For the Mom Who Feels Depressed, Worn, & Weary

I hit a wall last week. Figuratively, I was pushing ahead, slogging through an overwhelming schedule, head down and leaning into the wind, when I ran head first into a wall and crashed. I needed rest, but life keeps moving forward so I had to get up and keep moving forward, too, dragging myself through the quicksand of my day. Sometimes it’s so hard to make yourself keep putting one foot in front of the other, because you are just. so. weary. Today I was talking with a friend about how I felt when I said, “I feel gray today. I

Reminding Myself Why I Homeschool

A few days ago I noticed a piece of paper which had fallen down behind the aquarium stand. I “fished” it out from between the stand and the wall to discover that it was the list of “reasons why we homeschool” which used to hang on the bulletin board above the aquarium. It was wrinkled and showed signs of water damage on one corner. It was stained and dirty with a half dozen thumbtack holes and a handful of smudgy fingerprints. Misplaced, worn… it looks like I feel. I haven’t exactly been 100% happy with our schooling for the past couple

5 Encouraging Bible Verses For Homeschool Moms

For the homeschool moms who are weary, or frazzled, or overwhelmed, or uncertain, or needing encouragement: Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance, to understand a proverb and a saying, the words of the wise and their riddles. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching, for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck. (Proverbs 1:5-9 ESV) We like to pray that one over our children, or

Homeschooling High School

When my oldest daughter was almost three, we started thinking about homeschooling. My husband had some experience with homeschool; we had many friends who intended or already were homeschooling. I had some college under my belt for elementary education, thinking that God was calling me to teach (but not really having a specific plan for that.) My happy, chubby-cheeked, golden-curled toddler was well behaved, curious and delightfully obedient. I wasn’t worried about whether or not she would be a good student. Myself on the other hand… I was near delivery with our second child and not very well self-disciplined. I

The only three things you NEED to homeschool.

There are lots of things that people will say you NEED to homeschool. During this “back to school” season, there are pretty of shiny, new things to tempt us as well. There’s plenty that you CAN use, many things that will make it easier, and some things that you’ll feel like you couldn’t really live with out. But when you get down to it (you COULD homeschool without internet, or a laminator, or a printer, really,) there are really only three things that you truly NEED. Just three. The ONLY three things you need to homeschool your kids. Heart Homeschooling

5 Curriculum Tips I’d Give Myself Of The Past

  If you could send a note back through time, what would you tell the “new homeschool mom” you?What would you specifically tell yourself about your curriculum choices? So much of the first few years (or five or seven) is about finding the right curriculum fit for your family. Wouldn’t it have been nice to find the right fit right off the bat? (Were you one of the lucky ones that did?) I look back over the years to see what we began with and look at what we’re using now and– I see nothing that’s the same. =) That’s