BLUE AND EMILY AVELINO
Dave has known Emily for more than half their lives. They've been friends since high school and they have kept in touch through all these years. Emily met Blue in university, and have been married for 15 years with 4 beautiful children: Miguel (14), Gabriel (13), Rafa (6) and Dana (4). Securing jobs after graduation, they eagerly dove in to their respective fields and were soon carving very successful careers. Gradually, work took most of their time and energy. It was not until there was a major corporate restructuring at Emily's work when they sat down and had a meaningful talk about the direction of their lives. At that time, Emily's parents were moving to America. She thought that she could step away from her job, help her parents close the family business and spend more time at home. She knew when things settled, she could always go back to corporate life. She never thought she would give up working "9 to 5" altogether.
Fast forward to the present. Blue and Emily have been homeschooling all their children for a year now. It wasn't easy making that decision, especially since the two older boys had the opportunity to experience the conventional type of schooling. "We had to pray about it for a year and we went into that decision as a family," Emily states.
Here's what happened that morning when we talked about parenting, homeschooling, and getting them to spill their secrets about having a happy marriage.
Prayer is the main ingredient in this family's life. They always start a class with it.
Emily and Blue incorporate objects they can find at home into the kids' lessons. For instance, they use this train set to teach them about levers and pulleys.
The short time spent with the Avelinos was eye opening, to say the least. Even before our little Audrey was born, Dave and I had already been discussing her (eventual) schooling. We entertained the idea of home schooling briefly but didn't think it was feasible. Surely, the concept is intriguing, though we have never talked in length about it with someone until now. It was special being able to experience home schooling firsthand in their home. I was inspired by Emily's endless patience and Blue's guiding influence.
I have been looking forward to visiting their home and feel fortunate to be able to spend that day with them. When you have two people who deeply respect each other, anything is possible. I soon leave for Canada brimming with confidence and hope of endless possibilities.
And I have them to thank for that.