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Weekend homeschool links
Seeing one of the kids with this in hand hasn’t gotten old yet!

Areminder: All who order Give Your Child the World before its release date June 7th receive my bonus ebook, Give Your Child the ANCIENT World, FREE right now!

Give Your Child Ancient WorldIf you’ve been wondering if the bonus ebook is really worth it, I was beyond happy to get this message from reader Sara Onufer:

I’ve just scanned through my free E-book… I am THRILLED!! What a wonderful resource. Thank you for your work, Jamie! I cannot wait to get your book in June!”

Find out how to get both titles here.

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What we’re reading this week:

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10 things you need to hear on the hard days

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10 things you need to hear on the hard days

Do you ever feel like no matter what you do, you’re never “enough?”

Sure, you made breakfast, lunch, and dinner, did the dishes, and read to the kids.

But they don’t seem to remember any of that when you explain it isn’t time for ice cream right now.

With so many people in one house, it’s pretty much a given that at any point in time at least one of them isn’t happy with you.

And you’re pretty sure you didn’t win any awards for “Most Patient and Gentle Mommy” today.

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In fact, at the end of days like this you might be tempted to judge yourself even more harshly. Not only were you not at your best, but actually, you’re a terrible mom. The worst one in the world. 

On and on go the crazy-making thoughts in your head as you stew about the ways you didn’t measure up or were too (angry, critical, impatient, disorganized, fill in the blank).

You snap a shot of your depressing laundry pile or the overflowing sink after the kids go to bed and share it on Instagram with a self-deprecating comment and the hashtag #momfail.

It’s only meant as a joke, of course, but deep down it feels a little truer than you wish it did.

If this sounds even remotely familiar, you need to know two things:
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Giveaway: $240 history package from Heirloom Audio

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Welcome to this week’s giveaway–sponsored by Heirloom Audio!

About Heirloom Audio:

“Our mission, simply stated… is to provide Christian heroes for Christian families. We seek to engage our listener’s imagination by taking them back in time and immersing them in history.

Join us for daring expeditions and great adventures. Stories of virtue and valor, daring and determination, character and courage.

From history’s master of storytelling, these are the extraordinary adventures of G.A. Henty:
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The homeschool hack that’s saved my sanity for 8 years

The homeschool hack that's saved my sanity for 8 years
Give Your Child Ancient WorldBy Jamie C. Martin of Simple Homeschool

Give Your Child the Ancient World is my FREE bonus ebook, only available through June 6th, and I don’t want you to miss it!

Download today and get busy learning from the past, one book at a time, with your kids.

So I don’t know if you guys have noticed, but kids can be LOUD.

Like REALLY loud.

Happy loud sometimes. Unhappy loud at others.

And when you get lots of them together? VERY loud!

Confession: I don’t particularly care for loud.

I also tend to be an all-or-nothing person, which shows in the fact that my husband Steve and I added three kids to our family in less than three years. Less than two years separate them in age–and even less separate them developmentally.

After our daughter Trishna joined our family, we had a four, three, and two-year-old. Suddenly, a good portion of my life was loud. And though I was no fortune teller, I was smart enough to guess that I had a decade, give or take, of more loud coming my way.

Some people handle loud just fine. I’m not one of them.

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The three gorgeously loud beings of which I speak

Back in 2007 when I was adjusting to my new life as a mom of three, I didn’t yet know that I was a highly sensitive person as well as an introvert. Looking back with that knowledge, it makes perfect sense that I would find life’s sudden, uncontrollable volume overwhelming.

Desperate times call for desperate measures, and I knew I had to make life at home at least a little quieter if I was going to survive it, as well as add homeschooling to the mix.

A parent’s desperation–I think that’s how some of the best life hacks have been invented over the years!

My own conundrum led to an idea. One that’s gone on to save my sanity and allow me to continue homeschooling for eight years and counting.
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Weekend homeschool links

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Weekend homeschool links
Somebody turned 11 this week, but as you can see, he doesn’t like his gift at all. 😉 Happy birthday, Elijah!

What a week, you guys!

It’s not often in life that your upcoming book appears beside The Well-Trained Mind on an Amazon bestseller’s list, so I took a screenshot so I can prove it later on, LOL:

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Remember: All who order Give Your Child the World before its release date in June receive my bonus ebook, Give Your Child the ANCIENT World, FREE right now!

Weekend homeschool links:

What we’re reading this week:

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