During one of my monthly phone calls last fall with my homeschooling program counselor, Debbie, she said something about flashcards (of all things) that spoke some extra peace into the rest of my life. In math, I was supposed to be having my oldest two students drill one addition fact family per day for five minutes, three to four days each week. It didn’t happen
Homeschooling has been more of a gamechanger for me this year than I thought it would be. I think you can loosely compare starting up homeschooling to being a first-time mom. You can read all the right books, talk to all of your friends, research the best methods, and pray all you want about it, but it’s something you have to ultimately just figure out, and
I’ve spent most of my adult life as a Christian having “morning prayer time” as a “that’d be really nice’ kind of goal, but it was a goal that always felt like a dream that I’d get to…someday. I’ll start that when that baby sleeps through the night. I’ll start when things aren’t so stressful. I’ll start when the kids are older. I’ll start when I’m stronger
Baby Franco #4 is five months old now, and I’ve been itching to distance myself from the survival mode months of the newborn stage. The timing is right, and I’m using the new year to give myself a practical fresh start with homemaking and homeschooling. First of all, I bought a fantastic new planner from my bloggy friend Jenny Ryan at Mothering Sunshine, and honestly it
Over the past year or so, I think I felt like all of my blog posts needed to be wrapped up in nice packages made of hours of editing and fancy PicMonkey title images. That’s just not where I am right now. But here’s to getting back to blogging like I used to in the old days when I started Humble Handmaid: posting pictures of my
I feel like the slow, leisurely summer I had was probably a God-send. August has been a real roller coaster. First came my 30th birthday, on August 1. There was a long, lovely weekend of shopping, good food, and cake. Among my favorite gifts was a mini shopping spree at Bath and Body Works (thanks, Mom!). I haven’t had bubble baths and yummy-smelling lotion for ages. Michael has had to
Time for another true confession on the blog: A secret area of Mommy Guilt for me used to be that I hadn’t been able to get my kids to like reading Bible stories. We own at least four or five different Bible story books, but my young children (6, 4 and 2 by the way) just hadn’t ever been interested in any of them. Beyond Adam and Eve, Jonah and
I’ve had lots of people ask me lately how homeschooling is going. The short answer is that it’s going really well. Faith is soaking up things like a little sponge so far. I didn’t realize how much she knew already, to be honest. It’s been a joy to be her teacher. I really like the curriculum I chose for this year: Get Set for School.