3 Must-Read Books for Every Homeschool Mom

3 Must Read Books for every Homeschool MomLindsey has three book recommendations for every homeschooling mama that are must-reads before entering the new school year. These three books will encourage you to look to Christ daily. They will challenge you to rethink your method of homeschooling, all while helping to confirm within you why you chose to homeschool in the first place. Finally, these books will also provide practical how-to’s to better your daily homeschool routine. Join Lindsey as she shares exactly what these books have meant to her in recent months and why she is choosing to re-read some of them again because they were just that amazing.

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Teaching From Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakeable Peace: http://amzn.to/2tQMFkt

Christ in the Chaos: How the Gospel Changes Motherhood: http://amzn.to/2uSHjST

Consider This: Charlotte Mason and the Classical Tradition: http://amzn.to/2ty3sqc

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Recently I’ve taken to looking at the sky. It isn’t a normal for me. I’m usually preoccupied with the many things happening in my life. I see the sky, but I don’t really see it. What is typical for me is the daily routine of life that I motor through, you know, the daily chores, teaching, cleaning, working, cooking, and shopping.

I don’t often stop to smell the roses or look at the clouds.

At church I’ve heard many sermons lately about being thankful in all circumstances, especially those in which we have no control. Our pastor unfolds story after story with real examples about people who have no reason to be thankful and yet they are. One of my long-time friends is a pediatrician. She stopped practicing long ago to be a full-time wife and mother. Her children are now adults and she took up missionary work. This was short lived as she was diagnosed with cancer. (In remission now, please join me in praying for Mary.) Yet she praises God in all things! At coffee one morning she shared how touched she was by the splendor of God’s work in the beauty of nature and how she feels it is a gift just for her.

How thankful am I?

Colossians 3:15 says: Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

And so I’ve been thanking the Lord for everything — and I mean everything. The fabulous days, and the not-so-fabulous ones as well. As a result, it is as if the blinders have been taken off and I’m seeing the clouds for the first time. I’m enthralled with the formations, the color, and the Lord seems to be blessing me with these beautiful arrays! Just as my friend shared, I feel that it is a gift just for me!

 

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The first photo was taken in the early morning. Isn’t that an amazing sky? I’ve never seen anything like it. Only the hands of God can create that type of pattern and beauty. The second is a late afternoon sky which is typical for this area.

By looking up, I see the beauty and majesty of God and it gives me time to pause and to wonder!

What ways do you combat depression– feelings of insecurity or general blah in your homeschool day? Please share your ideas and tips with me … or if you need help in a certain situation, let me know. Post your comments below.

Be sure and listen to Felice Gerwitz at Vintage Homeschool Moms podcast.

Mommy Jammies Night – Jeannie Fulbright

 “Imparting a Biblical Worldview”

Join LaToya and her guest Jeannie Fullbright as she shares "Imparting a Biblical Worldview”

What is a Biblical Worldview? How does our worldview affect the quality of our lives? How does it shape our words, our actions and choices? Armed with a Biblical Worldview, our children will be more equipped to walk with the Lord as adults. We don’t have to be perfect parents or super spiritual to impart a Biblical worldview; we only need be aware and purposeful and often humble. In this talk, Jeannie will explore these issues and give specific ideas for giving your children an eternal perspective and a strong Biblical Worldview, so that they will be ready to face the world.

Jeannie Fulbright is a homeschooling mother of four and the author of Apologia’s Young Explorer series: Exploring Creation. Those titles include Astronomy, Botany, Zoology 1, 2 and 3, Anatomy and Physiology, and the new Chemistry and Physics for elementary through middle school students.

At the age of ten, Jeannie wrote her first book, and later continued her writing journey at the University of Texas. There, she wrote for the newspaper and spent evenings as a primetime newscaster for the student radio station. After graduating from UT-Austin, she married her husband, Jeff, who is an attorney. They live in Metro Atlanta with three of their four children.

Jeannie’s children range in age from 13 to 20. Her oldest graduated from homeschooling in 2011 and was accepted on scholarship to the University of Georgia where she is on the Dean’s List.

