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Almost 13 Years of Homeschooling: What Are You Doing With Your Life?

I have so many thoughts and emotions as we approach the senior year for my oldest daughter. For anyone who doesn’t know, God called us to homeschool her when she was a four-year-old about to leave preschool and enter kindergarten. It has been quite a journey, with a very rocky start, and a miraculous near ending! (find out more here and here)

But as I look forward, I can’t help but think about how we were going against the grain 13 years ago, and here we are maybe going against the grain again…

The late years of high school bring about the constant questions about college and future plans. The age-old question, “What will you do with your life??” and, “Where will you go to school?” 

Well, I think about it more like this:

What are you doing with your life?

It isn’t like this is some huge stop and start point. Just like we have been on these past 17 years since my daughter was born, we will continue to point her to Jesus in each moment and say, “What is God calling you to do today…” So yes, the circumstances will change, the school will now be out of the home, the life path will turn, but life is a journey and this is another step in that journey…

We have a different perspective than many these days. Rather than pushing her to strive to climb a “successful” ladder in the world’s eyes, our main goal is that she uses the desires God has given her for His purposes.

Because we are ultimately here to glorify God with our lives. 

So I tell her to pray. Let the Lord continue to guide her just as He has these past 13 years of homeschooling, and we can trust His plans. We have seen firsthand His miraculous work in our lives and I am confident in Him and where He will lead her. His plans are always good.

They may look different from the world’s view of success. They may not include a high-cost education at an Ivy-league college for a high paying job out of school. And that is OK.

Because at the center of those plans is God.

I know my daughter has huge desires in her heart and I know the One who planted them there. He didn’t give her gifts, abilities, and desires to keep for herself, but to use them for good. And ultimately for Him.

So we look to the future and ask, “What will you do with what God has given you?”

We have been an “out of the box” family for many years- homeschooling, running our own businesses, and hobby-farming for ministry. We will continue to use our life for a purpose and for God. We were created for Him and will be used by Him.

And that is the goal of education for my children. That they will know Him, make Him known, and most of all glorify Him in whatever He calls them to do and wherever He calls them to do it. Ivy-league school, community school, or wherever it is…as long as it is His will and she uses the gifts He has given her for a purpose.

Life is short. Too short to be wasted chasing the wind. We want to chase Him. Wherever He leads.

So I look to my daughter and pray she continues to chase Him…and that is what she will do with her life.

 

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The Homeschool Fitting-It-All-In Summit

The Homeschool Fitting-It-All-In Summit

This spring, I’m pleased to be a featured speaker with Homeschool Summits for the Homeschool Fitting-It-All-In Summit, a free event hosted online this April 30-May 5. You can watch my interview on Real Homeschool: Letting Go of the Pinterest-Perfect and Instagram-Ideal Homeschool at 10:30 am CST on May 1st. I hope you’ll join us! You can register now at www.HomeschoolSummits.com/Fitting.

If you ever feel like you’re spinning your wheels, trying to stay on top of all the choices and activities that come your way as a homeschool parent, then this is for you. It’s a week dedicated to helping you decide what matters to your family, create a workable homeschool plan, and keep your path centered on the eternal – even when life happens.

Most importantly, each video from this event will focus on the truth found in God’s Word and the hope that lies in trusting in Jesus Christ for today and for the future.

All of the video interviews with speakers (like myself) bring a Christ-centered focus to these important steps on your way to learning how to fit it all in:
Charting Your Course: Learn how to change your perspective to match God’s view as revealed in His Word.
The Homeschool Gameplan: Get insight into academic necessities and how to make sure they can realistically work out in your homeschool.
Home Management Strategies: Find out how to keep household duties running smoothly in the midst of schooling, and come away with specific action items to make changes beginning tomorrow.
Building Your Team: Discover the beauty of a family working together to build God’s kingdom and how to keep relationships healthy for maximum joy from parents down to little ones.
Eternal Priorities: Reorient yourself to stick to the mission of following Christ, leading your children to Him, and influencing others for the Gospel

The entire event free if you sign up by April 30th, and in addition to the video content, you’ll also get access to an easy-to-search online vendor hall (with exclusive discounts and freebies) and a private Facebook group to connect with speakers and other attendees.

I encourage you to sign up today for the Homeschool Fitting-It-All Summit for a week of valuable wisdom and Christ-centered hope so you can conquer your homeschool overwhelm.

Learn more and register for free (for a limited time only!) at www.HomeschoolSummits.com/Fitting.

Podcast

How We Use the Garden in Our Homeschool and in Life! -PART 2 of the Garden Series-Podcast Ep 89

This is PART 2 of this podcast series.

PART ONE HERE


Last week we talked about how to begin a garden wherever you are and today we are talking about how we have used the garden in our homeschool and in life.

A garden teaches children science and math and many academic lessons, but more importantly, it teaches them about their Creator. What better place to learn about the One who created the world, than watching His handiwork come to life. The garden also teaches so much about character-hard work, discipline, and more.
Come listen in and be inspired to use nature to teach your kids!

LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

Part ONE- How to begin a Garden

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Just Some Things;And Why Love’s Farm?

God in the Garden

Hope for a Harvest

The Simple Life- Exciting Week at Love’s Farm and Living the Dream

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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.

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Podcast

How to Begin a Garden (And How We Use it in Our Homeschool- and in Life) Podcast Ep 88

this podcast is sponsored by Apologia

Three years ago we moved from our house in suburbia to our little hobby farm in the country. We are living our dream. Steve (my farmer) is joining me today to discuss how to start a garden wherever you are and how we have grown it over the years. He’s got great advice for anyone just starting out or even if you have been doing it awhile.

Then, next week I will talk about how we have used gardening in our homeschool and in life...this is the first of a TWO-PART episode!

Contact Steve with your gardening questions: steve@farmhausstudios.com

LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

—>FREE TRIAL —>phonicsmuseum.com/simply

Loves.farm

www.facebook.com/lovesfarm

Podcast Ep 30 • From Suburbia to Hobby Farm

Just Some Things;And Why Love’s Farm?

God in the Garden

Hope for a Harvest

The Simple Life- Exciting Week at Love’s Farm and Living the Dream

Graphics to Share:

 

 

 

FREE PRINTABLE: 31 Days of Praying for Your Homeschool

Get my books:

Simply Homeschool

Called Home

Real Homeschool

Have you tried the Phonics Museum app? I was given a trial and loved it! Check out this link and grab YOUR FREE PRODUCTS and YOUR FREE TWO-WEEK TRIAL!

–>www.phonicsmuseum.com/simply

Please visit our Podcast Sponsor:

NOW Available on Amazon!

**NEW** LOW PRICE FOR RETREAT TICKETS! Register today. Space is Limited!

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.

SIGN UP for Our Newsletter (Grab 2 FREEBIES)—>Newsletter

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

Listen to the Podcast—-> PODCAST

Watch my YouTube Channel–->YouTube

Visit my homeschooling site–>Bible Based Homeschooling

Shop Simply Living for Him——>SHOP (new items added!)