Can Christmas break last forever? Mid-year motivation for the winter-weary mom

Written by contributor Kari Patterson of Sacred Mundane.

I can feel my body tense up as I say the words with forced enthusiasm:

“Ok, time for school!”

They say what I know they’ll say: Do we have to? And if I’m honest, that’s exactly what I’m saying in my own mind. Do we have to?
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A letter to Newtown

a letter to newtown
Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool, also blogs about motherhood at Steady Mom

Dear Newtown,

It’s been a long year.

Last December 14th we woke to a chilly, frosty morning. We went to bed with the chill and frost right down in our souls.

Blindsided with grief as a community, so many times I’ve asked myself, “Of all the places in the world…why God did you send us here?”

You are a beautiful place to live…and an uncomfortable one now as well.
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All kids have special needs.

All kids have special needs.
Written by Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool and writer at Steady Mom

Over a decade ago, I had the extraordinary honor of working with special needs children in both schools and homes. I mainly helped them and their families in whatever way I could, and did my best to shower a little extra love their way. I worked with some children who were severely disabled, a child with cerebral palsy, a child with ADHD, and children with autism.

I both loved and feared this work. Loved it–because I felt like I was making a difference in the lives of these families and learning so much at the same time.

Feared it–because in the back of my mind I wondered if maybe God was preparing me for something. Like one day he was going to “make” me have a child with special needs of my own.
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Giving thanks

Violin lessons
Written by contributor Rachel Wolf of Lusa Organics skin care and Clean

Like you, sometimes I have it all dialed in.

Days when I’m a superstar from dawn until dusk.

From homeschooling to housework, to nurturing my marriage and myself – it’s all happening.

I’m unstoppable!


And then the next day… I’m not.

On these days I’m desperate for things to fall into place, but instead they all seem to fall apart.

Last week I had a day like that.

Okay, several.
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A vision for Simple Homeschool: What this site is (& what it isn’t)

A vision for Simple Homeschool
Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool, also blogs about motherhood at Steady Mom

Four years ago, the lovely Tsh Oxenreider emailed to ask if I would consider a job as editor of a new site called Simple Homeschool. Thrilled, excited, and nervous, I answered “yes!” and came on board when this blog launched in February 2010.

Whenever we start a new role–take motherhood or homeschooling for example–we don’t really have a clue about what we’re doing or how to do it best. We feel out of our league, on the edge of our learning curve.

As this blog began, I took comfort in a quote I’d once heard: “Anything worth doing well is worth doing poorly at first.”

Sometimes the only way to get better is just to jump in.

So I did–with an awesome team of contributors by my side. Looking back, I’d say it took a year to find our groove and even longer for this blog to discover its own unique personality.

Like a child who has emerged from infancy and toddlerhood, this space now stands proudly as a four-year-old, eager and confident. Which is why it makes sense to spell out a bit more about this blog–what it is, what it isn’t, who it’s for, and where I see it going as it journeys from a preschooler into a wide-eyed eager kindergartner over the next couple of years.
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