Finding Peace (The Homeschooling Mother’s Journal)

In my life this week, so many things have been happening! I stepped down from my work at The Old Schoolhouse and am currently enjoying being simply a mom and wife. I even enjoyed cleaning up the kitchen the first couple times I did it! I’m feeling much more peaceful now and the kids are really happy “to have our mom back,” as they put it. :)

Of course, leaving a job means financial changes and transition so my husband, Jon, is currently looking for a better job than the one he has. I’ve been searching online for good opportunities and have found a few where he can apply. We know God has something good in store for us, and we’re looking forward to seeing where our family is a few months from now.

A friend and I are actually looking right now at a potential business opportunity that would be great for both of our families if it comes to pass. Lots to pray over lately. :)

We enjoyed a wonderful Christmas dinner with our church family this past Friday. Our dear pastors who were called to a church in another state last spring were able to join us for the dinner, and it was a huge blessing to see them again. They’ll always hold a special place in our hearts.

We’ve been making lots of Christmas goodies lately. So far we’ve made:

  • Chocolate-covered pretzels
  • Chocolate-covered peanuts
  • Honey roasted peanuts
  • Potato chip cookies
  • Mexican wedding cakes
James has been asking for peanut butter blossoms, so that’s on the agenda for tonight.

In our homeschool this week, we are getting back on track (again). I’ve basically given up on the notion of having a full five-day school week ever. Last week, Nick’s birthday was on Monday so we had no school that day. Thursday, the kids had a pottery class and we went shopping, so no school that day either. Jon was off work on Friday, so no school. I thought about having school on Saturday to make up for it since Jon was working Saturday anyway … but when Saturday came, I thought, “Goodness, it’s Saturday, we can’t have school on Saturday!”

We’re doing well this week (okay, so it’s only Monday – so what?) and the boys did great with their lessons today. I got all of their Math on the Level 5-A-Day pages made up for this week, and I’m feeling pretty good about things.

I also discovered an easier way to do our All About Spelling lessons. Post on that coming tomorrow.

Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share… Go with the flow. Remember that learning takes place all the time, not just when your kids are “doing school.” I read a very encouraging post called School at Home Without a Lesson Plan from Legacy of Home today. She sums up what should be the true goal of homeschooling with these words:

Each Mother/ Teacher must find her own way of educating her children. There is no set rule.  Making it as pleasant and stress-free as possible is something we must always strive for.

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing… Tomorrow, Robert and James have a doctor’s appoint. Just a regular check-up and refill of their prescriptions. Robert developed asthma last winter and takes several maintenance medications, and James is taking Claritan for allergies.

We’re also going to pick up Nick’s and James’ pottery pieces from their class tomorrow evening, and then we’re going with our local homeschool group to a nursing home to sing Christmas carols. We’re really looking forward to the caroling!

On Thursday, Jon’s parents will be arriving from Tennessee – it’ll be the first time we’ve seen them in over a year. They’re going to be able to stay through Monday and will be here for Robert’s birthday party on Saturday.

My favorite thing this week was seeing our former pastors.

What’s working/not working for us… Math on the Level is working wonderfully! I can’t even say how glad I am that we now have this curriculum.

I bought Five in a Row (Volume I) a few weeks ago, and I used it for one week with Robert, using the book The Clown of God. Since he is just turning four this Wednesday, I really didn’t do many of the activities or lessons. We simply read the book each day, and I pointed out some different things to him. He still mentions, “It’s the boot of Italy where Giovanni lives!” every time he sees a map of Europe.

I need to go pick up a couple other books from the library so we can start using FIAR again.

Things I’m working on… I’m knitting and crocheting some Christmas gifts for the boys.

I’m grateful for a warm home during this cold season.

I’m praying for a job for my husband that will allow him to adequately support our family.

Photos to share…

Nick (middle) and James (right) singing We Three Kings during our church's Christmas program last Sunday. They did SUCH a good job!


All of the kids (except babies) in our church for the Nativity scene. James is seated on the far left, Nick is in the orange-ish robe with beige headpiece, and Robert is barely visible, seated just behind the manger on the right side - he's wearing a reddish-colored headpiece. Robert was Joseph, and James and Nick were both shepherds.

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  1. I love the pictures! I can totally relate to what you're saying about trying to balance work and home. I took a part-time job a few months ago (librarian) in order to help make ends meet during the winter. While I love the job, it is sometimes difficult to get everythiing done at home. Right now I believe it's where the Lord would have me to be, however, because I have had countless opportunities to share the Gospel message with patrons (they always bring up the subject first).

    I am making cookies too, trying to teach my daughter some homemaking skills though she doesn't seem to have an interest. I'm making her learn them anyway.

    Have a wonderful week!

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