Jennifer Murff on Feeling and Being Equipped to Homeschool

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Jennifer Murff on Feeling and Being Equipped to Homeschool

In this short segment Yvette talks with Dr. Jennifer Murff, president of Future Leader Lab and Millennials for Marriage. Dr. Murff is a homeschool mom of four, a college professor, and a homeschooling and family advocate. She talks about how she is balancing family, homeschool, and work, and how even though most of the time she feels competent as a mom and wife, the thought of homeschooling brought new challenges and doubts. Thankfully, God has equipped her, like he equips other parents, to be exactly what her children need.

(Yvette Hampton)
We’re here!

(Dr. Jennifer Murff)
Yes.

(Yvette)
Yeah! We finally got to meet each other.

(Jennifer)
I know.

(Yvette)
Tell me your name. I know your name, but tell them your name.

(Jennifer)
Well, I am Jennifer Murph and I’ve been on this crazy homeschooling journey for about five years, and I wouldn’t… I would do it over again for sure.

(Yvette)
Awesome. So okay, we’re sitting in your living room, at your house in Virginia, and we’re getting ready to interview you for Schoolhouse Rocked. Tell us a little bit about who you are and what you do.

(Jennifer)
Well, my husband works for HSLDA as their chief development officer, and I, of course, am a mom but I’m also a professor. I went and got my doctorate. And my first year of getting my doctorate I decided we were going to homeschool. We were in a bad school district and I just thought I don’t have another choice, so I jumped into this whole crazy realm of homeschooling, and I just thought it was gonna be a trial run. And then the second year was another trial run, and a third year another trial run! But outside of homeschooling, I run an organization called Millennials for Marriage where we’re working to change the perception of marriage. Millennials, as you know, are not getting married. They’re delaying or avoiding it altogether, and it’s having huge effects, not just on the family, but on the local church, on society, the economy, and so I do that. I, kind of, work to help change the perception.

(Yvette)
Okay that’s awesome. You’re a millennial. I am I am NOT! Because we were just talking about our age difference… so I’m 10 years older than you, (joking) so you’re only 22, because I’m 32… oh you don’t want to be 22.

(Jennifer)
I don’t know.

(Yvette)
I’m playing. So, she’s 32 and I’m 42, so there’s a ten-year difference. But yes, okay. I’m okay being in my 40s. Yeah, I thought 40 would feel a lot older, because when I was younger I would look at people in their 40s and I felt like – I don’t know – like they were more mature than I feel like I am. Oh wait, is that weird?

(Jennifer)
No. Not at all.

(Yvette)
I just thought I would be older, you know? You think about your parents in their 40s and, I don’t know, I felt like my parents were so much older in their 40s than I feel like I am. I feel like I could be 32.

(Jennifer)
Well you have pretty young kids.

(Yvette)
Yes.

(Jennifer)
It keeps you kind of young.

(Yvette)
Yes. Yes it does it does, but then we talked about how long Garritt and I have been married, and we’ve been married for 22 years – going on 23, So yeah.

(Jennifer)
So when I was 10… 10 years old you got married.

(Yvette)
Yes. You could have been our flower girl if I had known you, or a junior bridesmaid.

So anyway, we are excited to have you as part of Schoolhouse Rocked! It’s a neat story about how the Lord open the doors and introduced us to one another.

So you speak?

(Jennifer)
I do. I do. On top of, you know, being a professor I run a business called Future Leader Lab and we help high school students, kind of, find the right fit – thier right major, the right organizational fit, so that it saves families money [on college]. So that has kind of led… You here my littles? This is all about homeschooling! This is so raw and so real! Like, if you get down to the heart of it, there’s a lot of moms just like me who are trying to do a lot, and we never want to sacrifice our family.

(Yvette)
Yeah, and so, if you can’t hear it in the
background her little kids are… Well all of our kids are upstairs and there are doors slamming and screaming

(Jennifer)
because this is really…

(Yvette)
This is this is life.

(Jennifer)
Like, you’re trying to juggle it all, you know? We’re trying to cook dinner and, you know, sell Plexus, and do this whole life. Yet, not wanting to sacrifice our family

(Yvette)
Right.

You know, so that’s the reason I do Future Leader Lab is because I wanted something that still invests back into the home school community, but I didn’t have to sacrifice my little ones.

(Yvette)
Right.

(Jennifer)
And so, I mean, I.. When I started homeschooling I never thought I was actually going to homeschool. and I
had people… I don’t think when sets… Well I have one friend, her name is Erin Reeve, and she knew since she was a little girl that she was gonna homeschool her kids. And I thought she was absolutely nuts. And she would ask me, you know, “would you ever homeschool?”, and I’d say well why why am I getting a doctorate to stay at home with my kids. But God has a funny sense of humor and he meets us in our weakness. And I felt like I was always very confident as a mom or as a wife or as a friend, but whenever I stepped into that homeschooling room every insecurity that could possibly exist inside of my heart crept up. Because honestly, God gives us everything we need to succeed, but the world and culture and everyone around us tells us you’re not, you know, “you’re not smart enough. You’re not educated enough. You’re not, you know, all these things… That you’re not enough.” But we are. We’re way more than enough.

(Yvette)
Yeah. We’re exactly who and what he wants us to be. Absolutely! So yeah, it’s so good to hear you say that. You know, God is so faithful, like you said, to just give us everything that we need for every task that he’s put before us. You know, even making this movie. It’s, it’s, you know, we’re gifted in certain areas but it’s so far beyond what we could do without the Lord, and he has so shown his hand of, just, greatness and mercy and grace upon our family as we’ve been doing this. It’s been amazing to watch his hand at work. So that’s awesome! But thank you for
letting us interview you today.

(Jennifer)
Absolutely.

(Yvette)
I’m excited about this.

(Jennifer)
I’m excited. I think that this is gonna have a huge hand in the future of our homeschooling journey, and lots of
families are going to be touched because, there’s a lot of families who are considering homeschooling and they just,
they’re still, maybe, wrapped up in some stereotypes.

(Yvette)
Right.

(Jennifer)
And I think this movie is gonna break those stereotypes, and say, “you know something? Anyone can do this.”, and that, “you are more than enough.”

(Yvette)
Yeah.

(Jennifer)
So I’m excited to see this finished product, and keep going and doing this. We’re so proud to be connected and to be along this journey with you guys… Both doing this, and in prayer.

(Yvette)
Yeah, thank you. Thank you for being part of this. It’s been, it’s been amazing, and so much fun to meet people like you. So, we talked on the phone before and now we’re living in your house for the next three days!

(Jennifer)
Ta da! Yes!

(Yvette)
So so much fun.

(Jennifer)
I’m gonna feed you well.

(Yvette)
Thank you.

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