I'm Not Antisocial, I'm An Introvert - I Am THAT Mom

For years I’ve been accused of being antisocial, and often times rude. I admit there’s been times when I’ve been short with people, but not rude, at least never intentionally. These last few weeks, I’ve come across several articles from Introvert, Dear. I’ve shared them on Facebook, sent links to friends and even quoted them to my kids.Being an introverted mom is lonely. Especially when you are constantly surrounded by normal moms, as woman once pointed out. Our girls were in the same gymnastics class, and she occasionally made small talk as I read a book. I politely laughed at her jokes and nodded at herRead More →

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We’ve all had those days. You know, the days when you know exactly which assignments you want the kids to complete before taking a week off, or before a holiday, yet nothing gets done. My 3rd oldest is turning 16, or actually she turned 16 last month but we are having a rather large party to celebrate this milestone in the middle of May, and unlike my oldest girl, this one is a little behind on the party planning. A couple of weeks ago we were scheduled to take a quick 5 minute walk-through the banquet hall where said shindig will take place. It’s notRead More →

Yes, I do need help. It took me F.O.R.E.V.E.R. to realize it, and even longer to admit it. I was raised by a single mom, she somehow managed to move our family of four to the United States, put herself through school while working 3 jobs at times, buy a home, and start a business, before she turned 30.  Those are some crazy shoes to fill. Can you say high expectations? She rarely asked for help, and she was always exhausted. Are you exhausted? I am. I even wrote about it here. Asking for help is not easy for some of us. Especially for theRead More →

A is for Awesome Adventures Ahead - The ABCs of Homeschool Encouragement

Adventure. An undertaking usually involving danger and unknown risks, an exciting or remarkable experience, an enterprise involving financial risk. As we continue in the ABCs of Homeschool Encouragement Series, today we are talking about ADVENTURE. If you ask me, the definitions above describe homeschooling perfectly. Danger. Unknown. Financial risk. I think my husband would definitely agree to that last one. I’ve said this before; homeschooling is not for the faint of heart. In my opinion, you ought to be either extremely courageous or extremely naive to jump into such a venture. Which of these best describes you? I wish I could tell you I was the brave adventure seeker,Read More →

Grace is the Word

Grace is the word, that you heard it is love undeserving. As a list-making-control-freak, one of my biggest goals each day is to check everything off my to-do list.There was a time when I had a checklist for every task. We’re talking step-by-step instructions for bed making, dish washing, and even list making. Yup, at one point I had a list of instructions for making lists [hangs head in shame]. As expected, this need to control every aspect of everyone’s life at every moment in time resulted in ridiculous expectations not just when it came to daily homemaking tasks, but also in our homeschool.  Read More →

Building friendships is not as easy for some of us. Dictionary.com defines a friend as a person who gives assistance, a patron, a supporter. We all need these supporters, especially when it comes to homeschooling.  Building Friendships is Not Always Easy I’m an introvert by nature; in fact, many people see me as either rude or antisocial; however, this is not the case. I’m just one of those people who like to keep to themselves and are constantly thinking about stuff, all kinds of stuff. I’m thinking about the groceries we need to pick up, the laundry I didn’t put away, the crisis in the MiddleRead More →

The ABCs of Homeschool Encouragement

Have you searched the word ‘homeschooling’ on Google lately? I just did and got over 29 million results in .59 seconds. Google found ‘how-to’ articles, ‘why you shouldn’t’ articles, printables, curriculum, you name it. Anything and everything you wanted to find out about homeschooling at your fingertips. The results are both overwhelming, and intimidating. So much so, that when I started homeschooling the first time, I quit within just a few months. because I couldn’t keep up with homeschool philosophies, trends, curriculum choices, my kids went back to public school the following semester. 26 Weeks of Homeschool Encouragement A couple of weeks ago, Amanda fromRead More →

Encouragement and Inspiration for the Homeschool Blahs

Are you in need of encouragement and inspiration for the homeschool blahs? I’ve heard it say that many homeschoolers are ready to call it quits in November and February. I’ve been there more than once due to burnout and when our routine and curriculum just weren’t working. Here’s some great news whether this describes how you’re feeling or if you just need some encouragement and inspiration. The bloggers at iHomeschool Network, have put together an amazing resource to get you soaring through the rest of the year. The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas Volume 2 was just released and is available on paperback and KindleRead More →