What will you see when you look back?

rearview mirror
My youngest child is 20, so the homeschooling years are behind me. Looking back, I have very few regrets. I know that’s hard to believe, but honestly, I have few regrets.

My memories are sweet, even bittersweet these days because I am still in transition, trying to get used to life without my three children forging their lives around me. Now I just hear about it, if they remember to tell me!

As I look back, these are the things I’m glad we did:
[Read more...]

Grace for the homeschool mom

Grace for the homeschool mom
Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool, also blogs about motherhood at Steady Mom

“I do not at all understand the mystery of grace–only that it meets us where we are but does not leave us where it found us.”
~ Anne Lamott

Good morning, hardworking mom.

I see you over there–forehead creased, shoulders slumped, tears on cheeks.

This homeschooling gig isn’t easy, but where did you get the idea that the whole thing is your responsibility? That their entire future depends solely on your ability to get it right?

You won’t get it all right and you can’t do it all, sweet mama, but here’s the thing:

You were never called to. That’s why there is grace.
[Read more...]

Nurturing your child’s potential

laurathomas3picmonkey

The following is a guest post written by Laura Thomas of This Eternal Moment.

 “I’m no more a wonder than anyone. And that’s what makes the world magical. Every baby’s a seed of wonder — that gets watered or it doesn’t.”
~ Dean Koontz, Relentless

I’ll never forget the day when my daughter Grace decided to get out of the jogging stroller and run with me. I was doing my regular 2½ mile jogging loop in our neighborhood and had only begun when she begged me to let her run with me.

At first I must admit that I hesitated: “Mommy might run too fast for you, honey,” and “If you get tired, you can’t just sit back down.”

She was undaunted and insisted. She wanted to run. I gave in.  She then proceeded to run the entire 2½ miles without stopping, whining or missing a beat.

She was three years old.
[Read more...]

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

Patterson-101
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?
[Read more...]

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.
[Read more...]