I am super excited to introduce you to Rosenda Valenzuela today as a special guest on the podcast. Rosenda’s YouTube Channel, Little Pink Casa is such an encouraging space and I have enjoyed watching her videos about homemaking and being a wife and mom. Her heart is evident for making your home a beautiful place, not for Pinterest or Instagram, but for the Lord and her family. She is such an encouragement. Grab your coffee or tea and listen as we talk about the heart behind homemaking and serving your family.
About Rosenda Valenzuela: Ministry wife to her college sweetheart and homeschool mom of one teen daughter. Creating lovely in the little by inspiring thousands of ladies since 2012 in the joy of homemaking, feminine style and romantic home.
In the middle of winter it is often easy to cocoon yourself and not reach out too much to your neighbor. The days are dark and cold and it is easy to focus inward. But there are many things you can do right form your home to love on your neighbor and share the Light of Christ.
Shovel snow for your neighbor. Don’t ask. Just do it! Let them experience an unexpected blessing.
Write letters/cards. This is a lost art these days. Sure you can text or email any time, but there is something special about receiving a hand written letter. It means someone took time to sit down and write! Include some encouraging Bible verses.
Send a meal! Use the Door Dash app or similar and send some warm soup, a hot lunch, or even a coffee and treat. There are so many options these days. Include an encouraging message or make it anonymous!
Be an Internet missionary! From the comfort of your home, you can share the Gospel! Use your space of the Internet for good. When folks are caught up in the negativity, your positivity may be just what they need. Point to Jesus! Share Scripture or words of encouragement. There are enough words of division these days.
Pray. This involves nothing but time between you and the Lord. Pray for your neighbors. Pray for your communities. Pray for the Light to penetrate this dark world. Then pick one specific person that needs the Lord and commit to pray for them each day for a month. Watch what the Lord does!
Simply Go! is a new initiative of the Simply Living for Him ministry that focuses on missional living in the lives of everyday women. Based on Acts 4:13, which describes the disciples as ordinary men who had been changed by an extraordinary God, and those around them simply recognized that they had been with Jesus. As we begin to approach Spring, we have some ideas that we will move forward with for our Simply Go! initiative. We will share resources, new challenges, and encouraging blog articles about being missional in your everyday life.
We want to encourage you that you can be missional right where you are–in your home, community, and everyday life. You simply need to reflect Jesus! So while Simply Living for Him provides resources to help you spend time with Jesus, Simply Go! is the next step in then shining that light!
This world is getting darker each day and it is our duty and privilege to shine the light of Christ! You will find challenges, ideas, encouragement, and resources in this section.
As we are in the thick of our homeschool year and it has not matched my plans from the beginning of the year, I am constantly reminding myself of this truth that I wholeheartedly believe:
Homeschooling is not our whole life. It is a part of our life. We do not homeschool and try to fit life in around it, but rather, we live life and fit our homeschool into that life.
Sometimes life gets crazy. Sometimes we have seasons of change, loss, birth, and all kinds of transitions. And that often means, our pretty neat and organized lesson planner is left with a lot of unchecked boxes. But please don’t let those checkmarks define your learning.
Our kids have been immersed in our life everyday for years. They have walked through many seasons with us. And we all walked together. Don’t underestimate the lessons that are there. We have taken them with us on many of life’s journeys:
Buying and selling a house
Death and new births
BIG family transitions
These are just to name a few. And as I look at my to grown children now, who are graduated from the “formal” years of schooling, I see a few very important observations.
They have been well-equipped fo LIFE. Not just a test. Not just a paper. Not just a class. Not just a syllabus. They are equipped for LIFE. They are both independent. They are making a life for themselves. They are making wise choices. They are confident. And most importantly, above all, they are following the Lord.
I have always said, the very most important life skill you can teach your child is to follow Him. I mean, if they are doing that, what else is there to worry about?
I have also observed that they are continuing to LEARN. I believe we lay a groundwork for education in their formal schooling at home, but the real learning begins after graduation. They will always be learning, and in the world we live in, you can literally learning anything you want at any time. There is an abundance of information out there, so learning is constant.
As an adult, I can definitively say that I have learned more in my years post high school, than I ever did before graduation day. I have learned much, much more in these past decades than in 12 years of schooling. So parents, please don’t think you have to teach them everything they need to know. They are going to learn far beyond these years. Give them the tools to learn. Give them the desire to learn. Teach them how to learn.
If you are like me, with boxes unchecked and days constantly interrupted by life, refocus. Shift your perspective. Ask yourself, what is GOD teaching us in these days? Maybe, just maybe, it’s those interruptions that are the real teacher. Watching Mommy and Daddy walk through a crisis is a lesson. Learning how to navigate life’s various ups and downs is a lesson. And teaching them to rely on the Lord through it all, is the greatest lesson there is.
I see it now in my older children. They are following Him, relying on Him, growing in Him, and learning along the way. Their foundation was our focus. Because if we had focused solely on academics, when life came at them with difficulties, the math curriculum wasn’t going to be the answer. God was and still is.
So, rest assured today. Eyes on the Lord. This life goes by quickly. At the end of your years, it won’t matter what language book you used, what science curriculum you chose, but that you built a family on the foundation that lasts beyond the homeschool years.
Read more about our journey in my book, The Simple Homeschool Journey: Building a Family, Not Just a Transcript
Today I have a special guest! My hubby and I decided to sit down and do an impromptu episode, but things did get a bit serious, as we talked about life around here the past two years, letting your daughter leave home and get married from a dad’s perspective, and seeing how we handle things QUITE differently, yet God leads us in all. Join us for fun, laughs, and some (almost) tears!