Affording Homeschooling: 3 Ways To Make It Work

 

If you read my post last week, you’ll see that we have chosen our curriculum and are ready to start school if I could ever just stay home from the beach.  Before the choices are made and I’m just looking at a long list of books for four daughters, in four different grades, it makes my head spin a little. Affording homeschooling can be tricky, but I’m sharing with you the three things that have made homeschooling affordable, while still being relevant and not choking on library reserve lists or late fees.

 

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Follow-Up Thoughts

If you read my previous post, thank you.

If you simply read the quote on social media and reacted – please read the entire post. That kind of reaction is the exact thing that I called out as harmful to a church culture. We, as Christian women, need to learn that making assumptions only causes divisions and hurt.

If it’s instantly assumed that a woman who works in a job that isn’t a part of her husband’s career isn’t submitted to God and her husband – there’s a problem.

If it’s instantly assumed that a woman who homeschools thinks working women are liberal feminists who hate conservatives – there’s a problem.

 

We are not all supposed to be the same. God designed us each uniquely with our own gifts and talents. Why would we then assume that anyone that isn’t just like us is against us?

For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink into[a] one Spirit. For in fact the body is not one member but many.

If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling? But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased.  And if they were all one member, where would the body be?

 But now indeed there are many members, yet one body. And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary. And those members of the body which we think to be less honorable, on these we bestow greater honor; and our unpresentable parts have greater modesty,  but our presentable parts have no need. But God composed the body, having given greater honor to that part which lacks it, that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.

 Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.

Let’s learn to assume good, as I stated in my previous post. Let’s assume that every Jesus loving woman is doing her best to serve God in her unique situation. Others may be experiencing pain and hardship that you cannot even comprehend. By judging based on one small aspect of their lives, the pain only gets worse and the division gets bigger.

Proverbs 31 and Side Hustles

She considers a field and buys it;
    out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
She sets about her work vigorously;
    her arms are strong for her tasks.
She sees that her trading is profitable,
    and her lamp does not go out at night.

Proverbs 31:16-18

Well, sort of. My lamp definitely goes out at night. But these verses bring me peace and vision for one of the things that keep me busy. And who knew I’d love it so much.

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A Brief Note on Seasons

Maybe I’m the only one that does this, I don’t know maybe you do it too…

I can be completely enjoying a summer day – warm breezes through the windows, sounds of happy girls playing in the sprinkler, growing things sprouting a perfect vibrant green in my garden, the taste of fresh veggies or smoky barbecue – perfection, right? But then something will strike me, a stray orange leaf or a puff of dandelion that looks like snow – and I momentarily wish for another season.

Autumn – it’s brisk days, the freshness of new books and schedules making everything seem exciting. Winter – the hustle of gift-buying, cookie baking, and party planning. Spring – the first long walk, following my girls zooming away on their bikes and that first smell of blooming lilacs. Even in the brief and beautiful summers found in Northern New York, sometimes I wish it away as I remember the other seasons we enjoy. It’s so like motherhood, isn’t it?

All too often, I find myself thinking back to when my girls were those ages. It was so much easier then. Moms with children that are that age – they have it so easy. They don’t have to deal with ______. Life was so much less complicated then. But if we really remember clearly, moms, no ages are easy because each age and season comes with it’s own unique challenges and struggles. Yes, no doubt about it, having two daughters of babysitting age in my house is amazing. It makes a lot of things easy. But it’s also a season with two teenage daughters and a tween coming up hot on their heels. Discipline and teaching isn’t as cut and dry as it once was. Relationships are challenging, as girls stretch their wings and bump into a sister who is also stretching.

My words have been pretty lacking around here, I know, and this isn’t adding much. But as I consider how our season is shifting once again – our oldest turns 16 in a few short days! – I thought about how easy it is to just constantly look back and wish. Or maybe you look forward and wish. Just look at the faces around you, and wish to bring love and life and the Gospel into this moment, into those lives. This moment, this age, this day is only lived once. Treasure it, mommas. There is a season for everything.

 

 

 

 

Jonathan Morrow’s ‘Welcome to College’ Survival Pack Giveaway

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Our Thoughts:

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