Crickets….. can ya hear them? Yep, that’s what has been going on on my blog and facebook page the past two months.
Sorry guys, I totally left ya hanging! I sent out my newsletter promising I was going to do a post about what I am reading and I put it off, and I put it off and well……did you see my post about what I am reading for the year?
Nope, it’s because I didn’t do one!
I think in the season of raising littles again I have to give myself some more grace. One day rolled into another day. Dishes, laundry, homeschooling, naps, dinner, baths, Netflix ……. ( whistles and walks away.)
Ok so here we are! We are Almost ending March! To all the non-homeschooling mamas out there, February is a notorious ” I want to quit and send the kids to mainstream school” month. Sometimes this rolls right into March as well.
The infamous February funk.
ALL of my mom friends moms usually agree. February is when we all want to throw in the towel and sell the kids on Etsy. This year I am not feeling that way so much, we are chugging along pretty awesomely if I say so myself. I think I am hitting confidence in the process ( It only took me 4 years!)
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I know one of the major changes this year that have helped me through is to take six weeks at a time and reevaluate. Instead of buying curriculum at the beginning of the year and saying this is the be all and end all. I give it my six weeks, then we have our break and I see what’s working and what’s not. I tweak it, add a little, subtract a little.
This Book has helped me gain that confidence. I read it every year right before I start my school planning, it has helped me tremendously in my homeschool journey. Yes, journey, It has taken me four long years to realize that our homeschool does not have to look like your homeschool journey.
Each one of our children is crafted by God with different strengths and weaknesses, just like you and me. What one family values dearly, another might not value at all! And you know what that’s OK!
I have read every philosophy, looked at every magazine, stayed up late nights saving “Living Books” on my amazon account and worrying, worrying, worrying.
” Am I doing enough?”
“What if they grow up and hate that I homeschooled them?”
” Why oh why are they giving me trouble EVERY.DARN.TIME I say it’s time to read!”
” Am I giving them too many chores? Am I giving them too little chores?”
” I hope they won’t live in my basement!?”
( Ok, the last one was just me inserting my wicked sarcasm, no offense to you if you have a basement dweller! If you do its probably because you picked the wrong living books, just saying.)
I glance at the magnet above my stove the verse below hurls me back to God’s reality.
Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God
And I know, the God of the universe is SO much bigger than all the worries I can think up in my head. There is nothing I can possibly do to screw up the plan He has for these sweet darlings. All I can do as a mother is trust in him.
One day at a time.
We are only promised today, so I must make today count.
So in the doldrums of late winter into early spring, I am striving for that eternal sunshine. My anxiety has been at an all-time low this past month. I have passed the Anniversary of my nervous breakdown. And I am just excited about life, about homeschool and about each fresh new day that God has given me to carry out his plan! These are crazy thoughts for my usual February funk!
Some of the new books we are trying out for the second half of our homeschool year that is aiding in my enthusiasm are:
- Science in the Beginning ( An AMAAAAAAAAAAAZING curriculum that I can not say enough about! We are loving it! Especially doing an experiment before EVERY lesson!)
- Wordsmith Apprentice ( The mail system screwed up our order and we have not received this yet, but it looks so fun and I think my oldest is going to REALLY enjoy it. She is ready for a writing curriculum.)
- The Mystery in the Cave (The Boxcar Children Mysteries) ( I have been reading this aloud at lunch time and it even engages our 3-year-old. We love anything Boxcar Children.)
- Richard Scarry’s Best Word Book Ever ( This is a library book that we keep on renewing. That means it’s on the MUST BUY list! My 3-year-old just LOVES it. The illustrations are so fun and we love to pour over the pages and discuss everything we see. It is really fun for the young crowd as well as me!)
- Math Lessons for a Living Education 2
- Math Lessons for a Living Education 3
I am currently juggling 3 books myself but might replace one. I need something that is more about grace and homemaking and less about productivity and list making. Do you know what I mean? I have been overly focused on the technical aspects of my homemaking and need to get back to the heart of being a stay at home wife, mother and homeschooling mama.
I need to find the JOY again. I am trying to follow MoneySavingMom.com method of organizing her reading. She has really great ideas.
My Current book list is ROCKING MY WORLD ( meaning I am actually finishing the books!):
The Family Reading Bible ( I just finished reading Esther and am now digging into the book of Ruth.)
Heartfelt Discipline by Clay Clarkson was a game changer for me! It has literally changed my life and how I parent! I am almost completely done with it and recommend it to EVERYONE. If you want a book that offers grace based discipleship parenting, this is the book for you!
A wonderful and encouraging homeschool read. Full of daily encouragement to give you the extra oomph to keep on keeping on!
+ An audio book: Just finished The Lifegiving Home: Creating a Place of Belonging and Becoming and might go back and listen to Own Your Life: Living with Deep Intention, Bold Faith, and Generous Love because it was just that good. I usually listen to these while doing dishes or folding laundry.
I am also happy to announce that we paid our $48.00 library fine. Yup, you read that right. And we have started back on our library visits!(Don’t judge girl)
As I look at the calendar the pretty days of spring will be here before we know it! I am longing to throw open the windows and run out in the morning dew to cut fresh flowers for my table.
I hope the February funk feeling does not find you at the end of March! But if it does, just remember that happy spring weather is just around the corner. Take one day at a time, read your bible, find some books you love and refresh your curriculum. The birdies will be tweeting and you will be elbow deep in potting soil before you know it!
If you would do me a favor, can you help me figure out the next book I want to read to encourage me in my homemaking endeavors? I need something that is not about to-do lists, but about atmosphere. Let me know your ideas in the comments.