The Humility to Homeschool

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Years ago when my oldest started getting into “real school” and I was adding students both in the phonics-stage and in the pregnancy-stage, I looked at the goals I had written out, I looked at the books I was collecting, and I looked at my pillows (with longing). I realized I was going to have to up my game every year if I was going to keep up – and keep up, I was determined to do. Ironically, the method … Read More

September in Books

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So I have a new rule for these monthly book posts. I can’t include any book in my “currently reading” stack that I haven’t actually read in that month. Sometimes books get put on hold, and that’s ok, but I’m not really “currently” reading it if I’m not picking it up. I think it will force some honesty, which is always good! Books I Finished So back in April Pam raved about Louis L’Amour’s novel, Lonesome Gods. While we were … Read More

5 Things I Learned in September

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Wow – time flies when you’re….busy. Ha! This has been a more action-packed school year than we’ve ever had before. People told me that happened with teens, but I didn’t believe them. Those experienced moms, people. They know what they’re talking about. Listen, even if you don’t like what they’re saying. Cindy Rollins is the real deal. Speaking of experienced moms to listen to, Cindy Rollins is high on that list. 

The highlight of my September was not only meeting … Read More

Adding Margin to your Days

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What does it mean to add margin to your days? Ah, margin. The two red lines gently guiding you to give more breathing room to your paper. I can see those lines so clearly when it comes to paper and pen- but when it comes to my time, it’s just so easy to fill my page to overflowing. In fact, I rarely consider margin at all when I am planning my week- let alone my meals. Rather, I am usually … Read More

August in Books

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I think I might have written more words than I read if you don’t count Bible reading. I have about 1000 words at least off in limbo – written into my Scholé Sisters talk draft and then cut, cut, cut. But I might also have spoken more words than written, which is an odd proportion for me. Between the Work the Plan seminars, recording podcasts of all types (my own and Scholé Sisters), and re-recording Work the Plan lessons, my … Read More

5 Things I Learned in August

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Before moving forward, it’s always best to look back and evaluate. Yet when we evaluate, it’s almost always with an eye focusing on what we didn’t like and what we didn’t do. Let’s look back over the previous month and think about what we’ve learned, so we can take those lessons and move forward into fall. Share what you learned in the comments! #1 – Blank half-sized notebooks are the perfect portable brain dump vehicle. When my friend Sarah’s new … Read More

Being a Better Homeschool Teacher

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So the school year, for most of us, has begun. And, if you’re waiting until after Labor Day, it’s fast approaching. I don’t know about you, but I always start off the year thinking that this year will be more awesome than last because this year I’m committed to really being, well, awesome. This school year will be different because I will be different. So, a decade into homeschooling and having rounded the bend of my thirties, maybe that idealism … Read More

The Self-Care You Need is Spiritual

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Online conversations quickly devolve, and none more quickly than those centering on self-care. Yet, this conversation has traction and persistence for a very valid reason: We so ardently wish to not burn out, but to continue doing the good work set before us. We want to be effective. But we aren’t sure how. We’re weary in the good works God has given us, even though the Bible says we shouldn’t be. As with most online “discussions,” each person comes to … Read More

Realistic Ways to Rest for Moms with Virginia Lee

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Mystie: Alright, I’m so excited to kick off this season of the Simplified Organization podcast with Virginia Lee, who helps me with customer service emails. Hi, Virginia Lee. Virginia Lee: Hi, everyone. Mystie: So this season is about rest. All the rest of the episodes are going to be clips from a workshop that I did on getting rest as a mom because sometimes that just seems impossible. So, I thought today we would kick off that season by having … Read More

The Pros & Cons of Schedules, Routines, and Winging It

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We’re all starting back to regular routines right about now, and trying to gear ourselves up to stick with the plan as best we can. We’ve probably all tried all three of the options before – schedules, routines, and winging it – and found none of them satisfactory. What should we try next? So often, those first days back, when our good intentions are so strong, something happens: kids get sick, someone breaks an arm, the baby gives up on … Read More

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