We just got our first big snow of the winter and it was so beautiful!
I love how the ground gets covered by a shimmering blanket of white. Everything seems to sparkle and look so clean and fresh. The colors of the birds seem more vibrant and the sky seems be a brighter shade of blue.
And then, it happens.
The plows come through and drop dirt and salt all over the road. The kids trample though the snow drifts and leave dirty footprints. The sled goes down the hill over and over until the mud and grass show through. The dogs go outside to do their business, and well…enough said :) . It makes me wish for another quick layer of fresh powder to cover the dirt again.
Homeschooling can feel like this sometimes too. We start off with so much excitement and enthusiasm. The new pencils are freshly sharpened and the notebooks look pristine. Our lesson plans are ready and several fun field trips are scheduled. The kids may even be ready for a change of pace and a regular routine after the long days of summer.
And then, it happens.
The first pencil tip is broken in frustration over a difficult math lesson.
The notebooks now have eraser marks and get tossed around until they are ragged. Not everything on the lesson plan gets done and a sickness interrupts the scheduled field trip. The kids are already counting down the days until next summer.
As homeschool moms, our “dirt” may start to show too. We get grumpy when things don’t go as we planned. Our patience starts wearing thin. We get tired and homeschooling seems like a long, unending road. We long for a fresh start.
We need to “renew our joy”!!!
One of the best ways to get a fresh start is to attend a homeschool convention. The HEAV Convention is one of my favorite weekends every year! I always leave refreshed, full of excitement, encouraged, re-energized, and ready (with God’s help :) ) to tackle another year of school.
2015 Virginia Homeschool Convention
Greater Richmond Convention Center
June 11-13, 2015
Do you need a time of renewal?
Would you like to attend this year’s HEAV Convention for FREE?
Today is your last chance to enter my giveaway (deadline is 11:59 pm EST)!
To enter the random drawing, comment on today’s post by leaving your name and telling me what brings you the greatest joy in your life :) !
Tomorrow I will announce the BIG WINNER…