Alesia Wilson had no plans of being a homeschool mom — “none whatsoever,” she emphasizes with a laugh. Her plan was to continue working as a corporate accountant and keep “juggling all the proverbial balls of marriage, motherhood and career outside the home. Meanwhile, her husband, David, believed in a different plan for the family, but as Alesia reports, “He didn’t nag me about it, but instead just lovingly and quietly prayed about it.”
After a little while, Alesia’s job situation became crazier, with longer hours and more responsibilities. “I just knew,” the Homestead resident recalls, “with a peaceful heart, that it was time for me to be home and minister full-time to my family. For Alesia, that ministry included homeschooling their then-3-year old daughter, Bianca.
That 3-year-old is now a 16-year-old honor student as the Wilsons continue on their 13th year of homeschooling. For Alesia, homeschooling is a conviction and a commitment. “It’s not just something to do because it’s the latest trend or because your neighbors or fellow church members are doing it,” she declares. “I call homeschooling a labor of love. No one loves your children more than you do. Who better to teach them, mentor them, and disciple them, than you as their parent?”
Alesia’s homeschooling dynamic has been somewhat different from those around her in that Bianca is the Wilsons’ only child. “At times people have expressed disbelief that we would even sacrifice to homeschool ‘just one child,’” Alesia acknowledges, “saying it would be so much easier to just ‘send her to school.’ But my response has been and will always be, ‘One child does matter.’ When I look at how the Lord has blessed us and our daughter through this homeschool journey, I’m so grateful and have no regrets.”
Encouragement for the journey has come through various FPEA-recognized homeschool support groups, including LIGHT (for which she serves on the board of directors) and PACE of Miami. An extra shot of inspiration came from Alesia’s first trip to the FPEA Florida Homeschool Convention in 2010, right when Bianca was preparing to transition from middle school to high school. “What a perfect time for us to attend,” Alesia remembers. “I had so many concerns about high school, so we tried to attend just about every high school workshop we could. After that, I felt more equipped to move into the high school years with confidence.”
Along with her local group leadership, Alesia gives back to the Florida homeschool community through her role as an FPEA Ambassador. “I’m so glad that I’ve been able to mentor and encourage new homeschool moms and families,” she says. “It’s a blessing that my family and I are a testimony of God’s grace, mercy and favor in this labor of love.”
Alesia’s “labor of love” has brought her a long way from “no plans whatsoever.”