Homeschooling is a huge commitment, as any homeschooling family will tell you. There’s a loss of a potential second income, the challenge to stay on track academically while balancing the demands of parenthood, the expense of curriculum, and the juggling of multiple kids in multiple grades. It’s a lot to manage. As a product of private school, public school, and homeschooling, I knew from experience that homeschooling was what I wanted for my future children. My love story was never really much of a love story. I only agreed to go out with my future husband so he would see that we had Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
Homeschooling Through Deployment Those of you who are familiar with my story know that my husband is active duty Army. What you may not know is that in the last 9 years our family has been separated for nearly 6 1/2 of those years. Why? The biggest reason is due to my husband being deployed to a combat zone for over 5 of those years, and the rest of the time was spent apart for additional training. There have been some very trying times during those years of separation - and without our faith in Jesus there is no way that we would have ever made it through. I remember the eve of our very Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
Throughout life, we will have many trials and tribulations. This is certain whether we are Believers of Jesus Christ or not. How we handle them depends on our dependence on the Lord. But to some extent, I also think what sort of trial we are going through will determine how quickly we will “rebound” (and sometimes we do not ever “rebound” into who we were before our trial). While I am very biased, because…well, it’s my tragedy (yes, a trial, but in my mind a tragedy)…I feel like our lives were forever changed and challenged when our son Ethan died the summer of 2010. He was 7, and such a Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
Sometimes our life commitments are a tug of war for our time. When I thought about writing this article I thought about several things that would qualify as difficult to contend with while homeschooling. Some things have lasted a short time and then we were able to move on, but we have one that is a frequent source of pressure for me. That pressure comes from us having to care for my mother-in-law. When you have to deal with a person who is continually angry, critical or upset, it starts to take its toll. My husband and I have often said in the last decade that it’s like having another Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
Sleeplessness is something I am very familiar with. It's something I've lived with consistently for the last nine years and I can count on two hands (barely) the number of full nights sleep I've had inside of those years. And we homeschool all four of our children. I was exhausted after the birth of our fourth son in six years. Add to that his extreme colic and three young boys to chase, take care of, feed, clothe and educate....and it was a recipe for extreme momma weariness. I remember one very desperate day, there was a women's bible study group I had been really wanting to continue Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
I haven’t seen many posts about homeschooling through depression. It’s not something we like to think about or talk about. I guess most of us don’t like to admit when we’re depressed, and it’s not exactly a cheerful topic to discuss or read about. I know from experience, though, that many of us have suffered from depression, and life doesn’t stop for us just because we’re having a difficult time. I’ve had problems with depression off and on for years. It’s something that, unfortunately, runs in my family. I honestly believe it has to do with a chemical imbalance. Whatever the cause, though, Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.