A Blog Devoted to Encouraging Homeschooling Mothers

A Blog Devoted to Encouraging Homeschooling Mothers
The Burts in 2013

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Praying About Next Year's Homeschool Plans

Christian families of course ought to be praying families, just as individual followers of Christ ought to of course be praying people. And homeschooling mothers ought to be praying women.

If you have not yet set apart some time this summer to pray over the upcoming academic year, let me encourage you to do so. If we feel led to homeschool due to our Christian faith, then it seems pretty silly to fail in praying over each homeschool year before it starts.

I could give you a list of things to pray for, and sharply reprimand you for failing to thoroughly cover prior years in prayer...but that really isn't what I am called to do via this blog. I am all about encouraging homeschooling mothers, so I sincerely hope you are only ever encouraged by reading my posts.

Pray any way that works for you. By that I mean pray for a few minutes in the morning, or set aside an hour one afternoon when the little ones are taking a nap. While waiting for the kids at swim lessons, you could devote that time to asking the Lord to lead, guide and bless the next school year. Pray with your husband, or pray with a fellow homeschooling mom. Talk to God about your children, seek His direction and will for all aspects of your homeschool, and then trust Him to reveal to you what needs to be revealed. It really can be that simple, and I really do believe our loving Father will answer those prayers.

Give Him your worries, thank Him for His sovereignty and faithfulness, and trust Him for the next school year. You will be blessed by spending time in prayer, and so will your children.

Lord bless you and your family this summer!!

Day 319 done :)

Jan L. Burt
author of The Homeschooling Mothers Bible Study

PS - I have started a new blog that I hope will be a source of encouragement to women in all walks of life ~ you can find me at www.OpeningUpAWholeNewCanO'Worms.com

PPS - If any homeschooling mother reading this is in need of some Biblical encouragement, leave me a comment that includes your email address and I will gift you a copy of my book, The Homeschooling Mothers Bible Study (thru July 31st, 2014).

Monday, July 7, 2014

2014 Big Giveaway # 1

Okay, so that's a weird title for a blog post. But it's an accurate title, and it rightly conveys what needs to be conveyed...so I'm sticking with it. This post contains details about my first Big Giveaway this year. And while it is July, which is kind of late for my first giveaway of 2014, I'm still sticking with that title. (Now, this may not be the world's largest homeschool blog giveaway, but it is "big" for me, and I hope it's a blessing for one lucky homeschooling mother!)

Here is a list of what the winner will receive:

One copy of The Homeschool Mom's Bible (NIV). This is a hardcover Bible, which means it will hold up well for daily use, and I have to say the daily devotions are really, really good. My purpose with this blog is to encourage homeschooling mothers, and this Bible is a great source of encouragement.







One copy of the book Amos Fortune, Free Man (by Elizabeth Yates). This book is one of my absolute favorites! It's the true story of a remarkable man, and the impact he had on so many others despite his less-than ideal circumstances. I try to read this book once every year or so, as it always deeply impacts me. Really, I love this book and am so excited to give a copy to some lucky lady! (While it is technically a book for the pre-teen years, grown-ups would enjoy it too!)







One copy of the 2014 Print Book edition of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. This 288-page whopper of a magazine has loads of encouragement for homeschoolers! It's a resource you will reference over and over again. And I was blessed to write an article for this year's print book; it may sound like small potatoes but to me it was a very humbling opportunity.







One copy of the book One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp.  Many know Ann for this book, but I remember using her geography resources years before she became so well-known. Every mom needs to be encouraged, and Ann's book leads us to a place of encouragement via giving thanks. This hardcover book will be a treasure for the giveaway winner.




One copy of Gordon Korman's Book # 1 from the Island series - Shipwreck. One of my daughter's devoured this series several years ago, and she has recommended them many, many times. So I thought it would be fun to add this book to my giveaway!




And the last book in this giveaway is my all-time, absolute favorite piece of fiction...a book I read at least once a year...my personal copy is so tattered and worn, and it has it's own permanent spot on my bedside book shelf...The Four Feathers by A.E.W. Mason. Now don't assume the book is like the movie, because it's not. The book is a treasure that continues to surprise me with it's unflinching, enormous story of redemption. It's a great, great book. You might not think so based on the first couple of paragraphs, but give it a chance, keep reading, and I think you'll find it is one book worth reading.






Those are the six items that comprise this 2014 Big Giveaway # 1 - enter below and find out who wins on July 14th!



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Thanks for entering my giveaway!

Day 318 done :)

Jan L. Burt
author of The Homeschooling Mothers Bible Study


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

July

Today is July the first, 2014.

I can hardly believe it is now the seventh month of this year...it's as if I blink and another week flies right by.

Our family is in full-on summer mode, with projects and family time abounding. A short list of things we've done (or will do) this summer include:

finishing adding a 6th bedroom to our home
stripping & repainting a chifferobe
a youth group trip to Arkansas (in just a few weeks! yikes!)
my husband's transition to his new job
wrestling camp for my son (gotta practice in the off-season when it's college wrestling!)
my daughter is a photographer, so she has lots of shoots to do when she's home for the summer
selling curriculum/books I no longer need for our homeschool (I have close to 500 amazon listings...)
a fun jet-ski weekend @ the lake to celebrate my daughter's 16th birthday
our annual scavenger hunt to welcome new students into the youth group
and of course took a crazy-fun vacation to Florida...

Here are some pictures of our Florida craziness.













So what have you been up to this summer? Did you get absolutely soaked on a water ride? Or maybe got an enormous hug from Chewbacca? Get a picture with a giant Incredible Hulk make entirely out of Lego's? Or get your Hamm (from Toy Story) autographed by John Ratzenberger (the voice of Hamm)? Maybe someone sent a text to let you know that an Instagram featured pic was none other than three of your own children while waiting in line for a theme park to open!

Whatever you've been up to, and whatever you still have planned for summer, enjoy it. There is nothing wrong with truly enjoying the time we have together. It's a gift from the Lord, and it's good to be thankful for His gifts.

Have a fantastic summer!!

Day 317 done :)

Jan L. Burt
author of The Homeschooling Mothers Bible Study

PS - I am about to have the first of several GIVEAWAYS on my blog...sometime this week I should start the first one and trust me when I say I have some really, really good stuff to give away!!