My name is Gabrielle. I live in Upstate NY with my two kids, Elizabeth and Paul. I have a B.S. in Environmental and Forest Biology, and am a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer.
I loved being a stay at home mom, but alas, all good things must come to an end. Within the first year homeschooling my daughter, my marriage fell apart. I loved homeschooling, it is so much fun, and I am having a hard time giving it up. I tried really hard to find work that would allow me to be home enough hours to homeschool, but after nearly a year I realized that it just wasn’t working: I could neither support us nor effectively homeschool. My daughter just finished her first year at public school, and will be moving up to 2nd grade next year. My son qualifies for pre-k, but I just am not in love with the idea of all-day pre-k. He is very energetic and I just don’t think that he will do well having to sit at a desk all day. Besides, my babysitter’s house is better than school, in my opinion.
I didn’t really have any intention of homeschooling him for pre-k, and then all of a sudden I just decided that I thought it was something I could do around work and here we are. Mind you, unlike other people’s ex-spouses, mine is not in the picture any more: no joint placement, no weekends at their dad’s, and no support checks. This means that I am doing it all by myself. Actually, I could never be that selfish, I am doing this with the help of other people, namely my family, especially my mom, and my wonderful babysitter. I would also name the wonderful teacher Elizabeth had last year in school to help her get ahead without losing confidence.
At this point in the story of my life, which I count as a beginning, a middle, and an end, I just keep repeating that quote by Francis de Assisi:
“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”
And I think I just might.
If you’d like to read more by me, check out my other blog: Seedling, where I muse about gentle parenting, nature, and seeking happiness.
If you would like to contact me, I can be reached at: aplaceforlittlesproutstogrowATgmail.com.
FYI: Most names have been changed for anonymity. Thanks for understanding!