We are currently studying snow. It’s the perfect nature study topic for us Canadian homeschoolers! ⠀ This morning when the snow started falling, my girls cheered and we headed outside with our chilled pans, paper, and magnifying glasses. ⠀ We caught some pretty beautiful snowflakes! . . . . .
Parenting is fun. Sometimes I stumble upon strange scenes like this one. My youngest daughter is hatching a “dinosaur egg” and thought that when the dinosaur hatches, it would be nice for it to have a friend to welcome him. Too funny! . . . . .
What started as a regular Sunday transformed into a complete and utter pedagogical crisis. ⠀ I was gathering my homeschool materials for the week and before I knew it, I was hit with a full-on emotional meltdown. ⠀ I asked the question so many homeschoolers ask themselves... am I doing enough? ⠀ Before I knew it, I was mentally enrolling my children in school and dreading the changes our family would have to go through. ⠀ After some tears, a period of deep reflection, and a rational discussion with my husband, I realized this meltdown came from a place of fear. ⠀ You see, next year my oldest daughter will be entering grade seven. I worry that I’m not equipped to lead and teach her through middle school. ⠀ Now that I’ve calmed down, I recognize that my fear is based on worry about the unknown. But in life, there are always going to be unknowns. ⠀ When I was seventeen, I dropped out of highschool after being held up at gun point at my job. But that one incident led me to an accidental career in childcare, which in turn, encouraged me to not only finish my schooling, but go on to university to get my early childhood education and a Bachelor of Applied Human Service Administration degree. ⠀ My schooling career was far from linear! There were a lot of unknowns and challenges along the way but I worked hard because I was in a field I was passionate about! ⠀ Maybe my girls’ schooling won’t be linear either but that’s okay! My only wish for them is that they find, and do, something they love. ⠀ So where am I going with this? Well, if you homeschool, have (and write down) your “why”. It’s so important to reflect on your ultimate reasoning for homeschooling... it will keep you grounded and firm in your convictions when the winds of self-doubt blow your way. . . . . . . #homeschoollife
I first heard this song when it was performed by Steffany Gretzinger, Jeremy Riddle, & Christine Rhee. It resonated in my spirit and repeated in my brain. ⠀ I entered 2019 with its lyrics burning inside me. ❤️ “Let the King of my heart Be the mountain where I run The fountain I drink from Oh, He is my song.” ⠀ I want to live this year fully and completely, humbly and whole-heartedly, gently and passionately. 💜 “Let the King of my heart Be the shadow where I hide The ransom for my life Oh, He is my song.” ⠀ I’m my own worst critic... so when I mess up (which I do often), I barrage myself with criticism. I know this is wrong, in fact, it’s downright sinful! Because if God can forgive me why can’t I forgive me too?! 💛 “And let the King of my heart Be the wind inside my sails The anchor in the waves Oh oh, He is my song.” ⠀ With His help, I’ve overcome much, yet I have many more lessons to learn. Like to stand firm on his promises and love him completely even when times are tough. To dig into prayer when I’m challenged. To allow Him to lead me in all ways. ⠀ Yes, the lyrics of this song are the anthem for my soul in 2019. 💗 “Let the King of my heart Be the fire inside my veins The echo of my days Oh, He is my song.” . . . . .
Today we’re looking back and celebrating this little girl. . It’s hard to believe I’m the mom of an eleven year old! Where has the time gone? . I feel ever so grateful to be a mom. Though the journey is challenging, it’s one of the best adventures of my life. . **My brother-in-law took this photo of my little girl - it’s one of my favourites.**
These words are the foundation of who I aspire to be this year. ⠀ As a mom, wife, friend, entrepreneur, and writer... this is who I aspire to be. ⠀ It’s like a resolution... ⠀ Speaking of resolutions, today on The Deliberate Mom, I launched the year-long parenting resolution challenge. Every month, I’m going to work on an area of parenting and I would love for you to join me! ⠀ For more details about the parent resolution series, click through the link on my profile. ⠀ #parentingresolution