my Christian walk, after coming to terms with my post-evangelical state. A few ladies who responded to my thread introduced me to Orthodox Christianity, which I had not yet been introduced to formally. I was intrigued, even though I had clearly stated in my opening statement that I didn’t want to follow a new religion or go to a new church. I loved (and still love) the members of my church, and I didn’t intend to switch churches. I just wanted some direction to move forward in my Christian walk. Yet, I was intrigued enough to peek in. So, I decided to log onto Ancient Faith Radio dot com, which was recommended to me. There were many podcasts that seemed interesting. So, on the road trip to Disneyland, which was a 20 or so hour trip, I dialed up a few, OK maybe a dozen, podcasts. From the very start, learning about the Church history time line from the Orthodox perspective, I was engrossed in learning more. My husband and I listened to podcast after podcast all the way to Disneyland. What we learned blew our minds! We had a wonderful week at Disneyland, and on the trip back up we listened to podcast after podcast from Ancient Faith Radio. Upon our return home, we decided to find a local Orthodox parish to inquire more. Fast forward to today, we are still inquirers at that same local Orthodox parish, and we are still learning about the ancient faith. There’s a lot to learn, about two thousand years of history and Saints lives and teachings. We will never run out of things to read and learn and grow from in the Orthodox Church.
Due to this new passion for learning about ancient Christianity, we will be taking a new direction in our homeschooling next year. I have decided that we will go through Church history as our main spine of learning, along with studying the Orthodox faith, and the political history of the time and place of the early Church, Byzantium. I am very excited about our new direction. I plan to keep this blog updated with the progress of our studies for anyone who is interested, if not only for our former K12 teacher, whom the children and I are dearly fond of. She has promised to stay in touch with our learning next year, even though we won’t be using K12. =(
For all those who are following this blog because of my passion for K12, I am sorry that I will no longer be contributing to K12 users in that way. For those who just want to keep up with what we are doing here in our homeschool, I would be honored if you would come along side us and follow what we are doing.
Lord have mercy.