A time to Evaluate…..

Good Afternoon! 🙂

I hope everyone is off to a great start to the week.  This is not a weight loss post but a homeschooling mom post 🙂  Just thought I should preface with that.  Something on my heart lately.  I enjoy homeschooling most days 😉 or have for most years.  However, as many of you know we moved back to Colorado last summer.  This year I needed something easy for our family so we decided to go the online public school route.  I knew it wouldn’t offer me as much flexibility and creativity as we usually enjoy in our home school but thought it would be a great fit with adjusting back to living in Colorado to have less planning.  In many ways it has been a big blessing.  I was able to have free curriculum when money has been tight from moving, I haven’t had to plan very much, and I feel my children have great teacher resources.  I am in NO WAY saying the cirriculam doesn’t try to work and that it can’t be a blessing.  However, as this year has gone on I have felt stressed and find our family not enjoying school.  We homeschool for many reasons, however one thing I love about homeschooling is it allows me to help our children foster a love for learning.  Learning can be fun and busy work is not needed.  This of course is not the case with online public school.  I also personally like a biblical based cirriculam where our children can learn about Jesus and apologetics and I can add in resources that are a good fit for my children along the way.  I enjoy having the freedom and flexibity in our cirriculam to spend more or less time on something as needed.  I am type A personality by nature so if we miss a day of lessons on online academy I feel very behind and find it overwhelming for my personality.

I know this is a huge a back story, however my point to writing all this is to encourage anyone struggling with something in their home school routine.  If you feel something is stealing your joy you can and should change it.  I don’t want to be THAT MOM who is constantly stressed and misses the blessings and some of the “whys” of why I homeschool.  Let’s be real –some days  with homeschooling and being a mom in general it WILL NOT be fun and our joy can be lost.  However, if that is becoming a pattern for you like it has me maybe it is time to evaluate and change.  Sidenote, does anyone else notice that sometimes when God is showing you something about your joy and outreach in one area (for me at the time homeschooling) he is showing so much more about how this relates to other things in my life?  I think it is awesome when that is the case 🙂  On that note, it’s a beautiful spring day here in the High Rockies.  I hope everyone is enjoying and embracing today and finding time to get outdoors.  🙂