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This year is turning into how I always pictured homeschooling (and it only took 11 years lol).  It has been a long time coming and I praise God for giving me the peace I so needed to do the job which He has given me, educating my(His) children!

I have to thank Sara Mackenzie and Pam Barnhill for part of this transformation.  I always pictured homeschooling as a time of relationship building and time spent together.  It didn’t matter if we were reading aloud, doing Sword drills, painting, spending time in God’s Word, or at the park, as long as we were together and building relationships.

I recently discovered Sara Mackenzie’s book, Teaching From Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakable Peaceand her blog, amongstlovelythings.  These have been a tremendous help in accomplishing my vision for our homeschool.  Sara focuses on “living from a place of rest, to teach and mother from peace rather than anxiety”.  Sara is referring to the unshakable peace that God promises for those who follow Him.  Don’t we all want that!!

I also discovered Your Morning Basket by Pam Barnhill.  Pam’s blog is edsnapshots.  You will find lots of treasures on her blog, including some pretty awesome podcasts for free! Pam focuses on “bringing truth, goodness, and beauty to your homeschool days”.

I’m not an affiliate of either of these products.  I have been encouraged by the help they have brought me so I wanted to share them with you <3  I have found many wonderful ideas and encouragement from both of these sweet women.

We are also taking a vacation this year.  The second vacation we have had in 15 years, so you can imagine how excited we are about this!  We will be going to Virginia, every homeschooler’s dream vacation.  I am so excited for my children to experience the rich history there.  We will also be making a side trip to D.C. and Gettysburg.

Before we start this adventure, the kids and I are taking the time to study geography and history of these places and the states through which we will be traveling.  We are using a wonderful free resource, U.S. State Study, created by Paige Hudson over at elementalblogging.

As if things couldn’t get any better, a sweet friend of mine invited us to visit her co-op. Everyone made us feel so welcome!  I believe this is going to be a good fit for our family. And if all this wasn’t enough we ran into some friends that are involved in this co-op.  It was like God put the icing on the cake!!

Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21

I have to admit I haven’t been real patient during these last eleven years, but it was definitely worth the wait!  All this time I thought God was telling me no on things like co-op and vacations which included visiting historical places.  I will be perfectly honest, at times I felt sorry for us missing out on these opportunities.  But God was only saying “wait, all in MY time”!  After all, we have been through these past eleven years, I feel our family will benefit and appreciate what God has given us much more now than we would have then.  God’s timing is ALWAYS perfect!!

Many Blessings!!

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