3.27.2012

on schooling and me not having it all together

Clean.
For an hour.
Until we have school in here
and books and papers are strewn across every surface.

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We spend a LOT of time in this room. That's why I'm SO thankful it faces the southeast and the sun pours through the windows on all of us. Grateful we're not sitting under the glare of fluorescent lights all day.

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I don't (think I) talk about homeschooling very often here on the blog. That's because I'm painfully aware that I don't have the whole homeschooling together, wrapped neatly in a pretty package. It's hardscrabble and flying by the seat of my pants sometimes and I have no place offering up what may be seen as advice on the matter.

Every once in a while I'll get an email from a blog reader who is just in the fresh planning stages of homeschooling. She's looking for advice. What curriculum do I use? How do I schedule our days? I admit those emails make me cringe. Don't get me wrong....I love, love to hear from people. Love to read of their excitement. But I always feel like she should be asking someone else. Someone better equipped to advise and encourage.

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I constantly am going back to my sources of homeschooling encouragement. Reading and rereading again the things I believe to be true about education. Reminding myself of what I seemingly forget over and over.

I thank God for the network of people He's graciously built around me. Susan's quiet posts on how her children learned at home organically are still my favorite reads....the place I go for mentoring (over on the more recent blog, too). Elizabeth's book encourages. Sally's book(s!), too. Ann-full-of-grace is a wise one and points me to Him. Tonia's journey blesses. Aimee generosly shares practical, nitty-gritty advice with me. And I'd be hard-pressed to continue on without my in-real-life homeschooling friend who calls to encourage me right after she gets my text that says, "I feel like throwin' in the towel today." Just knowing she knows what it's like lightens my heart. {Thank you, J.}

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Sorry, I certainly don't mean to sound so down on homeschooling today. I'm just sharing what's on my heart at the moment. I actually just planned on popping up some pics of the organized school room. :) May my words not discourage anyone about WHICHEVER educational path they've been called to! Because you know the ONE THING I KNOW to be true?

This....
"The Lord says, ' I will guide you along the best pathway for your life.  I will advise you and watch over you.' " Psalm 32:8

And this....
"Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you." Psalm 9:10

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And this...
"We pray that you may be invigorated and strengthened with all power, according to the might of His glory, (to exercise) every kind of endurance and patience (perseverance and forbearance) with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified and made us fit to share the portion which is the inheritance of the saints (God's holy people) in the Light." Colossians 1:11-12

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And this....
“Listen! The Lord’s arm is not too weak to save you, nor is his ear too deaf to hear you call.” Isaiah 59:1

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And this...
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.” Philippians 4:4-5

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And this...
"Though youths grow weary and tired, and vigorous young men stumble badly, yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary." Isaiah 40:30-31

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And this....
"If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God…and it shall be given him." James 1:5

I could go on and on here, people. You get the picture.

I'm off to live it.
May you see the blessing today in all your work and play.

P.S. Here is a shot of something that does work for us.  All the work for the day in one folder.  Whatever needs to be done (including chores) written down by me on an index card.

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11 comments:

  1. megan, even when we don't think we know what we're doing...even when the path may not be well marked, we encourage one another when we open the door just a crack and share the "how" of what we do. You never know who God directs into your path and how He uses exactly what you had to say/share as a blessing to others. I hope YOU are lifted up today by comments, reviewing the pictures of the lovely environment you've created, the minds and learning of your children, and the blessing of having them home - all for Him.

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  2. Just know that I am praying over this with you, for you, every week. God supplies, no matter how awkward or ill-equipped we feel. HE will accomplish for you. (((you)))

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  3. megan, thank you for sharing your heart and your home. both beautiful. keep living in love and grace and truth. all shining through. a.

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  4. that was me. andrea@flourishingmother!

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  5. let's have some awesome homeschooling talks in May!!! i can't wait!!

    and you space looks calm and clean...good work, mama.

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  6. i have about a 1000 things to ask and say but the most important is this...this post is such an encouragement to me. thank you.

    i am staggering through this first year of home school with a 8 & 10 year old...barely making it through the days and weeks and wondering what God was thinking and what next year could possibly hold. thanks you for the gentle reminders.

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  7. I think you are a rock star. Anyone who can teach their children at home deserves a medal in my book. You are doing awesome.

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  8. First, I found you through your home tour, which was mentioned on Under the Sycamore a while back and fell in love with your comfortable, vintagey style.

    I am also a homeschooler. I don't usually admit that because of the thoughts it seems to conjure in people's minds. Really, I'm just keeping my girls home with me because I felt like their lives and mine were stuck on fast forward and I was afraid I would miss something important. Or worse, not know my kids when I look up someday to find they'd turned into adults. Anyway, I feel what you're feeling on a weekly basis. Especially this time of year. When I feel like we are wasting time or not sticking to the plan, I try to convince myself to just enjoy their presence. That's when I see it. They are beautiful and every day I am getting glimpses into their hearts that I wouldn't have otherwise taken the time to notice. That is invaluable to me right now and I am so thankful to God that I have it.
    Thank you so much for posting such encouraging words. :)

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  9. I absolutely completely passionately understand what you are feeling. I muddle through my days feeling all those things. You are a rock star. : ). In my book anyway. Thanks for the post. I love sharing and receiving with you my friend!
    Love you. Hang in there! - j

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  10. i love your school room, A LOT!
    would you mind sharing more of the timeline with me?
    it looks fabulous!
    and girl, home school can be quite the trip, huh?
    but in the end, it will be SO worth it! :)
    xo

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  11. Hi Megan: I'm with Mary--loving your homeschool room and very curious about that timeline. That's the thing I haven't wanted to tackle in our school room. Thanks for your honesty too--so freeing for others.

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you and your words are a GIFT to me! thank you!