It’s her love for God’s Word, her family, homeschooling, and other believers that inspires her to continue writing and speaking. She has a heart to encourage homeschoolers everywhere. Not only does Jeannie continue to create curriculum, she also writes a monthly newsletter, a weekly blog and is very active on social media. She can be found on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter, sharing homeschooling ideas and inspiration.

Mommy Jammies Night – Sherri Seligson

“Am I Ruining My Children? What I Wish I Knew When I Began Homeschooling”

Join LaToya and her guest Sherri Seligson as she shares "Am I Ruining My Children? What I Wish I Knew When I Began Homeschooling”

Sherri shares 10 things that she wished she knew when she started homeschooling: Don’t have to do school at home. Don’t stress over the gaps.  Don’t fall into the comparison trap. And More! Get ready for some encouragement and practical tips on homeschooling  in this podcast, “Am I Ruining My Children? What I Wish I Knew When I Began Homeschooling”.

Sherri Seligson and her husband, David, have been homeschooling their four children for 21 years, graduating their last child this year. Before she was promoted to “mother,” Sherri worked as a marine biologist at Walt Disney World’s Living Seas, publishing shark behavior research. She has authored Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Marine Biology and Interning for High School Credit as well as companion curricula for feature films including Dolphin Tale and War Horse. Sherri has written for several science publications as well as homeschool magazines.  She loves to speak at conferences where she can encourage moms on their homeschool journey, and she has a motivated heart for helping families see God in science.

You can connect with Sherri on Facebook or her blog, Just Extraordinary.

Mommy Jammies Night – Heidi St. John

“Keeping Christ the Center of Your Homeschool”

“Keeping Christ the Center of your Homeschool” with Heidi St. John

When was the last time that you were undone by your thirst for God?  Staying connected to God and being in the word with our children is so vital for homeschooling and disciplining our children. Heidi shares her heart and passion to encourage families to dig into the Word together and grow closer to God in this podcast, “Keeping Christ in the Center of Your Homeschool”. Grab your bibles and prepare to be encouraged.

Heidi St. John has been married to her husband Jay since 1989. Together they have seven children from toddler to adult and have homeschooled all the way through high school. A favorite conference and radio speaker, Heidi approaches marriage and parenting with humor and grace. Her passion to encourage moms and set them free to be who God has created them to be will bless and encourage you. Connect with Heidi at her blog The Busy Mom, on Facebook, on Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

Head on over to the blog to get a FREE two-week sample of a family devotional by Heidi and her hubby called Firmly Planted! 

 

Mommy Jammies Night – Connie Hughes

“Having the Courage to Allow God to do Amazing Things in Your Life”

Having the Courage to Allow God to do Amazing Things in Your Life

Taking a leap of faith takes courage. Whether you are thinking of homeschooling, becoming a stay at home mom, or beginning any new endeavor, be encouraged! If you are in God’s will, He is with you! Listen as Connie reminds us of Bible and historical characters who had the courage to allow God to do amazing things in their lives.

Connie is a former public school teacher, turned homeschool mom of 8. She and her husband of 29 years raise their 8 children together in the country in the rowdiest house on their road. Connect with Connie at her blog SmockityFrocks.com, on Facebook, on Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

Use the code “Jammies” to receive HALF OFF one or both of Connie’s devotional ebooks “How to Manage Your Mouth – A 30 Day Wholesome Talk Challenge” and “How to Manage Your Mouth –  A 30 Day Wholesome Talk Challenge FOR KIDS“.

Mommy Jammies Night – Brooke McGlothlin

“How to Control Your Emotions, So They Don’t Control You”

Join LaToya and her guest Brooke McGlothlin May 8th at 9pm EST. Brooke will be talking about How to Control Your Emotions, So They Don't Control You! | MommyJammiesNight.comImagine what your life would be like if you could keep your emotions from spiraling out of control? What kind of changes would that bring in your home, to your job, to your relationships? If having more peace in your relationship with God, your children, co-workers, friends, and spouse sounds like something you need, Brooke can help you find the answers.

