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The “Other” Side of Homeschool!

I am reposting this from last year. I need a little mental health break today, so thought I’d pull this out as a great reminder for how God will work in all of our days-good and bad. My family has enjoyed the chuckle we get out of this post now-because we know He supplies all we need each day-good days and bad days. (I promise they all are OK with the pictures- we know that God uses everything to teach us. I have their permission to post them 😉 

I recently had a conversation with a friend who was struggling with enjoying her homeschool days.  She said it never measured up to what she “sees” in all the pictures or reads about in articles.

Well, yes, I do tend to write about our good days because I want it to be an encouragement to my readers, I realized I can be just as much of an encouragement by showing our BAD DAYS! Yes, you heard me~I am going to SHOW you~Homeschool at it’s worst!

The following is a series of photos I took purposely to show how things don’t always go so smoothly!

Yes, Ethan wore this all day.  If you look closely, you can probably see various parts of his breakfast, lunch, and dinner on that shirt…oh and some paint


Paint spill on the carpet, thanks to Ethan

John (5 almost 6!!) decided to practice writing his name….how sweet...except that it is carved into an end table!! Seriously….

Grace’s room after she declared it straightened up.  I guess things hanging out of dresser drawers is better than on the floor?

Recycling that has been on the counter all day.  It is a certain child’s chore to take out recycling…oh but did I mention he was busy carving his name in our end table??

Awwww…. my poor girl….1 of 3 kids sick this week and soooo sad 🙁

My darling husband, who while I enjoy having him work at home, he seems to take over the entire dining room table with his “stuff”

Pictures that I don’t have:
When the entire 72 oz. bag of choclate chips was turned upside down accidentally, all over the floor
The eight loads of laundry I did yesterday because of having sick kids, and being behind on the laundry to begin with
The diaper that somehow made it into the washing machine and exploded all over the inside

Now while, yes I want everyone to realize homeschooling is hard, it is made possible only by the grace of God.  I could never do what I do without him.  He gives me the strength and the energy I need.  That is why I write about the blessing homeschool has been to us.  All the glory goes to Him!

And we do enjoy homeschoool, most of the time…and that is usually  when I put Him first.  When I surrender my life to His goals.  When I realize He alone knows what’s best.  When I stop trying to do everything my way (or the way everyone else is doing it) and I do it His way.

We also need to be careful not to compare our days or our lives to others.  That is a dangerous path to go down.  To think our homeschool doesn’t look like so and so’s.  Our homeschool is just that…OURS.  Everyone’s days look different.  So we need to stop worrying about what everyone else is doing, whether we are being envious or critical of another’s choices…
We work for an audience of ONE.  
And that is God.  
Please Him.  

I truly believe if we put God first in all we do, that He will bless our efforts and we will be able to survive the craziness!

He took this messy, disorganized, little girl and grew her up to become a homeschooling mom doing her best! With God, all things ARE possible!

My kids whine, cry, tattle, complain, make messes, yell, scream, etc. just like all kids do. (I even do some of the above! 😉 But we can take those opportunities to minister to our children!  We can use those for good, to train them.  They’re all learning experiences!

“Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: 
 He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun. ” Psalm 37:3-6

Put HIM first and He will make you SHINE like the NOONDAY sun!  What a picture!

“Come now, let us settle the matter,”  says the LORD.  Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson,  they shall be like wool.” Isaiah 1:18

It is settled! He will make us clean. He will make us white as wool!  He can wipe it all away!

Praise God!

*P.S.  My husband wanted me to add audio to this post...that would really give you an idea of how crazy it gets around here sometimes….but I didn’t want to subject anyone to that! 😉

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