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Taking Back Your Sanity Life is beautiful. If you let yourself stop and really look around you, you’ll see some truly amazing works of God. But all too often the people around us muddy up that water. Or is it that we allow them to? Let’s face it…people are a hot mess. I don’t mean some people. ALL of us have those moments where we really shouldn’t be socializing with

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Organizing The New School Year Choosing Curriculum Welcome back to the series Organizing The New School Year!  We talked about beginning this time with reviewing last years curriculum as a family.  Now, we’re going to use this information to actually choose our curriculum for the new year. First we want to begin by creating goals for each of our kids. Character Goals: What do they need to work on? What

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Organizing The New School Year A Year In Review Let’s jump right in! How do you begin organizing a new homeschool year? By reviewing your previous homeschool year! Or if you’re totally new to homeschooling, review your child’s previous school year. Right now, I want you to pick a day in the next week or so dedicate it to a review day. This is when you sit down with your

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Organizing The New School Year A Planning Series I can not believe we are getting ready to finish our 9th year of homeschooling! Absolutely unbelievable to me. Where did the time go? This also means that my oldest is will be starting high school this coming year. Yep, I’m in full on crazy homeschool mom mode here. In the past I’ve started all this prep work after I finished the

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Homeschoolin' Mama by Meg Hykes - 6M ago

Start Fresh I’m so excited – we are back to our routine! We get to start fresh! Tell me I’m not the only one that truly misses the scheduled life? Don’t get me wrong, I love my down time too. But a few days into it and I have no idea what day it is anymore and I feel a little…well…lost. It’s been a month since we started back to

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Too often we see having "faith" in something as week, silly and maybe even childish. I've even heard it described as the "lazy way out". This visual of having a "faith muscle" was an eye opener for me. It takes strength to have faith in God and know that He has His hand on you.

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Bring On The New Year Wow, 2019 has already officially begun. A new year is officially here! Can you believe it? At risk of sounding like a little old lady, time is moving entirely too fast these days! So many possibilities with a new year, good or bad, changes are the one absolute in 2019. But that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Our own attitude and appreciation for

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Homeschoolin' Mama by Meg Hykes - 7M ago
Changes Are Coming

This year has been a crazy whirlwind. So many ups and downs in nearly every area of our life. Life is like that though right? Always changing and a bit wild. It changes whether you’re ready for it or not.

I believe that God allows the difficulties to come into our lives to teach us something and to grow us closer to Him. To remind us how much we need Him. Through much prayer, I believe that God is leading me to make some changes in my life, and one of those changes is right here with Homeschoolin’ Mama.

I talked a little about feeling alone this past year in my post, The Encouragement of Co-op, and the difference being around other homeschoolin’ mamas has made for me. Since then, God has placed it on my heart to change the focus of my little corner here.

This past year I was so busy feeling lonely (and to be honest quite pitiful for myself) that I hadn’t given it a thought that others may be feeling the same way. When I finally realized that so many other homeschool mamas are in the same boat, God began working on my heart to encourage all of you.

New Focus For 2019 & Beyond
  • Encouraging you to follow God’s lead: You are uniquely called, by God, to educated your children. You know your personal reasons you felt this loving tug from Him. I want to be here to encourage you to keep listening to Him and know He hasn’t led you down the wrong path. He would never do that to you.
  • Equipping you with the resources to do it well: Obviously I’m going to direct you to the Bible. I mean how are you going to be truly plugged into what God wants for you? But Bible Studies, books, Christian leaders posts, these are some of the resources I want to make sure you don’t miss out on.
  • Empowering you to continue your journey: I know the word “empowering” is thrown around a lot lately. But I feel it truly applies to us. By encouraging you and equipping you on this homeschooling journey you are being empowered to continue (and continue well).

You will see a lot of changes in the new year here. I’m changing up the look and focus. I hope you will enjoy it and share with your friends. Plus, you’re always invited to join us in our private group on Facebook for a little more personal talk too.

Love Life, Love God, Live For HIM…

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Homeschoolin' Mama by Meg Hykes - 8M ago
Taking Time Off

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And the busiest. Taking time off around the holidays is essential to making sure you place your focus where it should be – family.

Do you take off time at Christmas and/or New Years? Obviously learning doesn’t come to a total stand still. One of the best things about homeschooling is the ability to add education in nearly every area of our home life.  

But, I’m talking about shutting down your school room/area. Closing the books up (except maybe some fun readers). No testing or quizzing. Taking “official” time off from school. Do you do this? For how long?

This year my girls and I are taking an official 2 weeks off! Woo! It’s been a seriously long year so far and this time off is something we are ALL really looking forward to. Oh so totally needed.

It’s needed because we need to focus on our relationship. With the chaos of life around us, we have turned into this unit of people running from one task to another. Without taking some down time I worry that that’s all we will be. A unit of people running from task to task.

Are you in the same boat? Have you been running and running with your kiddos all year long and need a little time to grow closer again? Are you like me and you’ve turned into a “task oriented” mama?

Join me this Christmas and commit to slowing down and refocusing on the love of your family. Focus on reconnecting and just having fun with your family again. Stop. Take a breath. Bake some cookies. Watch one of your favorite Christmas movies. Do some crafting.

Enjoy this moment of peace with your family.

Love Life, Love God, Live For HIM…

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The Encouragement of C0-0p

It’s been 4 years since my girls and I have been a part of a local co-op.  We were only there for one year and we because I felt exhausted and overwhelmed with our schedule at the time.  I thought it was something we could drop and not really notice.

Since then we’ve plugged away in our homeschool, danced the night away in classes for both girls and your normal running around with a crazy busy life.  Life was still hectic and I didn’t feel that extra breath like I thought I would.  Instead, I felt something else.  Alone.

Yes, I had my girlfriends and wasn’t actually “alone”.  But when it comes to homeschooling your kids only another homeschool mom is truly going to understand all of the emotions that go along with it.

When you have one of those days  where your kids just aren’t motivated to listen and do their work.  Or maybe you’re the one that isn’t “feeling it”.  Only another homeschool mom is going to get that and encourage you do keep going.  Others are more inclined to say “maybe it’s time to put them in school” or “you’ve gone as far as you can go, it’s time to let the pros do it”.  I’ve heard both of these many times now.  I truly don’t think my friends and family are saying these things to be mean.  I think they honestly think they are helping with this advice.  They just don’t get it.

Most of us that homeschool are doing this because we feel called to it.  We feel that this is what the Lord desires for our family.  So the idea of “sending them to school” because life got difficult can tear you down and isn’t actually what you need to hear.

I’m Feeling Encouraged Again

We’ve been back to co-op since the beginning of this school year and I couldn’t be happier.  My girls are making new friends and rebuilding old friendships.  The classes they are taking are wonderfully taught by loving moms.  Our Christmas break is getting ready to begin and all three of us are disappointed to take the time off.

When I talk about my daughter who is trying to talk her way out of a project or my class clown who has an amazing ability to side track me, I have another mom saying “oh I totally get that”.  When I  wonder if I’m doing the right thing I have another mom walking beside me saying “you’ve got this, it was just a tough moment”.  I love that.  I love knowing that I’m not actually alone.

Are you a part of a local co-op?  What makes you keep coming back?

I’d love for you to join us on Facebook for our own online community just for homeschoolin’ mamas:   Homeschoolin’ Mama Community.  Join us to see that you’re not alone.  We may not be able to sit right next to you physically, but we can join you in prayer and encourage you to keep on the path that God has called you to walk.

Love Life, Love God, Live For HIM…

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