I am slowly letting go of my fears and believing that each of my children have an innate desire to learn. If I allow them to nurture their interests, at their own speed, without expectations but while still providing support and encouragement, I believe they will flourish. I truly do. This is not to say that I still don't worry. I do. But, each day as I let myself trust them more and as I stop more to listen to them - really listen - I get the joy of sharing in their interests.
Here is a quick round-up of what the older three children are currently up to:
Nolan, at 18, is applying to Christian colleges and wants to study Theology. He reads and reads and reads some more. He is also a musician, plays the electric guitar. He has a sound cloud account.
Isaac is 15 and is really into computers. He can take apart and build computers from parts he gets at recycling. He also plays around with movie making. Right now he is really into Minecraft and has been doing quite a bit of programming to make his own worlds and such. Here is one of his downloaded schematics.
Abby, at 13, it also utilizing computers, specifically the internet, to even earn money doing what she enjoys. She has figured out how to monetize her youtube channel and is awaiting her first check from google.
It is really kind of funny how our family moved to rural northern Vermont to attempt to lead a more low-tech hands-on life, but all of our children have a strong interest in high tech. Probably not surprising at all, considering that we earn our living through online sales.