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Standing firm in your decision to homeschool
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Gena Suarez

Hey Mama,

You homeschool them. And in doing so, anytime your children desire to talk about the Lord, they can. They can lift up His Name if they so desire! There are no bans on the name of Jesus in your classroom. If an opportunity presents itself – a teaching moment so God’s word is able to be tucked away inside their hearts, you won’t miss it.

It’s a serious calling. And you have responded to that call. You have heard His voice and did not turn away. You know academics are highly important, life skills crucial, music and the arts fantastic. But none can even come close to that of teaching them His ways.

His ways are higher. Higher than any human system.

Faithful Mama, you are safe in His hand. He will continue to direct you. Stay the course. Do not turn away from that call. You answered. He will do the rest.

Isaiah 54:13 All your children shall be taught by the LORD, and great shall be the peace of your children.

Daughter of the Living King, leaning not on your own understanding but instead continuing to lean on Him – in faith – may you have PEACE that you never even knew existed. Peace from above is yours. Never will He leave you hanging. He holds you tightly.

And His hand is on your head tonight.
 

~ gena

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Diana Waring

Dear Friends,

 

Looking at today’s topic, I’d like to first veer way off-course with a story about what I am learning about jogging–and finish with an application to homeschooling … and how YOU can make it to the finish line.

 

In March, 2014, I met an old friend in Canada whom I had not seen in years. I didn’t realize that I was seeing her at first, because the person standing in front of me bore little resemblance to my old friend. Smiling at my disbelieving reaction when someone introduced us, Marion told me that her life had been changed by learning to run with the Couch to 5K (in 9 weeks!) mobile app. Losing more than 60 pounds and becoming physically fit will do that to you.

 

Well, I was all ears!! Eating out for months at a time as we traveled year by year had added pounds and decreased health, to the point that I was willing to try something totally outside my comfort zone. I told Marion that I had never been an athlete, and she assured me that she had never been one before, either. Her experience encouraged me to actually download the app, buy the running shoes, and go out the door.

 

Though the first month was very encouraging, the strain of traveling debilitated me once again, and I had to quit. I tried it again in August–and quit at my grandson’s traumatic birth and death shortly after.

 

I really want to do this, though. I tasted last year what it felt like to run, to get strong, so I decided to try it again. This time, though, I am going to take it slow. Instead of 9 weeks to a 5K, I am attempting to do it in 18 weeks. I am paying attention to my body, not pushing it hard, but encouraging a steady, little by little growth in strength and stamina. And the finish line is becoming more and more of a reality to me.

 

So, how does this relate to standing firm in your decision to homeschool? Well, here are three lessons I am learning about accomplishing something near and dear to your heart:

  1. A role model is powerful. Seeing someone else do what you want to do gives you an assurance that you, too, can do this! If you don’t have a homeschooling mentor nearby, my book, Beyond Survival: A Guide To Abundant Life Homeschooling, was written for that very purpose.
  2. Don’t attempt to do too much too fast. Learning how to homeschool your kids is a huge learning curve, and if you don’t recognize that, you could find yourself sidelined by frustration or find that your kids are utterly resistant. Here are blogs I have written that can help: Homeschooling How-To’s.
  3. Take time to nurture your family and yourself. Burning out and giving up may seem like the only option when things are too hard. I’ve learned that taking time to recover, to recuperate, to reinvigorate can make all the difference. For more advice on this, click here.

And, as Todd Wilson constantly reminds us, look for a homeschool friend to join you on your journey.

 

Remember, stay relational!

 Diana

dianawaringpresents@gmail.com 
 

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It’s a red-letter weekend at the Wilson home. Not only is our daughter Katherine (18) graduating from high school, but her oldest brother, Ben, is also getting married … at our house this Saturday!!!

 

It’s been an emotional and exhausting journey the last several weeks getting ready for the big day. I think I’m finally over the nightmare of wondering what we’re going to do with cars for 480 people (we’ve got a plan and the space), but the emotion of knowing our first-born homeschooler is about to leave the nest can feel overwhelming.
 

He’s definitely ready, and we couldn’t be more thrilled with his bride-to-be. Rissa was made for him, and I think they’ll complete each other in a wonderful way. It’s just that marriage is so permanent and so … grown up. This past weekend Ben was busy loading up all his stuff into boxes to take to their rental house. It was sad for everyone. Even his brothers were sobered by the thought that Ben won’t live here anymore. And my son Abe (14) was sad to see that Ben was taking his desk because he really wanted it for himself.
 

The weird thing about all this is that “I’m ready.” I remember thinking ten years ago about this day and welling up with emotion and tears at the thought of it, but now that it’s here … it feels right. This is the way God designed it and our oldest son is ready. It’s still sad, and I’m hoping I won’t embarrass myself at the actual wedding, but it’s time, and they’re going to do great.


I’m so thankful that we homeschooled our children. I can’t imagine having missed out on all those growing up years of teaching, laughter, and tantrums. Even Ben said a while back, “I’m so glad I was homeschooled … I would have missed out on so much had I gone to ‘regular’ school.”
 

It makes a mother and father’s heart swell with gratitude.
 

So Mom, you could put your children in public or private school, but you’d both be missing out on so much.
 

Be real … and pray that it won’t rain on Saturday!!!!!
 

Todd

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Hey, you made it all the way to the bottom of this newsletter! Thank you! I hope you enjoyed this week’s letters. Don’t forget to claim the HEY MAMA devotional book above or click HERE to grab it before it’s no longer free in a couple days. Also – do me a favor? – Please write me note real quick, and tell me what you loved most about what Diana Waring and Todd Wilson shared this week. What do you appreciate most about them? We love to encourage you….and we love to be encouraged as well. Please share with us how you like our columnists. 🙂  –
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