A Blog Devoted to Encouraging Homeschooling Mothers

A Blog Devoted to Encouraging Homeschooling Mothers
The Burts in 2013

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Here I Go Again! PLUS A Giveaway

If you follow my blog, you may have read a couple of my posts titled "A Homeschool Mom's Devotional #1 & #2". That was the beginning of a new project, and I'm now ready to jump in feet first and put some hard work into said project. So my not-so-big announcement is...I am writing my second book. My first book was a 6-week Bible study for homeschooling mothers, available as an e-book or in print edition. This book will be a devotional for women who homeschool, and I hope to make it available in print and for the Kindle.

Now that I have officially made the announcement via my blog that I am writing another book, I should probably ask myself if I have misplaced my mind. After all, I'm a busy homeschool mom who will have 3 high school daughters and 1 middle school daughter next year (plus my son will be a college sophomore). Oh, and did I mention my husband and I head up our church's youth group...and next summer the youth will take a mission trip to Mexico...which we need to plan from start to finish? (Having done this before I know EXACTLY what it takes to prepare for this mission trip.) And I will have a senior in high school next year...and pulling off a homeschool graduation is a daunting task, as mama who is already teacher also becomes guidance counselor. Those college applications are actually a lot of work, and not just for the student!

After thinking about it for a moment, I have decided that I have not misplaced my mind. In fact, the most sane thing for me to do at this point in my life is to write another book. Because the Lord is calling me to write this book, and the safest place to be, the only place I ever want to be, is smack dab in the center of His will.

So here is my plan (which may or may not pan out, since I'll leave the final plan to God): I am kicking off my book writing madness today on my blog with a fun giveaway. This giveaway doesn't have a million conditions, I don't expect you to follow my blog or like something on Facebook or Tweet about my book, etc. (Not that those are bad things; they are simply not things that fit with the purpose of my blog). The only condition is that you leave me a comment containing your name (so I can contact you if you are the winner) and something that has been a source of encouragement to you as a homeschooling mother, which is fitting since the purpose of my blog is to encourage moms who homeschool! So tell me about a book, a favorite Bible verse, a speaker you heard at a convention, a fellow homeschooling mom, etc. and you will be entered for a chance to win a copy of Ann Voskamp's terrific book One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are. If you haven't heard of Ann Voskamp, she is a down-to-earth mother of 6 who also happens to homeschool. And her book will open your eyes to things you haven't seen before.

This giveaway will end on May 17th, 2012, so leave me a comment!

Watch for further updates on my progress and for more fun giveaways. And I will give away a second copy of One Thousand Gifts when the book is finished - and I hope to be finished by the end of August.

To see a fellow homeschool mother's Ann Voskamp giveaway, click HERE.

You can read my post "A Homeschool Mom's Devotional #1" HERE.

And devotional #2 can be found HERE.

Good luck and happy homeschooling!

Day 179 done :)

Jan L. Burt



  1. How exciting Jan...Can't wait to hear more about it...
    I am so blessed and encouraged every time I get the opportunity to hear Diana Waring speak...She has ALWAYS been so FOR the homeschool mom...one of us, willing to put aside her "superstar homeschool hero" status to get down to the nitty gritty details of walking daily in this path..to encourage us and show us hope when we feel like we can't do it and point us to the One who can do it through us...and she makes it wonderful, and fun, and exciting, and interesting...
    In my opinion...she is a jewel!

  2. The book giveaway looks great!

    One of the most practically encouraging things for me as a homeschool mama was to listen to Mark Hamby at our state homeschooling convention. We used some of his suggestions to really build the relationship between parents and one of our children. It made a world of difference and helped us to see the world from her point of view. So helpful!

    Thank you for the giveaway!

    Julieanne M.
    julestwin (at) gmail (dot) com

  3. thanks for this giveaway!

  4. The book looks great. Congratulations on writing your second book!

    I find encouragement from reading blogs by other homeschool moms. It is neat to get a glimpse into other homeschools and know that they also have good & bad days. And that we can accomplish whatever we set our minds on.

  5. i have read this book and it is amazing. i would love to win it for my best friend.

  6. Thank you so much for this giveaway. I have been wanting this book forever! :)

  7. My grandma has always been a breath of fresh air. She has always been such a great role model in my life.
    sassysasha817 at gmail dot com

  8. I always find encouragement with The Serenity Prayer.

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

  9. Thanks for the giveaway! Hope I win!