Brooke McGlothlin is Co-founder of Raising Boys Ministries, where moms and dads come to discover delight in the chaos of raising boys. You can find her writing about fighting for the hearts of her sons at the MOB Society blog, or living a life in pursuit of Jesus at her personal blog, www.brookemcglothlin.com. She’s the author of the newly released Praying for Boys: Asking God for the Things They Need Most, and co-author of Hope for the Weary Mom: Where God Meets You in Your Mess.

A normal day finds Brooke homeschooling her two boys, wrangling two large Labs, Toby and Siri, writing to bring hope to the messes of life (in the midst of her own messy life), and falling more and more in love with the man she’s had a crush on since the third grade (who just happens to be her husband).

Facebook group for moms struggling with their emotions: No More Angry MOB

5 Day Challenge: Fighting for those Hard to Handle Boys (or girls)

You can get a pdf copy of Brooke’s book for only $1.99: How to Control Your Emotions So They Don’t Control You!  Just use code NOMOREANGRYMOB 

Mommy Jammies Night – Shirley Solis

“Why You Were Told Being a SuperMom is a Myth and Why They Lied to You”

Join LaToya and her guest Shirley Solis as she talks about "Why You Were Told Being a SuperMom is a Myth and Why They Lied to You!" Moms are often told they are not supermom…as if being a supermom is a myth! Really???!!! You mean it’s not super to not get any sleep through the night and still get up early to feed your family breakfast, do laundry, clean the house, do school with the kids, work, make lunch, make dinner, drive the kids around, keep romance in marriage and still manage to make it out alive? Being a supermom is not a myth…YOU ARE SUPER! And Shirley is going to re-affirm who you already are…and her goal is to finally get you to believe it! Finally…someone who acknowledges who you really are and does not try to make you less than what you are worth!

Shirley Solis is on a family mission, along with her husband of 20 years and their 6 children (ages 18 to 4), to ignite the next generation of powerful families to live with purpose, passion and contribution. Her passions include family, culture and business. These are clearly reflected in her most recent works, which include Building Character with Children (an online training course for parents), her best-selling cookbook Not Just Tacos and her VIP Program for Mompreneurs. If you are ready for transparency, vulnerability and a little Latin flair, then you are gonna love this episode.

Shirley has a parenting webinar that focuses on building character in your children. It’s great stuff!  free videos with some awesome parenting tips (building new habits, teaching your children to do chores and more!)

Mommy Jammies Night – Kim Sorgius

“Parenting in a Broken World: Finding HIM Faithful”

It’s been said that your kids are only as healthy as you are. In a sense, that is true. What will you do with the unthinkable? In a world full of brokenness, heartache and trials, we must find God faithful if we are to survive. It’s what I like to call the “Joseph principle.” The choices we make in the storm will make all the difference: for us and for our children. Come and be encouraged today, as together we bask in HIS love and His promise that we will never be consumed. (Isaiah 43:2)

Kim Sorgius is a passionate homeschooler, mother of 4 sweet kids, and a life-long student. After teaching 8 years in public school, she traded her M.A. in Early Childhood Education for sippy cups and homeschool co-ops. Kim is the author of Not a Statistic: Parenting in a Broken World.These days she can be found writing at Not Consumed and The Homeschool Village, where she daily encourages women to find God faithful in the storms of life.

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Mommy Jammies Night – Felice Gerwitz

Felice no date“Lemonade from Lemons, Mommy Style”

As Felice was praying about her topic for Mommy Jammies Night, she asked her husband and he gave her the title! This has been a topic on her heart for years — seeing many marriages fail, homes lost and inter-family struggles Felice knows that many families have problems. How we deal with these problems is what sets us apart as Christians.

Felice Gerwitz is a Christian wife and mother. She has five children, three graduated and two she is still homeschooling. Felice is an author, a publisher and the founder of the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network and podcast host of Vintage Homeschool Moms, Ultimate Homeschool Radio & moderates the Current Issues and the Constitution.

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