My Upstream Learner

This year we embarked on our second year of homeschooling, and I am slowly feeling more confident and settled in with this new way of life. This was a tough decision for my husband, Jason, and I and was definitely something we did not take lightly.

Jason and I have been married for 13 years and have two boys, Jonathan, 9, and Jacob, 7. The biggest reason this decision was so difficult for us was because of the services Jacob was receiving at school. He was diagnosed with Autism at the age of 3, and from that time up until last September 2019, he had been receiving services through the school district in some form or another.

When Jason and I started talking about homeschooling in August of last year, that was the one thing that we kept going back to that made the decision so difficult. We knew God was calling us to switch to homeschooling but to be completely honest, I was really nervous about what that unknown looked like with Jacob not receiving those services anymore. It kind of felt like a safety net for him and me, and it was terrifying to think about cutting those cords and losing what he had in place. But we both knew that God was calling us to make this change, and we took the leap of faith and put all our trust in God. Ultimately, we knew we needed to be obedient to God’s will.

Fast forward one year, and we are so happy we decided to homeschool – for so many reasons. Jacob is doing so well and continuing to thrive.

Over the past 9 years, I am learned that in motherhood, complete transparency is so important. Learning that other moms are going through the trenches and have the same challenges and demands that I face has kept me sane and continues to take the weight and burden of feeling like a failure off my shoulders. Every day is not rainbows and sunshine. To be honest, most days are challenging. I am constantly questioning my ability and asking God if I am enough. I dread starting school most days because I know I will get a lot of push back from Jacob. It takes a good ten minutes to get him to the table, and then I am constantly trying to find new fun ways to get him excited and engaged to even start on his assignments. What works one day usually doesn’t work the next. On good days, I’ve also learned that I have about 20 minutes blocks where he will cooperate and be attentive. For some subjects, like reading and math, he will easily get so frustrated, and he is the only one that can pull himself out of that ‘mood,’ and it doesn’t matter what I do or don’t do. I also have to redirect him about 48 times throughout the school day. My patience is constantly being tested on a daily, even hourly, basis.

Regardless if your child has been formally diagnosed or not, please know that you are not alone in this journey. Many other moms, and dads, are experiencing very similar things, and we’re all on this emotional roller coaster together. Please be encouraged to know that God didn’t make a mistake. He called you down this path that not every parent can or is willing to journey on, and that does not go unnoticed. He sees you, in the trenches, sometimes crying with frustration, and He is right there with you to help guide you…all you need to do is ask for His help. From what I have learned this past year, He doesn’t let anything go to waste and will always bless your time spent homeschooling your children. For us, seeing Jacob’s heart more and his little personality continuing to shine has been one of the sweetest gifts of this journey.

We are all in this together, and please know that we are here to rally around you to encourage you and pray for you.

Lots of Love,

Sarah Talbot

November Parent Meeting

This upcoming election is the most important one in our lifetime, if not ever.  Our nation and our state are in a crisis in so many areas. We at RCA feel strongly that we must be on our knees fighting for our nation.  For as much as we can point fingers at politicians and lawmakers as the source of our misery and fear, we must remember that this is a spiritual fight!  Ephesians 6:12 tells us, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of [a]the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”  My question to you is, are you willing to wrestle?  During a wrestle, both individuals are strong and become weak, but only one prevails.

I don’t believe it’s a coincidence that our November parent meeting is on Election Day.  I know we all will be following the election into the night, but I hope you will take this opportunity to come together and pray (wrestle) for our nation!  On Tuesday, November 3rd, we’ll be hearing from guest speaker Nathan Pierce, our legislative liaison to the State capitol.  He will be giving us a legislative update and discussing why private homeschooling needs to be protected.  We will follow him up with a guided time of corporate prayer led by one of our dads.  Please feel free to bring your high schooler to this meeting.

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.  For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; 1 Timothy 2: 1-5

Please DO NOT miss this next meeting!
6 pm Coffee Fellowship & Root Beer floats
7 pm Parent Meeting & Prayer

Welcome Back to School!

Come celebrate the beginning of a new school year together at our annual kick off bbq!

Join us on the back lawn for burgers, hot dogs and root beer floats. Bring drinks, chairs, picnic supplies as needed for your family.  See you at 5 pm Friday September 18th!

Welcome Back-Kick Off BBQ

It’s that time again, time to head back to school, and what better way to kick off the school year that to come together for a good ol’ fashioned BBQ and game night!  Join us on the back lawn on September 18th 5:30-8:30 pm to celebrate all the Lord has done in bringing us back to school this year!







WHO: Revival Christian Academy families

WHERE: Revival

WHEN: Friday September 18th 5:00-8:00 pm

WHAT: Bring your own chairs, blanket, EZ Up, and food & drinks (hamburgers and hot dogs will be provided)





Why I Chose a PSP over Charter School

I often get asked why I chose a PSP over a Charter and every time my heart speeds up just a tad before I answer. You see this topic can be a touchy one and opinions can be strong about it, as they should be this is our children’s future. I have multiple friends who chose Charter and love it because it has worked best for their families. I still adore these friends, still value their opinions, and am still amazed at the work they do in their lives for the Lord. That choice was right for them.  My decision to go with a PSP had everything to do with the convictions the Lord laid on my heart, in regards to my family. This is my truth, my answer to that often asked question.

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