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Prioritizing Motherhood

While homeschooling is full of variety, with its unexpected and daily drama, it can also become chaotic and overwhelming for some. Much like striving to achieve and maintain a successful career, both can take a toll on you. For some women, either of these pursuits outside of God’s purpose and plan can lead to a sense of worthlessness, regret and frustration. If left unchecked, these feelings can transition into varied levels of depression.

A Letter to Me—Circa 2009

I’ve been homeschooling since 2009 when my oldest daughter was in the second grade, my middle daughter was three years old, and I was pregnant with my third daughter. I wish I had known then what I know now. If I could go back to 2009, here’s what I’d tell myself.

Hey there, you. So you are thinking about homeschooling, huh? Well before you make such a huge decision, you need to know the truth about homeschooling.

Why Homeschool?

Why would anybody in their right mind homeschool their children? Why would a person with a good education not work at a job that pays? Why would an adult do without the nice things that money can buy: the fun vacation, the in style clothes, the better automobile? Why would a mom stay home all day (and night) preparing, teaching, grading, planning, studying, recording, etc., instead of visiting, calling and enjoying friends? Why would a person devote all of her life to teaching her own children instead of letting someone who is trained do it?

Upon a Life I Have Not Lived

Upon a life I have not lived,
Upon a death I did not die,
Another’s life, Another’s death,
I stake my whole eternity.

God’s Plan for My Homeschooling Journey

We started this journey eighteen years ago. Through a series of circumstances, we found ourselves in a situation we never could have predicted. The system had failed us, and we had pulled our oldest son out of public school.

The ensuing years have been bumpy and blessed. Some of the bumps have been more like huge mountains, seemingly insurmountable. Some days have been too short and others too long. But the blessings have been more than anything I could have imagined.

I am officially ready to confess the following:

Keepers of the Springs

Health and life was restored from the waters that flowed pure again. Peter Marshall said that it is the mother who is the modern day keeper of the spring. Her ministry to the family, he said, keeps it glowing with health.

They Call Her Blessed

It can be a hectic lifestyle, one that can chase the sanity from even the sanest individual, the patience from the most long-suffering saint and the serenity from the calmest person. It is often a demanding job, a thankless occupation and an overwhelming mission. So, I penned the following words of tribute to my wife, Karen, and in fact, as a tribute to all homeschool moms.

The Gaze that Grace Gives

It has been said that a child’s first impression of God is found in the face of his mother. She gazes on him lovingly, ready to meet his every need, willing to sacrifice whatever she must to care for him, nurture him, teach him about his world, protect him, help him to find purpose and meaning in life.

My Mom’s Not Perfect and Neither Is My Daughter

Our family is much like yours and many others. We have struggles, communication issues, conflicts, joyful moments and areas where we can improve. But it never helps to compare yourself to anybody else. As a matter of fact, nobody wins the comparison game. In this workshop, Rachael and her sixteen-year-old daughter, Savannah Anne, share some mother-daughter stories and wisdom from their homeschooling journey with candor and humor. The goal is to help you stay in the homeschooling game, even if the struggles seem too difficult at times.