A Blog Devoted to Encouraging Homeschooling Mothers

A Blog Devoted to Encouraging Homeschooling Mothers
The Burts in 2013

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Anybody for a Giveaway???

It is almost August and that means homeschool moms everywhere are gearing up for the next school year. That also means it's the ideal time for some encouragement in the form of a G-I-V-E-A-W-A-Y!!

How would you like the chance to win a FREE ticket to a full week of wisdom, advice and encouragement from some of the biggest names in the homeschool community? Well, here's your opportunity to win a ticket to the upcoming Schoolhouse Expo (

Guest speakers include ~

Adam Andrews
Ray Comfort

Dean Butler

Todd Wilson

Jessica Hulcy

Diana Waring

Dr. Jay Wile

Hal & Melanie Young

Kim Kautzer

Antony Kolenc

Terri Johnson

Andy Harris

Jennifer Courtney

Joaquin Fernandez
Carol Topp
Adam Andrews
Andrew Pudewa
Ann Dunagan
Christine Field
David C. Gibbs III
David Stelzl
Davis Carman
Evonne Mandella
Tyler Hogan
Marie Rippel
Deborah Wuehler
Heather Laurie

Malia Russell ... and MORE!

 The event takes place online August 19-23 from 12:00pm - 7:00pm (Central)

  Click the SchoolhouseExpo button to find out more. 

For your chance to win a FREE ticket for this week long event, leave me a comment (and please consider following my blog if you don't already - changes are coming this fall!!). Be sure to include your name and email address in your comment so I can let you know if you're the winner! This giveaway ends on August 12th, so enter right away and share this info with your homeschooling friends. 

Good luck, homeschooling mothers!

Day 271 done :)

Jan L. Burt

Monday, July 29, 2013

Tweaking My To-Do List

Ever have a to-do list that's WAY too long? Yea, that happens to me pretty much every day. And when I only get a *few* items crossed off my to-do list, I tend to think of the day as a failure. But this summer has taught me not to focus so intently on the crossing off... let me share what I've been learning.

The list is just a tool. It's not the standard by which I must live every moment of my life. And if the tool isn't aiding me, then it's essentially a worthless, broken tool. This summer I have learned to use the right tool for the job. Due to ridiculously, unexplainable, unusually bizarre events and circumstances that have turned one-hour projects into twenty-hour drudgery's, I've opted for shorter daily to-do lists. And surprisingly, I get a lot more done with a shorter list.

Time is not flexible or negotiable. I've only got so much of it each day, and I cannot make it "mind me" and do what I say. Let go of expectations about how my time should "behave" and accept that I don't actually have any ownership over time? Yup, that's what I've had to do this summer. And guess what? I'm glad time doesn't obey me. That would be a total "waste of time"...pun intended!

Enjoy life more, and realize that getting things done isn't what life is really about. This is key for me as a type-A, homeschooling mother. I have given myself permission to enjoy life more and more throughout this summer, and it has been such a blessing. My kids are 20, 18, 17, 15 and 13. I don't have all the time in the world to enjoy them. So I'm just enjoying them in the moment, in the "right now". Sure, I still get things done that simply must be taken care of. But my perspective is different - and life is a lot happier.

To-do lists often have "must-dos" and "ought-tos" and "have-tos". Try putting some "want-tos" on your list. It makes a big difference in my attitude, and that impacts the entire family. Add some of your husband and kids "want-tos" now and then, and see how making the fun stuff a priority makes your day a lot less stressful.

So to recap - keep a short to-do list (like less than 10 items!) ~ stop trying to make time behave itself and mind you ~ choose to enjoy your life today (tell yourself "I like my life" all day long) ~ put a "want-to" on your list today!

Happy List-Making!

Day 270 done :)

Jan L. Burt