Working Homeschool Moms: A Tip for Keeping Things Running Smoothly!

I can’t tell you how many weird or slightly dangerous positions I’ve been in to get the angle I want  I am constantly amazed and grateful for all of the places photography has taken us: Normandy, the Antonov, and even off-roading it up a dusty trail to a mountain peak

I have work stuff coming up this Thursday-Saturday; so we did school this morning. I drove 2.5 hours from Seattle, walked into the house and immediately started quizzing Adelaide on Memory Masters work as Harrison grabbed his Qizzlet app to practice Latin. They knew Saturday school was coming. They knew we had limited time between Mom being home and mom off again for a photo shoot.
Here’s my working mom tip of the week: have a sit down chat at the beginning of each week to prepare them for that week’s schedule. It makes the transition between school and work and back again almost seamless. There’s no “whaaa? School? Now?” You can’t have enough communication about the schedule and your expectations for them. Last Monday I told them Saturday school was happening. I came home, we got er done and all was well in the world! Our schedule is posted on the dinning room wall- so they are told verbally and have a visual reminder. We also have synced calendars on our phones that will alert them.

Have an action plan, be intentional with your time (both with your kids and for work) and be clear with your kids on expectations. This makes for a better work/life balance! .

Read Aloud Revivial

Another day of reading aloud. I post about it a lot because it’s what we do a lot. It’s just a part of our routine. We always read the Bible first, then whatever book that suits our fancy. There have been some great missionary biographies we’ve read this past year. “You are complaining about cleaning up your LEGOS? Think of Darlene in the concentration camps!” hahah. Ok, maybe that’s not using her life story in the best way, but it gets the point across. We live a ridiculously blessed life and reading about missionaries helps to remind us all that we have it so stinkin’ easy! I get to photograph people tomorrow who are traveling the country, sharing Christian music to bring a little happiness to people and glory to God. I am so thankful for modern day missionaries and the tiny, tiny role I get to play in helping them!

Some Day They Will Grow Up

Ben and I accidentally woke up just late enough this morning to miss Sunday school. I walked out of my room, showered, but not ready beyond that; but the kids were in the kitchen fully ready to leave, already done with their breakfast. “Mom, we have to leave for church in, like, 9 minutes. Why aren’t you dressed?” Obviously, had they had the opportunity to not get up and get ready right away they wouldn’t have. I just had to laugh. The roles this morning were reversed and I couldn’t be more thankful for who my kids are becoming. Little moments like these are a blessing to me. They are becoming responsible, committed, punctual people. (Their behavior is normal now… just not mine of sleeping in!)

Now if only their parents could set an alarm and not hold them back, that would be great 😂

Hang in there, Mom of little ones, soon enough you’ll be sleeping in while your kids act like the parents

Body Image and Memories

We got our family photos from NYC today! So many fun pics that I want to share. Naturally, I’m ripping apart my appearance 🙄

I’m constantly fighting a loosing battle to not be a critical person. I pick apart every single thing in life, which makes it hard to enjoy things sometimes. It also makes me a great resource for things because I research to high heaven to get to the root of anything

Just now as I looked through the online gallery with the kids for the first time together, I had to make a conscious effort to be complimentary of everything. I don’t want them to pick up on my never-ending critiquing.
Yes, we were a full week into our trip, had woken up at the crack of dawn and taken a 3 hour train ride to get to these photos; so maybe my hair and wrinkled shirt were not in top form. But who cares?! It’s how life was that day. I want to remember life as it was- not the perfect image (as a photographer in an Instagram world) wants it to be. I think this picture we will the big one we put in our entryway

And now that I’ve made the purposeful mindset change, I’m loving the pics more and more.

The February Slumps

This is the quick notes in written form of our podcast on February Slumps! If you’d like to listen to the full talk, please find us in your podcast app!

It seems that every February there arises a general sentiment among homeschool moms: “UGH!” That’s about the best way to describe it. Ha! We’ve reached the 100 days of school mark (if you are counting… which Meghan and I don’t). It has been winter for months and Spring seems like it will never come. We all sit around in our couch, hot cup of coffee in hand, and beg for Jesus to miraculously take the cold away.  But this is where us mamas get to demonstrate to our kids that, we too, can rise above our feelings and get the job done. It is virtue training at its finest.

Here are some quick tips on how to overcome those February blues!

1. Take joy in the progress made! Take a moment or go on a date night with your husband to discuss and write a list of all the knowledge your kids know that they didn’t know in September. I know for me, it is seeing my kids recite the multiplication table, all of the main geographical parts of Africa, what in the world an animal cell is, committing to memory Exodus 20,  and how to play more advanced songs on the piano. And that’s just a few of the things.  WOW! We’ve accomplished a lot in these short month.

2. If you are honestly getting burnt out, take a subject off of your plate. Come back to that subject in June after you’ve completed the other major portion of your school. If you go from June-September with that one subject, that’s three whole months immersed in one subject and you will be caught up by next school year. We all have 1 hour a day in the summer months that we can dedicate to study.

3. If you feel pressure due to the amount of work you have left to finish school, feel free to not make yourself finish school by June 1st. There are more families than you know that do year-round school to allow for life to happen throughout the year.

4. If you honestly DON’T get burnt out mid-school year, that’s totally ok too! Don’t feel like you “aren’t doing enough” just because you aren’t as burnt out as others. It’s ok to feel just fine about where you are at in your school year.

5. Create an education goal for mid-April. Set this mini goal to keep your head in the game and to stop thinking about the far off June date. One day at a time. One week at a time. And soon enough it will be June!

6. Take a break alone! Take an hour, day, weekend… whatever you can manage to restore your soul to continue to lead your children well.

Let us know your thoughts on the mid-school year slumps!! What ideas do you have to help get to Spring?