11 thoughts on “When Less is More: Encouragement for Homeschool Moms Going Back to School

  1. So true! I just started year 14 , I love it. Not to say I never wanted to chase that bus down, but the blessings…Tomorrow I will not only have two of my girls , but my youngest grandson, 2 years old. He loves to be here and always wants to do “school”. What a joy amidst the mess. We are so blessed to be able to do this!

  2. It is hard. So hard. My house is also messy. There is no quiet anymore. I have a boy that asks millions of questions a day. It is exhausting! He makes lots of messes. Cleaning up when he wants to move on to something else has never been his forte, no matter how hard I have tried to instill that in him. But, I wouldn’t give this up for the world. I have time with him. I don’t have to rush him out the door to school anymore. I love that. My other two were in public school, and I dreaded the end of summer. I hated sending them back. It took my middle daughter a few months after graduating to finally decompress and become her old self again. I missed her. The pressures and the homework from school, I didn’t see her much for 4-5 years. So, I will enjoy my time with my boy because I know all to well, I will blink, and he will be graduating from high school, and then doing who knows what… college or something of the like somewhere.

  3. Heidi, thank you so much for this post. So timely as we just began our 8th year of homeschooling today! There were a couple points in the day where I was wishing that big yellow limousine was stopping in front of my house for a pick up! But on the flip side I am so grateful that it is me who gets to be home to hold my babies, kiss the boo-boos, teach the Word, dive into books and simply BE with my children. Some days are uglier than ugly but I wouldn’t trade it for anything because I know even through the ugly, He is making beautiful through our everyday crazy life! Thank you again Heidi. This will be a post I need to read the beginning of every year…

  4. Love this post! This is year 15 for us and I wouldn’t trade it for anything! My in-laws call the school bus the big yellow liberator and ask me what will I do without it? Always doubting my ability to actually teach my kids. My daughter graduated from college in June and is now an Officer in the Air Force in Medical School to become a surgeon. I still struggle with 7th grade math BUT I know where to go to get it done! It isn’t easy and there are days when I really wonder what I’m doing! Praying extra hard I’m not messing them up BUT it is so worth the JOURNEY! The Big Yellow Liberator can just keep going right past my house at O’DARK THIRTY!! Mine are still asleep!! So Thankful that He has allowed us the blessing of homeschooling 🙂

  5. Beth, I’m going to believe along side you that we serve a really big God who can move mountains and that no matter how many days, months, years you have with your children, God would make it feel double as you pour into those kiddos. Be blessed sister in Christ

  6. A gentle reminder that it can be just as tough the other way around. We send our kids to public school – my husband is an administrator and we feel it’s the right decision for us. But there are days I send them off and all I want is them to come back. I want to teach them and I want to spend more time with them. Not every public school parent “celebrates” when their kids are gone (and I’m not saying you thought that, but a lot of people do).

  7. Thank you for this encouragement, Heidi. Starting year 17 with half of our home contents in storage this year. Thank you for this reminder!

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