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Raising Arrows: Cornerstone Family of Seven Embraces Change

God’s whisper in your heart can be so soft that you barely hear it, and over time it can start thundering to the point that you will move worldly mountains to obey it. This is our 2020.  

Hi, we are the Dupree family! My husband Josh and I met in high school (Harrison, right down the street) and grew up in this area. Married for 14 years and five children later, we are knee-deep in raising arrows (Psalm 127:3-5), keeping up with schedules and laundry, and trying to slow time down. Our kids are Aidan (6th grade), Roman (5th grade), Saylor (3rd grade), Maddox (1st grade), and Thea (entering kindergarten next year).  We have been a public school family up until the world caught on fire and exploded in the spring of this year.  

The Dupree Family 

Last fall God whispered to me that I should consider homeschool for middle school with my children, and I thought about it for a second, even researched Cornerstone Prep, and then dropped it because we loved our public schools and my oldest was adamant about trying out 6th grade. 

Fast forward to the dumpster fire of 2020 and virtual school, which was impossible for our kids - mainly me - to keep up with and have any sanity left. When Cobb County announced this summer that they would be doing virtual, we called Cornerstone in a massive panic, toured the school, and turned in our admissions that day. It was a WHIRLWIND. And that whisper in my heart was now so loud I was going to do whatever it took to go where the Lord was calling our family.  

Going from public school for six years to a University-Model® school with 4 children enrolled in 1, 3, 5, and 6th grade is like getting thrown into the deep end of a pool with a brick tied to you. The word sanctifying comes to mind. 

August until now has been the hardest - and with 5 kids that’s saying something - months of my life, but it has also been the best. Almost like when something “hurts so good.” My kids have cried tears of frustration, I have said expletives in my head more than I thought was possible, we have scrambled and rushed to get things done, we have been confused, I have messed up and missed plenty of things...BUT GOD. He’s so, so good.  

He’s still whispering in my heart and I am now in a place where I am still long enough to truly hear His Words.  

I am enough for my children. 

I am capable of teaching them and building them up.

I can do this University-Model school thing not because I have it figured out, but because God’s grace, power, and strength are holding me together. 

Pushing me through. 

Sanctifying my soul. 

Filling me up so I can pour it out to my kids. 

And what a difference just four months has made in their lives! I have connected with them in ways I never have before. 

With a large family, it can be challenging to get time with each child, and really address heart issues, change behavior by looking to God’s Word, and encourage them in their walk. There’s just no time. But now with our University-Model school schedule, there’s so much time and opportunities for these talks and they have been so amazing! 

It makes my mama heart swell knowing that I can correct things in real-time and I work hand in hand with their teachers at Cornerstone who are on the same page as our family. It’s like a breath of fresh air, and I no longer feel that I am drowning like I did before, but that God has me floating by trusting in His whispers and His promises. 

Our biggest goal in raising our children is that they will know Jesus as their personal Savior, view this world through the lens of the Bible, and that others can see the fruit in their lives that can only come from God.  

With Cornerstone and University-Model schooling, time has slowed down where I can now hear God’s whispers loud and clear, and I can see that fruit is coming.   

“So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.” 

Isaiah 55:11

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