This Week in My Homeschool Mom Life

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A Peek Into My Homeschool Mom Life This Week

One of my plans for my blog in the New Year is to share more of my life with you. I have a desire for you to know me, the writer behind the words on your screen. I am truly a homeschool mom just like you. I don’t have it all together. I have good days and I have my fair share of bad days too. If you have followed my blog for any time at all, you know that I am all about authenticity and transparency.

Each Friday, I want to give you a peek into what has been happening in my life this week. If you follow me on Instagram, chances are you’ve already seen some of our shenanigans. This is one of the reasons I love Instagram. I love seeing what other homeschool moms are doing in their lives. They give me inspiration, and so often it feels good to know that there are other mamas out there who understand the craziness I experience on a daily basis.

This week in our homeschool…

This was our second full week of school after a long Christmas break. We made some curriculum changes and it has proven to be a very positive experience for us. I keep waiting for the novelty to wear off though. We are into our sixth year of homeschooling and I am just now feeling like I have a grasp on which approaches and types of curriculum really work for my children. We are currently using a mixture of online and textbook/workbook approaches.

I shared this photo on Instagram and on my Facebook page because I was totally blown away by the fact that finally, FINALLY my daughters were taking initiative and beginning their school work without me pleading and coaching them along the way.

I’ve had many people ask me to explain some of the curriculum changes we made, so here is a list of what we are currently using:

Math- Teaching Textbooks and some supplements from Time4Learning.

English- Time4Learning, and creative writing journal topics.

Spelling- Bob Jones

History- Heritage Studies Bob Jones

Science- Apologia Astronomy

Reading- we are focusing on one book at a time with comprehension questions after every two chapters. Our current book is Because of Winn-Dixie which both of my daughters are loving.

Bible- Totally Catholic

The combination of independent work {Math, English, Spelling, and Reading} along with us all coming together to do History, Science, and Bible is proving to be a great balance for us. Granted, we are only two weeks into this new plan, but so far so good! The one thing that I’ve finally come to grasp {and it took my a long time} is granting myself the permission to toss out what isn’t working. I’ve spent far too much time trying to force something to work for my family simply because someone else told me that it should work.

This week in my life…

The week should be known as the one when I suffered through sprained ribs from coughing. Yes, you really can do that. I’m living proof of it. It is super painful and resulted in me spending a few hours at urgent care, getting two injections, and covering myself in icy hot patches for days.

In addition to painful ribs….I’ve also decided to press the reset button on 2016.

The end of 2015 was so busy. I’m usually able to take a few days and really pray over my goals for the upcoming year, but this year, we traveled out of town to visit family the last few days of 2015 and the first few days of the new year, and I never found {or made} the time to sit down and really think about my goals for the New Year or talk to God about my plans, or to really even acknowledge the fact that a new year was beginning.

I’m feeling those effects now. I feel like I’m just spinning wheels with no real direction. So much so that I’m officially declaring Friday, January 22nd, my “official” New Year.

That sounds crazy doesn’t it? I know it does, but it’s what I need to do to take the reigns and have a fresh start to the new year. Whatever it takes, right?!

What I’m reading…

Rarely do I ever read a book more than once, but this is the fourth time I’ve read Crystal Paine’s Say Goodbye to Survival Mode. You would think it would soon begin to sink in, right?! No, seriously. This book is just THAT good. If you find yourself feeling stressed out and overwhelmed with the many hats you’re wearing, I encourage you to read this book. It gives you the tips and resources you need to not only survive, but thrive.

I’m also making my way through Crystal’s newest book, Money Making Mom. It is helping me flesh out some new business ideas that have been floating around in my brain for a while.

And finally, Blessed Are You by Melanie Rigney is blessing my socks off.

On my heart…

My focus word for 2016 is deeper. When I was praying over my goals and plans for the new year, God really laid this word upon my heart. It truly applies to all areas of my life. Honestly, in most areas, things have been going well, but I feel like I’m just barely scratching the surface of what could be. 2016 is the year to dig deeper. To form deeper relationships, to find a deeper spirituality, to go deeper in my business. There are so many areas of my life that I feel like I’m only just barely brushing the surface, and I know God has more for me if I would just take the time to focus and allow Him to take my deeper into His plans for my life.

High points of the week…

  • Stayed on track with homeschooling plans for the week. HUGE accomplishment, right?!
  • Ate dinner at home all week. No eating out!
  • Watching my youngest daughter {dancer} finally get a full split. She’s been working so hard to increase her flexibility.
  • A restart to my new year!

Low points of the week…

  • The steroid injection I was given for my sprained ribs has made me incredibly irritable. I hate not feeling like myself.
  • Snow/ice storm across the state of North Carolina has cancelled my oldest daughter’s gymnastics meet for this weekend. Though she understood the safety concerns, she was still incredibly disappointed because she was very much looking forward to this meet.

Personal goals for the next week…

  • More focused work time with dedicated work hours {which means dedicated off hours as well}
  • No eating out
  • Read for at least 20 minutes each day.
  • In bed by 10pm and awake at 6:30am on weekdays.


There you have it. The good, the bad, and the ugly from my week. Overall, it has been a good week. I’m excited about what the rest of 2016 has in store for me. How was your week? Do you need a re-New Year too?



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