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Lost Your Motivation? Turn Around The Winter Doldrums in Your Homeschool Ep 79

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This is the time of year when I typically lose my motivation and want to throw in the towel. It’s dark, cold, and June may as well be a million years away. But over the years, I have learned many lessons about my attitude and how I can turn around the winter doldrums and continue to thrive in our homeschool. Join me today as I encourage you that Spring is coming! But don’t waste the time now…

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A Peek Behind Our Days – Keeping it Simple

Simple Days.

That’s my plan–simple–but often my plan is replaced by life 😉 You too?

However, I wanted to give a peek at what we have been up to lately in our homeschool, our family, and hobby farm life.

Winter has been COLD. I mean, like super super numbing cold. Right after Christmas it turned downright arctic. It was in the single digits and negative numbers for several days and for over two weeks we didn’t make it above the 20’s. 

Hobby farm life was not so fun with those temps. Watering the chickens in the morning was brutal and keeping up with their water (especially for the ducks who need swimming water) during the days was a challenge. But we survived. And the chickens did too 😉 They finally started laying eggs again after they molted and we had such limited daylight. 
This week the temps have been warmer and the nights are getting a wee bit longer. Hurray!

Which also means all that frozen and snowy ground has turned to mud. Pure mud. The ducks love it, I don’t have to keep up with the water so much (they even found the stream to swim in!) and it’s a sign that Spring WILL come again! Even though many days it seems so far off still.

Winter Schooling

Homeschool has been up and down. We have done well with keeping up with our schedule for the most part. A few unforeseen days here and there with *life* getting in the way, but all in all we are on track.

We’ve had some fun days adding in a few extra projects. Today the boys learned about Lewis and Clark. They then were sent outside to the woods to pretend they were on an expedition and had to draw sketches in their journals and return back with specimen collections. It got a bit too cold for more exploring, so next time they are going to walk the property and try to map it out! I love hands on learning. We also want to do some field trips in the very near future.

Most days that we are home have meant working with the younger kids doing math, science, cursive practice, writing, reading, and then read alouds and history. We have read Mountain Born and Mr. Popper’s Penguins so far in January. The high schoolers do mostly all of their work independently. 

Fun Stuff

Last week we took our first COLLEGE visit with my little (almost a woman) girl! Yes, the very girl that was just yesterday a kindergartner and I was breaking the news to my family that I had decided to homeschool! Oh, how things have changed! We had such a fun family day driving out to the school and enjoying our time together. I am incredibly grateful for that.

 

A Look Ahead

I am planning all of my talks for the upcoming speaking season. I will be at four locations for Teach Them Diligently (aff. link) and then at the NCHE Thrive! Conference in NC at the end of May. My family will be traveling along with me, which means we are not taking much time off of school the next few months. I know those weeks we travel will be sparse on the books, but life lessons will abound! It all evens out in the end, doesn’t it?

They are ready for convention season!

Simple Life

Even though our schedule feels somewhat busy these days, we have chosen things that are fruitful – so I don’t feel burdened. I try to remember that. It is worth it. By nature I like to be home (A LOT!) but sometimes it is good to be out of my comfort zone. I want to make sure I am using the 24 hours each day God has given me in a purposeful way.

As long as I get my Bible time in, spend quiet time with the Lord, and sit at His feet daily I am exactly where I want to be. Everything else is extra and I view everything else in my day in light of the time spent with Him. Do I mess up? Yes. Often. Do I have days where I am not nearly as gentle and joyful as I wish? Of course. But staying grounded in Him is everything. I can only imagine how things would be otherwise!

So I enjoy my birds, the views of our property, being home with my kids, and mostly LIFE. I try not to fill it with things that will weigh me down and let go of an unnecessary clutter. 

Pretty soon Spring will be spring and we will be in another season…so I am making the most of this one (even if it’s freezing!) and enjoying the simple.

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This summer, I am hosting a women’s retreat in Gettysburg, PA. In a world of excess, we are going to focus on that fact that Jesus is enough. The world will tell you YOU are enough. But truly, HE is enough. He is all we need. We don’t rely on ourselves, or earthly comforts, but on Him alone.  I have lived with it all stripped away, and I have seen that yes, Jesus is enough. In fact, Jesus is MORE than enough.

Early Bird Registration is Open! Join us for this life changing and life-giving event. You will spend two days with other sisters in Christ, tired of what the world offers, and ready to live the life that HE offers.

 

Check out where I am speaking in 2018—-> SPEAKING (UPDATED)

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Is Our Society Going Backward?

Is the Ease of Modern Life Helping or Hurting?

My family and I have found a new love for antiquing. Now, this is just a fun little activity we stumbled upon over the Christmas break, but what fun we had digging through vintage and old “stuff” in stores! It was like going back in time. It was fun to find toys or memorabilia that I remembered from my childhood. Lots of old records and books and all kinds of trinkets. There was the same set of dishes my Grandma had when we were growing up. Then there was really really old stuff—like the newspaper from the 1800’s we bought called, “For the Farm Country Gentleman” for $1.50! We framed it with a frame we already had and hung it in my kitchen. Fun and unique…and simple. That’s my kind of decor 😉 

One afternoon we found ourselves in the local antique shop and my husband was intrigued with this vintage printers set. It was a type case filled with the letters that were used in printing presses. He fiddled it with for awhile, as he is a graphic designer and it just mesmerized him! Each tiny little tile in the gorgeous wooden boxes were like a treasure for him.

On our drive home I asked him about it some more, and he explained to us how each letter would have to be set by hand  for each page of newspaper or whatever was being printed. And if that didn’t sound daunting enough…it had to be done backwards, so when it was printed it would be correctly laid out for reading. My first reaction was complete overwhelm! I said, “How on earth did they do it?” I mean, one paragraph seems like a ton of work, let alone a page or an entire book. And some of these tiles were teeny tiny!

And then it got me thinking…I am a product of our society.

Is it Too Easy?

Of course it was unfathomable to me to do that amount of work because in 2018 we really don’t have to do such tasks. As a matter of fact I am typing this our on my Mac computer, without thinking much about the type- I am not setting it backwards and lining it up and printing each page. I simply hit “publish” and it sends off to anyone in the world who wants to read it. And if I make a typo, I hit delete and voila! It’s fixed. Not so, if an entire page was printed with a typo! 🙁

Pretty incredible when you think about it really.

So, of course, that task seemed daunting to me. But, back then, that is all they knew. They didn’t know of Mac computers or even typewriters. They only knew hard work, so I suppose they weren’t comparing it as I am to the present ease of the computer.

And then I thought about how this applies to our society as a whole today.

Are we going backward?

I mean throughout all of civilization, we constantly have made improvements and moved forward. Little by little things became easier out of necessity. New ways of doing things were invented and technology boomed.

But are we on a decline now? The fact that my brain couldn’t wrap around such a difficult task made me realize how much my brain isn’t trained for! I mean, if it’s not easy and instantaneous, I get fidgety. 

But is instantaneous and easy always good for us?

Because this ease of life takes the work out, the thought, and even the process of doing the task.

If we keep moving forward at the pace we are going with technology, how will we know how to think? As it is these days, any fact I want to know, I can look up on a pocket device called my iPhone. But is that really beneficial? To a degree, yes. Definitely. Isn’t it amazing to be able to know anything I want in just a few seconds?

But, are we not thinking anymore? Are we so accustomed to instant answers that our brains aren’t working the way they used to?

These are just random thoughts I had on that drive home from the antique store.

Are we, as a society, truly moving forward or are we setting ourselves up for decline?

I’d love to hear your thoughts. Comment below.