I get some of the same questions from readers from time to time so I thought I'd address them all in one little convenient spot. If you have a question for me, just send it to ordinary (dot) days (at) hotmail (dot) com. You can also find me on Twitter if you want to send your question that way.
Here we go:
Why did you join the Army?
It's kind of a 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon thing. I was in my 4th year of Spanish with the second semester right around the corner. Senioritis had set in and I decided to change to yearbook where I could sit around and do not much of anything instead of conjugating verbs in a foreign language. I switched classes and Andrea was in my class. She was joining the Army and I kept hearing her talk about it to her friends.
I never knew anyone who had joined the Army. For some reason I was intrigued and decided to meet with her recruiter. It all sounded like an awesome adventure, something different. I was actually pumped at the thought of going to basic training, which is weird because I wasn't an athletic AT ALL. I just felt compelled to go. And so I went. And besides being a wife and mom, it remains one the most significant and favorite parts of my life.
What made you decide to homeschool?
I was sending my boys to the same tiny, Catholic school I went to growing up. I thought it would be perfect. Then I started working at the afterschool program and really got to know the kinds of kids that were around my kids for 8 hours every day. Let's just say that some of the things they discussed on the playground weren't exactly things I wanted my 3 and 5 year old to be hearing, umm, ever.
And truth be told, it wasn't much different than the way it was when I was there. In 7th grade, the 8th graders were chewing on marijuana seeds during class to get high. In even younger grades, girls I knew were having sex with their little boyfriends. I learned things on the playground in the third grade that shouldn't have even been on my radar until at least high school.
As my friend Jaime says, "There's just so much junk out there."
So, I guess my main reason was I wanted to shelter my kids from those types of things. I wanted to protect thier innocence a little more than mine had been.
Don't you worry about socialization?
I do! That was one of the biggest issues I had to figure out when making our decision to homeschool. Thankfully, school is not the only place where kids can hang out with other kids. Our kids are very active in sports at the local YMCA, they have plenty of neighborhood friends they run around with and will soon be starting Sunday school as well as Classical Conversations.
Why so many kids? Are you Catholic? Are you done after #5 comes?
We have so many kids because they honestly bring a ton of joy to our lives. Yes, we're Catholic. And are we done after #5? Hmmm, I'm not sure. I would never, ever, ever turn away a baby, either through abortion or contraception (which I see as one in the same) and I love my husband. So there is always a possibility that we'll have more. But, as of right now when I am very pregnant with #5, I can't say I foresee more on the horizon. But you never know.
What does your husband do?
Mr. Ordinary works very hard and does an excellent job taking care of us. He works with computers for his profession. He devotes as much of his free time to his family as possible and is possibly the best father on the planet.
I'd love to hear any other questions you have!