Congratulations to Kimberly Williams!
You won a FREE full family registration to the 2017 HEAV convention 🙂 !
I’m so excited for you and know that the convention will be a blessing to you and your family!
What would we do without our amazing dads and husbands???
Our homeschooling group wanted to honor the men who support our families and our homeschooling journeys, so we decided to host a special dinner night to demonstrate how much we love and appreciate them. The theme was “super heroes” since they truly are heroes to us 🙂 ! The kids helped decorate, serve drinks and desserts, and clean up after the party. The most special thing that they did though was they each wrote a personal letter to their dads. I loved watching the reactions and smiles as the fathers read their letters! So sweet!
It was such a wonderful night and I’m so glad that we got the chance to tell them all thank you for all that they do…we couldn’t homeschool without their love and support!
Ok, here’s your third and final chance to enter my giveaway for a FREE full family registration ($79 value) to the 2017 HEAV homeschool convention!
To enter, leave a comment on today’s blog post and tell me what your sweet spouse does to support you as you educate your kids at home….THEN GO AND THANK THEM PERSONALLY FOR ALL THAT THEY DO!!!
Winner will be announced on Wednesday, April 12th!
Tips for “surviving” and thriving the HEAV Convention 🙂 :
Here are some of my favorite memories from past conventions:
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Here’s a devotion that I wrote to to share with my church’s homeschool support group a few weeks ago – I hope that it speaks to your heart:
The winter months of homeschooling are tough. They can be lonely, long, and sometimes even depressing. By now, the newness of your curriculum has worn off, the days are cold and dark, your kids are less enthusiastic about their schoolwork (and so are you), there’s no big break in sight until Easter (which is months away), and you are just plain tired!
These dreary winter months are when I often start second guessing myself. The “big” plans and ambitions that I had in the fall may not have not come to pass. I realize that half of the school year is over and I feel like we should have accomplished more.
I begin to have doubts. Maybe I should have tried that other curriculum. Maybe I need to add another resource to be sure that they are mastering a particular subject. Should my kids be farther ahead by now? Are they learning everything that they’ll need to succeed in life?
What if I’m not doing any of this right???
I compare what other homeschoolers are doing and feel like I’m not doing enough or that my kids aren’t as smart as theirs are…
Well, just as my thoughts seem to go to dark places in the winter, the world around us is also dark and dreary. The cold wind blows through the trees’ bare and colorless branches. The grass is brown and gray. Even the sky seems gloomy most days. But what we tend to forget is that underneath it all, deep down beneath the freezing soil, new life is forming. Some roots are growing deeper and stronger, while others are resting in a dormant state as they prepare for the upcoming season. New sprouts are making their way out of seeds trying to break though the cold, hard ground. Things are happening all around us, even when we don’t see the changes! Winter will finally end as warmer temperatures welcome springtime. Summer follows predictably as the days turn hotter and hotter. The leaves begin to change without fail every October and we can always count on the order of God’s creation.
Just as the sure as the seasons come and go, God too is faithful as we homeschool our children. He sees our struggles and knows our deepest fears. He understands our doubts and worries. Our heavenly Father, who has called us to keep our children at home and teach them in His ways will fulfill His plan, even when we mess up. When we lose our temper or have a bad day. When we are burned out and don’t give it our all. Even when we make mistakes and fall short…I truly believe that He will honor our obedience to follow His will for our families.
I wanted to share some promises that we can hold on to during the difficult seasons of our homeschooling journey:
(I printed these beautiful cards from Clothed in Scarlet.org – Click here to print your own!)
Hold on to these promises. Post them where they can be daily reminders. Share them with your children.
God does not expect us to have all of the answers. He knows that there will be bumps along the way. All He asks is that we put Him first, to be faithful, and to rely on His strength and wisdom.
My son Ryan gave me a sign a few years ago that is a wonderful reminder for me– If God brings you to it, He will see you through it.
This spring as you see the trees budding and new growth springing forth from the earth (I promise it’s coming soon!), remember that God is working behind the scenes in your life and your children’s lives. Even when things seem dark and we don’t see any growth or change, we can trust that God is in control and that seeds are being planted. We can know, without a doubt, that” if He brought us to it, He will see us through it!”
Justin and I often sing this song sarcastically as we fill the calendar with activities and fight the crowds while shopping 🙂 every December, but all joking aside, it really is a wonderful time of the year.
We had a great Christmas and hope that you did too.
I can’t wait to share 2017 together!
The 2017 HEAV convention is only SIX months away and…..
The whole family.
It will change your life.
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