If there’s one thing I’ve learned about homeschooling over the years, it’s this….homeschooling is so much more than the lessons, the worksheets, and even the books our children read.
It’s more than schedules. It’s more than writing. It’s more than the structure.
There’s a part of life that can’t be learned through books, through instruction, or through a checklist of do’s and don’ts for the day.
Sometimes it’s about life. Sometimes it’s about letting them get muddy.
Continue reading Let Them Get Muddy
Confession time, I am a grumbler. I am a complainer. When things aren’t going my way, I flat out throw a nice toddler fit. Well, I may not necessarily lay on the floor, spin around in a spectacle, but that’s what’s happening on the inside.
When my plans are askew, when the day unravels unexpectedly, when my children don’t respond the way I think they should…toddler fit.
It seems that I forget the goodness of the Lord. It seems I forget the goodness of His grace. It seems that I forget the goodness of life.
It’s beginning to become clearer of why the Lord so often commanded the Israelites to remember. Continue reading The Israelites, Toddler Fits, and Remembering God’s Grace
Warning to all parents, or future parents.
Kids are dangerous.
I don’t mean dangerous as in kids seek out dangerous opportunities (they do, but that’s not the point), I mean kids are the danger to mothers all over the world. Oh sure, they can pose a threat to themselves, but truth be told, they pose an enormous threat to their parents.
I always knew kids get hurt, it’s part of life, right? But before having children of my own, I had no idea the danger they are to parents. If you’re a parent, and this is a new-found discovery…consider yourself warned.
It wasn’t until my third child was mobile until I realized Continue reading Kids Are Dangerous And Moms Shouldn’t Vacuum
Ten years ago I was a new mom with a four-month old baby in my arms. Like most new mothers I was overwhelmed with the sentiment that I had no idea what I was doing. Knowing full well that I lacked the basic knowledge to care for a new baby, let alone be a good parent, I poured over magazine articles and books.
As I read I didn’t realize it but I created lists upon lists about what a good mommy does. I kept mental notes on quality time with my baby, food choices, activities to provide, diapering choices, play date options, scheduling, flexibility, going out, staying in, and on and on the lists grew.
Toss in a few more babies within the next three years and one thing was for sure. Continue reading Kissing Mommy Guilt Good-Bye
This is part of a parenting tip-o-the day series. Throughout the year I’ll bring you a tip you can apply in your parenting right away. I’d love to know your thoughts on today’s tip; comment below and tell me what you think! Be sure to subscribe to Anchored In His Grace, so that you never miss another parenting tip-o-the day.
Last week I was bemoaning to my husband about how my day had completely unraveled; all my plans, just whisked away. I didn’t stand a chance. I spent far too much time on a task I didn’t plan to approach that day, and far too little time on many tasks that needed to be completed.
I tossed up my hands and wondered why I even bother. Continue reading Parenting Tip-O-The Day: Remember This One Thing
You know, when it comes right down to it, I don’t consider myself a joyful mother. Sometimes I feel anti-Christian just admitting that I don’t enjoy my children….all the time. Am I the only one who has days when motherhood isn’t joyful?
It seems to me wherever I go, whomever I talk to, whatever I read, someone is proclaiming that we’re supposed to constantly enjoy our children…or at least enjoy this journey of motherhood.
So I feel guilty when I don’t.
In all honesty, I never wanted to have children in the first place. The primary reason why I did start having children, was because I knew I’d regret it later in life. So, when my husband and I had been married for four years, we were in a good place financially; I was young, and it just seemed logical to go ahead and start having children. Continue reading When Motherhood Isn’t Joyful
When I had three children, all three years and younger, I was overcome with stress. I read these words over, and over again:
“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in me.” John 15:4 NASB
Then I became even more overwhelmed.
How can I abide in Christ when I can barely keep my eyes open long enough to read one or two verses?
I was struck with wondering what Continue reading Abiding In Christ For Moms
I’m excited to announce that I am now a contributing writer to Essential Thing Devotions! Once a month I’ll share a devotion; hop on over to take a look at what we’re discussing today!
After spending the day homeschooling, caring for five children, and running our household, I’m pretty spent at the end of the day. But oh, how I love to involve myself with responsibilities outside of the home. Whether it’s with church ministries, or Continue reading The Great Work of Motherhood
Often times, when people meet me, they assume I must love children because I have five of them. They also assume I must have always been the nurturing type, looking forward to the day that I have children of my own. Continue reading Developing A Mother’s Heart