Randy and Liz Mains live in Lenexa with four children: Ashlynn (Ally) is 14 years old and in her first year of high school; Ryder is 12 and in 7th grade; Gage is 10 and in 5th grade; and Adysen is 8 and in 3rd grade. Randy and Liz serve on the MPE Board of Directors.
Why did you first get involved with working for MPE?
Liz has volunteered in the past for MPE on a panel of homeschool graduates during a conference as well as volunteered at some of the vendor booths. We began serving on the board in 2015 and enjoy being a part of such an amazing group.
We wanted to serve with MPE because we truly believe in and see the value of this organization for all homeschooling families.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
We love the vision of uniting homeschooling families through MPE resources like the newsletter, website, conference, and more. We also enjoy keeping up with the most current happenings in homeschooling and collaborating our thoughts and ideas with the board.
Any surprises or challenges you’ve experienced in this role?
Anytime you get behind the scenes of an organization, your eyes are opened to the tremendous amount of work contributed by those who keep it running.
Todd and Pat Kangas have dedicated years of their time to see something they were passionate about develop. Others, including Mei Upsdell, Shanxi Omoniyi, and so many more are an integral part of reaching thousands of families in the Kansas City area.
Tell us a little about your family.
We attend Lenexa Baptist Church and love it. Randy works as a Battalion Chief at Lenexa Fire Department and together we run Legacy Christian Academy.
At LCA we strive to come alongside homeschooling families that are on the journey of homeschooling their families through high school.
We want to support the parent who is the primary educator by offering classes (science labs, art, etc.) that might be more challenging to complete at home. We have a wonderful community of families that are waking this road together.
Why is homeschooling important to you?
Liz was homeschooled growing up in Southern California, so homeschooling our own children was a pretty natural choice. We love the flexibility it offers academically and with our time.
Randy’s schedule with the fire department is not the typical 8-5 work hours, so often we align our schedule with his to allow for family time and travel.
Though it can be challenging at times, we have determined we would much rather have our kids home each day, living and learning together.
How would you encourage MPE families in their homeschool journeys?
We love the quote by pastor Matt Chandler, “The days are long, but the years are short,” and the perspective it helps us to keep.
When you are experiencing one of those long, hard days, seek the Lord, remain faithful to what He has called you to do and rest in His strength.
Be ever mindful that you will look back and see how fast it really went by.
Thank you for sharing with us, Randy & Liz Mains!
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