Maybe you are feeling that, too. A mix of excitement and relief and fear. So I'm taking a moment to remind myself, and you, of the things we need not fear this new homeschool year.
Fear not ruining your child's future. You won't. You are making the best decisions you can, in love, and they won't be ruined by that. See point three - no decision is forever. If you realize one was not the best, pause and change course.
Fear not what other people will say. So they have an opinion - so what? If you are being true to your convictions and what you believe God is calling you to, don't worry about what others say. Listen to their suggestions, take what works, and get rid of the rest.
Fear not the tears. It's okay to cry, whether in frustration or sadness or joy. Tears reveal what is going on and can be healing, too. And that's all good.
Fear not admitting you need others. You do. Maybe you have homeschooled for years on your own, and now, this year, you feel like you need to join a co-op or a Classical Conversations community. That doesn't mean you just lost Supermom status and need to hang up your cape. It just means you're read to do things differently.
Fear not changing your mind. You will. We all do. Whether it is about a curriculum or method or homeschool group, it's good to try things on for size and then make adjustments when we change and grow or when we realize our first choice was not what we thought it would be. Don't dig your heels in and be stubborn just so you don't have to admit you are changing your mind.
The biggest "fear not", though, is not the "what" but the "why". We need not fear because God is with us in all of life, and that includes homeschooling. Commit your year to the Lord, and allow Him to lead you and your family on this adventure!