Marvin Ward Christian Academy

I embarked on a one year homeschooling career. Here we are four years later. That first year, through tears I told my husband, “when it looks like I have figured this out and I am enjoying it, because I will figure this out….just know that I still won’t be enjoying it.” Not one of my prouder moments. I entered homeschooling kicking and screaming. I wanted a Christian education in a private school. The. End. God had made other arrangements. He knows best. I am know longer kicking, nor screaming, nor pretending, I enjoy it. I really enjoy it and so does my family.

Over the last three years we have come to find our groove, our philosophy, our swag, our way. That’s one of the beautiful opportunities that homeschooling provides. One thing that has become increasingly clear as my children are growing older is the importance of placing importance on their education- through their eyes. That first year when filling out the name of our school on our affidavit, I really had no idea. I jotted down Homeroom Christian School. It filled a blank on my form. It’s kind of lame and absent of any meaning.

A friend of mine mentioned to me recently that she had named her homeschool after her sweet father who had recently passed away. Immediately my husband’s grandfather came to mind. Oh, how we loved that man. With no living grandparents of my own, this man was such a special great grandpa to my children and to our family. He was an incredible man with an incredible legacy. He loved His Savior. He loved His family. He loved Eagles. He loved ice cream.

He told me once that He was proud of the education I was giving our children. He told me if he could afford it he would send everyone of his great grandchildren to school for a Christian education. The Lord has worked it out and my kids are receiving a Christian education. Not the one that I had planned. He had something better in mind for my family.

Our school will be called

Marvin Ward Christian Academy

We have a mascot…THE EAGLES.

We will eat ice cream, first thing, the first day of school, every year.

We will pray and remember great grandpa.

Life should hold great meaning.

In. every. little. de-tail.

It’s just grand to have this man be honored in our lives and our home this way. It makes my heart smile.

It makes school just that much better.

We love you grandpa.

This photo was taken in 2005 shortly before sweet great grandma went to be with Jesus.

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9 Responses to Marvin Ward Christian Academy
  1. Cara Yeh
    August 17, 2012 | 7:57 pm

    This is precious! Now I want a mascot.. and tradition… and a more special name! ­čÖé

  2. Lizann Schultz
    August 17, 2012 | 8:00 pm

    How cool that you are honoring Uncle Marvin in this way. He truly was a loving Christian who lived it every day. Interesting to note that his sister Betty, my grandmother, was also a very devoted Christian and educator at our church. I wish you could have known her as well. I am so blessed to be in this family. thanks Darcy and Shawn and God bless you richly!!!
    Very cool that you will eat ice cream, love it.
    Lizann

  3. Alicia @ La Famille
    August 17, 2012 | 8:26 pm

    so darn cool!! i love that. what special memories for you and your kids.

  4. Christine
    August 17, 2012 | 10:15 pm

    What a wonderful tribute, it brought a tear to my eye.

  5. Amy G
    August 18, 2012 | 6:42 am

    What a great idea! And such a sweet tribute to Grandpa! Hmmmmm . . . a school name . . . . I may have to use that idea! You’re such a good teacher my friend!

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  9. Angel Hallauer
    October 7, 2013 | 6:30 am

    This made me think of how important it is to be intentional. Names are SO important. I’m in the process of trying to wrap my head around homeschooling our kids (6 and 8) after the Lord dropped this in my heart. I know it’s His will…. I’m still clueless on what it’s supposed to look like. I will admit I’m starting to get more excited than scared, but still… this is such a big decision! However, I know that we need to name our school and decide on specific details to make this adventure our own! Thank you so much for sharing!

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