The Homeschool Mom’s Diary

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I remember my early years of homeschooling when I easily became discouraged. I would read books and blogs about how to create schedules, how to organize my school room, and how amazing homeschooling my children was suppose to be. I’d look around my house at all the things that I failed to accomplish and I would ponder whether I was really cut out to home educate my children.

God’s Word was a lifeline for me during those times and I  grew in my faith as I clung to Christ. I knew that I would benefit from the encouragement of other homeschool moms as well.  The problem was that I  was so busy trying to figure out how to homeschool that I never managed to find the time to develop any friendships with fellow homeschool moms. The Lord knew my needs though and He led me to a good dose of reality in the form of three homeschool mom blogs. These were not the fancy blogs we see today that are filled with practical advice, useful tips and beautiful photography. No, these were three moms who blogged about the ups and downs of doing life at home with their kids.

I can’t even tell you how encouraged I was to hear that they didn’t always get their school work finished and that their home was a disaster after countless hours of caring for a mischievous toddler or a needy child. How wonderful it was to know that some days went smoothly and some days fell apart. What an encouragement it was to learn that they were daily depending on God to get them through the day. And how delightful it was to read about the joys and successes that they experienced as a family. These blog posts were the real thing. No helpful tips. No advice or practical solutions. Just a good dose of reality.

I have blogged for a few years now in the hopes of offering encouragement and practical tips to other homeschoolers, especially those of you just venturing out on your homeschooling journey. While I will continue to offer up practical tips, I also want to offer a good dose of reality and hopefully encouragement as I share the ups and downs of my life as a homeschool mom.

So get cozy on your couch, grab a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy “The Homeschool Mom’s Diary” where you will find a big dose of reality and a little bit of encouragement.

~Janelle~

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Comments

  1. Thanks for doing this! I so need it right now! I am definitely sinking over here.

    • It’s been on my heart to do this series for awhile but I keep thinking, “Who really wants to hear about my life?” Then the Lord reminded me of how encouraged I was reading about the ups and downs of other homeschool moms when I was starting out. I hope it encourages you!

  2. I saw your “I don’t want to homeschool any longer” post from Aug 2014 on Pinterest. After reading it I wanted to see how you were doing today. Glad to see you are still plugging away. I’ve been homeschooling for 13 years, graduated one and working on my middle schooler and let me tell you, even us veterans struggle with that same thought. I don’t know why it’s different with this child, maybe now that I’m a grandma and watching 2 little ones on top of homeschooling I’m feeling a bit war torn or I worry I’m not adequate enough to teach a boy who is soon to become a man. I don’t believe I saw your post by accident and I’m encouraged that you are still plugging away. My children are 10 years apart, so watching my 2 granddaughters who are 1 1/2 and 6 months old along with schooling my 13 yo makes me ask how other people are doing it?!
    I know the Lord is faithful and he is not condemning us for our weaknesses. We do not serve a King who doesn’t understand and He loves our children and has plans and a purpose for them. God bless you and Merry Christmas.

    • Kim,
      Thank you for sharing a little bit of your story. I will be graduating my oldest child this year and giving birth to my seventh child. My first two children are almost 7 years apart as I was a single mom with my oldest before getting married. The hardest part of homeschooling for me is juggling between the different ages and maturity levels (as I’m sure you are all too familiar with.) One minute I am having a deep theological discussion and the next I am answering a question about where milk comes from while changing a dirty diaper! Our faithful God has sustained me even in the most challenging times and I trust that he will continue to walk with me as I continue on in our homeschooling journey. Merry Christmas to you, Kim!

  3. Love this
    Thank you ♡

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