Starting Your Day Well

Dying to Self Each Day

Hands with Bible Open to the Psalms

Recently, in conversation with an elderly friend, the question was asked, “What is one of the biggest things you have learned in all of your years of mothering and being a wife?”

She thought for a minute, and her response was, “I learned that I needed to wake up each morning and purpose to die to self that day: especially in the years of mothering. If I didn’t purpose to do this, things usually went awry.”

There is so much truth in that statement. I started to think about my daily interactions. What are things that anger me? Why do I get so frazzled? Why do I get overwhelmed?

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Help, I’m a Distracted and Overwhelmed Mom

Prioritizing to a More Invested Life

Closet Full of Books

My best friend can clean a surface faster than anyone I know. I, on the other hand, get stress paralyzed by the smallest of crumbs. Eventually, I get it done, but organization and task management are far from my natural skill set.

Watching her, with hopes that I could learn from her magical skills, I noticed that she never leaves an area until she has completed it. She’ll make piles of things that go elsewhere, but she is completely present while she is doing the job.

I have learned this same lesson, the hard way, applies to with other areas including homeschooling. We as the mom/teacher have to multitask to some degree. If we don’t few things would ever get accomplished, but I do believe there are unnecessary distractions that if we would just be all in where ever we are that we could get to the other jobs and do them well.

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Combating the Holiday Rut

Homeschooling Through the Holidays

Reading Magazine Sitting on Stack of Books

Well, Mom, it’s that time a year again. If you are a homeschooling mom you know, the struggle is real. The gap between Thanksgiving and New Year’s can be a difficult time to stay on track. With so many things going on the motivation to keep schooling can just wane.

Of course, the kids aren’t going to complain at all that they have the month or even two off. After more years than I’d like to admit having this happen, I have come up with some ideas to keep accomplishing work throughout the holiday season.

So, mom, I present,

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School’s out for Summer

Lesson's Learned from This School Year

Journal and Pen with Notes

School is technically out for the summer or at least very close, but for most of you home educating moms it’s never really over, now is it? We all have those few straggler subjects, doesn’t everyone at least have math to do all summer?? And even when we are “done” we still have to plan for the upcoming year.

From an academic standpoint, I don’t feel like we have had a phenomenal year. But does any home educating mom ever feel that way? When I look back on what we accomplished or didn’t accomplish, I am reminded that the Lord directs my ship. He will finish the work that we started this year. I know we grew in a lot of areas both academic and experiential.

I recently read a book called Strengths Finder 2.0, in hopes of finding out where my strengths lie. I often struggle to see what I am talented in and find myself in a comparison game with other moms. I look at all of these great projects that other moms are doing. Their homeschool looks so fun at least on the outside, but mom, I’ve discovered something about that perceived outward appearance.

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Graduating a Graduate

Launching the Proverbial Arrow

Bow and Arrow Quiver

My son is graduating high school this week, and I have mixed emotions. I am so proud of the man that he has become and excited to watch the next chapter of his life unfold. But deep down I miss my little boy. I can’t believe that we are here already.

It seems only yesterday we were struggling over 5th-grade math problems. I can remember many days that I thought we weren’t going to make it through. From the many things I have learned in our first go around of homeschool here are just a few.

I didn’t always make the right choices. However, that one year that we gave up on math instead of sacrificing our relationship was a great decision. The Lord filled in the gaps that next year and can you believe he was reading math textbooks for leisure. Not to say giving up is always the answer, but not sacrificing your relationship is.

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Learning to Homeschool

10 Lessons I Have Learned As a Homeschooling Mother

child coloring with crayons

I have been homeschooling for what seems like forever. It is hard to believe it has only been ten years. And it is even harder to believe I have close to twenty more to go.

Its been a sanctifying process for me as well as my children. The Lord has been gracious and continues to grant us grace to get through each and every day, month, and year. He has given me so many lessons in this journey so far and today I want to share those with you.

These lessons have not come easy. They have come through very hard days, but the Lord is faithful to continue molding us to be more like Him. Praise the Lord! In this post, I want to highlight my top 10 lessons for you mom. I want you to be encouraged whether you are just starting out or need a reminder of the lessons the Lord has taught you.

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How to Get the Most Out of a Homeschooling Convention

5 Musts for Navigating a Homeschool Convention

stacks of school books

When you walk into that huge, huge vendor hall and see all of those booths with their marketing signs and loads and loads of books, it’s very normal to get completely overwhelmed. When I’m overwhelmed, I become stress paralyzed. Yes, it is a real thing I promise!??

To help you avoid stress paralyzation, I swear it’s real, here are five tips that I use each and every year as I navigate the vendor hall at the GHS convention.

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Mothering a Growing Family of Littles

Day to Day with Three Under Three

cute baby picture

Oh dear mom. I remember the days when I had 3 kids under 3. I currently have five under the age of six and boy, do I know the struggle is real!

Friends, I have experienced homeschooling a high schooler, a middle schooler and two early elementary kids, while juggling the demands of a preschooler, toddler and a newborn. Let me be honest with you, this can be a very dark time.

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One step, One Punch, One Round at a Time

The mantra of a homeschooling fighter

One Step One Punch

I have a confession to make. I am a Rocky fan. Fan being short for fanatic of course. I love the story, the fights, the music. When I hear that Bump, Bump, Ba…my heart flutters. I love it all! The final installment came out in December 2015 and it was great, so great that Sly got nominated for an Oscar BTW. Anyway, in the movie, Rocky is training Apollo Creed’s son, Adonis Johnson, to be a great fighter. He repeats the line as they are training – “One step at a time. One punch at a time. One round at a time.”

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