A Blog Devoted to Encouraging Homeschooling Mothers

A Blog Devoted to Encouraging Homeschooling Mothers
The Burts in 2013

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Ten Years Ago

Not only is it New Year's Eve for me, it's a time to think back over the past decade. Ten years ago I was overdue with our fifth child. It was a bittersweet time, as we knew the Lord had clearly shown us that would be my last pregnancy. I do not have the luxury of further pregnancies due to my health, and while I was glad to be in the center of God's will, I was also somewhat sad that I would never experience pregnancy again. It was the end of an era for me...

Our youngest was born one week into the new year 2000. Next week she will turn 10. It's hard to believe it's been that long since I've had a newborn. In some ways it seems as if these last 10 years have flown by. Anyone else feel that way?

Ten years ago I wasn't sure how I would handle homeschooling middle school or high school. Today I have a freshman and junior in high school and two daughter's in middle school. Only our youngest is still in the elementary grades. And guess what? Homeschooling them into middle and high school really wasn't as scary as I had made it out to be. It's similar to some of what I heard about raising teenagers - I have 3 of them in my house right now and it hasn't been difficult at all. They are the same kids they were before they entered the teen years, they just eat a little bit more :)

So as I start the next decade tomorrow morning, I think I'll face whatever concerns I have remembering that the same God who created the univerise took perfect care of my family during the last decade, and there is no shadow of turning with Him.

I'm off to do some baking for my family - those teenagers are hungry again!!

Day 4 done :)

Lord bless your New Year,
Jan L. Burt

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Almost Time to Get Back to Work...

Well, it's nearly the new year and time for us homeschooling moms to prepare to get back into the swing of things. Whatever your homeschool method, whether you've been at this for a few months or 20 years, it's typically harder to get back to work after the Christmas break than it is to start the new school year.

There is something wonderful and exciting about a brand new year - something that isn't quite "there" when we start back up again after Christmas. It might be the long, winter days ahead, it might be the realization that there is still A LOT of work to do before we can close the books for the year, it might be that it's tough getting back to work after a wonderful time of celebrating our Savior's birth with our family and friends. Activities begin again, and it's time to start driving here and there and everywhere. No more sleeping in and staying up later than usual. It may be time for your husband to head back to work after some relaxing time off. It may be time to find a place for all of the new stuff and time for a deep cleaning following many days of ease.

But what else is it? Is it time for us to rise early and meet with our Lord each day? Is it time to consider how far each of our children has come - in their education, in their hobbies and developing talents, and in their relationship with Jesus? Is it time to consider all the amazing blessings we receive from our faithfulness in homeschooling? Time to enjoy family dinners when Dad gets home from work each evening? When I focus on all the truly "good stuff" that comes with getting back to school, I become thankful and even overwhelemed by all that the Lord has done in my family.

Yes, the down time was a welcomed blessing, but getting back to work brings many blessings, too. I'm actually getting excited...just a few more days and we'll be back to work!

Day 3 - done :)

Lord bless your new year,

Monday, December 28, 2009

The "So's" from 1 & 2 Peter

About a month ago I wrote down all the verses from 1 and 2 Peter that started with (or almost started with) the word "so". Each day during my quiet time I read over one of the "so's" and dwell on it, with the goal of letting God's Word conform me more and more to His image.

Today's post contains the "so's" from the New Living Translation, w/o the verse references...sorry, I didn't add the reference when I wrote them down and tucked them in my bible :) Hope you are encouraged today!!

" So think clearly and exercise self-control.
So see to it that you really do love each other intensely with all your hearts.
So get rid of all malicious behavior and deceit.
So I warn you to keep away from evil desires because they fight against your very souls.
So don't be afraid, and don't worry.
So make every effort to apply the benefits of these promises to your life.
So, dear brothers and sisters, work hard to prove that you really are among those God has called and chosen.
So you see, the Lord knows how to rescue godly people from their trials, even while punishing the wicked right up until the day of judgement.
And so, dear friends, while you are waiting for these things to happen, make every effort to live a pure and blameless life. And be at peace with God.
So then, since Christ suffered physical pain, you must arm yourselves with the same attitude He had, and be ready to suffer, too.
So if you are suffering according to God's will, keep on doing what is right, and trust yourself to the God who made you, for He will never fail you.
So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God and in His good time He will honor you.

Those are the "so's"! Lord bless your day everyone!

Day 2 done :)


Sunday, December 27, 2009

My First Post...

It seems the time has finally come for me to enter the world of blogging. The purpose of this blog will be to bring encouragement (and possibly some laughter!) to other homeschooling moms. Homeschooling brings it's own set of unique challenges and joys, and sometimes having others to share those challenges and joys with can make all the difference in how a homeschool mom's day turns out.

So, be encouraged - you are not alone! There are many of us on this journey, asking the same questions you are asking, wondering about the same things that keep you up at night, and thanking God for this crazy wonderful opportunity we have to homeschool our children.

My goal is to post 5 times each week - we'll see how that turns out! Hopefully I can encourage a mom or two along the way as I share my thoughts via this blog.

Day 1 done :)