Good News: More Parents Pulling their Kids Out of Schools to Homeschool Them — by WINTERY KNIGHT

Homeschooling is definitely NOT an easy thing to do. First, parents still have to pay taxes for the failing schools they don’t want to use. Second, one parents has to give up a salary to stay home, although this is offset by not having to pay for daycare. But more parents are starting to choose […]

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Why do you Homeschool?

In response to the July 6, 2014 Las Vegas Review-Journal article by Glenn Cook, “All Your Children Belong to Us,” the following Facebook meme appeared:

I homeschool because I have seen the village and I don't want it raising my children
Mr. Cook revealed that the Scottish government plans to appoint an “official state guardian” for every child in Scotland by August of 2016 – that’s this year! Here are other similar articles: “Scottish children don’t need these government spies,” “Child guardian plan faces legal challenge,” and one of the latest articles with videos (including a homeschool “mum”) can be found in “Act Sparks Backlash.”

What about you? Whose “village” do you want to raise your children?

ROT week in Austin!

Here come the bikes! I mean the Motorbikes.

No need to worry, maybe gather earplugs due to the increase in the Vva-Vroom volume and a blindfold if you see them while sight-seeing through the town at night. These peeps are just here for the fun. Once a year, motorcyclists from all over Texas and beyond come to Austin to celebrate the ROT Bikers Rally. R.O.T. stands for Republic of Texas.

ROT cycles at Austin capital

In spite of hundreds of thousands of bikers, we definitely get the benefit of increased business sales, but have you actually sat down to get to know what these bikers do? Maybe this is as far as your feet want to travel – just to the computer staging area, but at least you’ll have done yourself the favor of learning a little more about ROT, bikers, and bikes. That’s what good homeschoolers do, right? – Learn!ROT bikers Parade
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You Might be at a Homeschool Wedding if…

Wonderfully said! Many joys are yet to be had in our home.

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alex & josh pic Tomorrow best friends Alexandra Garcia and Joshua Germenis, two former English 5 students, exchange their vows. Bless you both for your commitment to the LORD and His plan for marriage. To your peers, you are an example; to us moms, you are our hope.

The only thing better than a homeschool graduation is a homeschool wedding. For those just starting their homeschool journey, these should be attended as often as possible. For us moms already in the trenches, these are nothing less than a kiss on the cheek from Jesus Himself.

For the uninitiated, however, these events are bound to be odd. It would certainly be helpful to know what you are getting into ahead of time, so you can mentally prepare. Without any further ado, you might be at a homeschool wedding if:

  • The decorations, while elegant and thoughtful, are always homemade. Envision an assembly line of moms and…

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The Rodeo’s Coming! – “Where Weird meets Western”

Have you ever been to the Austin Rodeo? Did any of you brave the cold to attend the Cowboy Breakfast this morning?

It’s full of events to fit everyone’s style: music, contests, ranch animals galore, not to mention the good ol’ hometown carnival an’ cookin’! This year it’ll be March 14-28, 2015 at the Travis County Expo Center, 9100 Decker Lake Road, Austin, TX 78724. It’s even gonna be on t.v., well, YouTube that is, on “RA TV” – Rodeo Austin TV, so you don’t have to miss a thing. There are videos there to check out from last too.

Willie Nelson & Family perform for Rodeo Austin 2015.
Willie Nelson & Family perform for Rodeo Austin 2015.

Since we’re in the Live Music Capital of the World, let’s start with the Live Music, in order of appearance. Austin Rodeo will have main stage performances by:

Willie Nelson & Family, Dwight Yoakam, Eli Young Band, Panic!At the Disco, The Beach Boys, Randy Rogers Band, Joe Nichols, Turnpike Troubadours, Lorrie Morgan & Pam Tillis, Tyler Farr, Boyz II Men, Sublime with Rome, Martina McBride, Lee Brice, and Kevin Fowler.

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Inmates make Honey?

From Sour to Sweet

Austin Statesman writes that Travis County inmates have a sting operation with a positive twist – beekeeping! http://atxne.ws/1lmZp9N   pic.twitter.com/OlfgxNVUaj

What do YOU think? Should inmates be allowed to do such work? 

 

Homeschool? Get a Lawyer

Advocacy groups such as the THSC and the HSLDA are here to help homeschoolers.

It makes me green around the gills. The public as a whole has not completely embraced homeschooling. Not all businesses, neighbors, nor social services understand it unless they’ve experienced it. Even in the freest state in the world, Texans still have to come to the realization that to homeschool also means knowing Parental Rights. It’s the new and unfortunate concern in the homeschooling world.

Ask Christina Tutt. Her court cases and legal woes continue to be before her and her family. We’re waiting to hear the outcome of the latest battle on Friday, June 27, 2014. The current post on the Tutt family situation is posted on the THSC website, which includes the previous posts to bring you up to speed. Check it out and other similar cases, and remember to keep them in your prayers.

Like THSC, the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) also assists homeschooling families. Their focus is national and abroad. Their latest post on Parental Rights include the recent Return of the Parental Rights Amendment  to the US Senate. Check out their other great resources while you’re at it.

 

Another blog post of related interest is: “The Unbelievable State of Parental Rights in America” by Titus2homemaker.com.