LIFE UPDATE: Our family has been living with my parents in my childhood home in Pennsylvania since we returned to the States in 2016. We applied this summer to Habitat for Humanity and have been accepted into their program. In 2019 we’ll have a new home in Gloucester County, New Jersey. They don’t give you a home, but since the labor is all volunteer, it’s a reduced-cost house. Over the next year we’ll be helping to build it. We have a son that uses a wheelchair and walker, so our new home is going to be all one level and have wheelchair ramps and everything. Right now we live on three floors, so that alone will be a big deal for our family.
My husband went back to school this summer. He’s working on his master’s in teaching English as a second language. He is going to school debt free which means a lot of budgeting is going on here, but the school raised the prices after just the first semester and left our budget busted. In praying over how to earn more money, I was inspired with the idea I’m going to share with you now. It’s a win, win, win kind of thing.
I have never put ads on the site because I never wanted to dangle something in front of you that said, “Your child would have a better education if only you could afford this.”
Most of you know one of EP’s core values is IT IS ENOUGH. I never want you to feel like you should be doing more than what you’ve decided is right for your family right now.
I was inspired with an idea for a way to use ads to not only help out my family but to help many other EP families as well.
I’ve created a page for ads on the site. There will be no ads in your face. You have to click on SUPPORT EP FAMILIES at the top of the menu to get there and see them. It’s a place for EP families to advertise their businesses, books, blogs, etc. For now, my only limitation is that I won’t place ads for other homeschool materials. (If people are trying to advertise things that are against my personal values, I might end up putting limitations on those as well.)
I don’t know if you realize how high traffic EP is. I could actually be asking $1000 a month for one ad on the main page of EP. If you place an ad, I hope this will help your family business. I’m thinking there are a lot of you with Etsy shops, blogs, etc. that could use some help gaining a bigger audience to earn more for their families.
Not only does it help EP family businesses, but when you place an ad, the money will cover our free EP books. This will help even more EP families because now people will be able to request any of our books, not just the readers. I don’t know if you realize that I spend thousands a year buying readers for people, so this will be a big help. It will also really help these families who may not even have a computer or internet at home and so need to use the books. Please only request books if you really can’t use the already free curriculum and have no other way to buy the books. It’s still money that could be going to help pay for my husband’s tuition! (The request link is at the bottom of the ad page. Click on SUPPORT EP FAMILIES at the top of the menu and scroll down to find the link. Take a look at what’s helping you get these books!)
I hope you can see the heart behind this new page on the site. I’m hoping that it will be something that will be a blessing to many. The first ads will go up on October 1st. After then I hope you will visit often and support your fellow EP families!