New Every Morning and Normal -er (and our curriculum for 2013-2014)

You didn’t hear from me last week because we started full-time-homeschool on Monday and it was the best week of my life.

It wasn’t.

always smiling
(Thankfully this photo wasn’t really from this past week,
but if you want the back story, you can find it => here.)

The truth is, last week…
I wasn’t “always smiling”.

On Monday I found myself thinking:
Did I really sign up for this every day of this next school year?
And there were tears.
Oh yes– there were tears.

And I’ll admit it.
I like being able to answer the question…
“Where do your kids go to school?”
With the name of a school.

It just seems normal-er.
But that’s another lesson God has been is teaching me right now.
That His voice and His approval matters more than anything else.

Pre-naptime reading today included this nudge:
“But Noah didn’t mind so much what other people thought, he minded what God thought. So he just did what God told him to do.”
~The Jesus Storybook Bible

And on Monday, even when I was lamenting the decision to give full-time-homeschool a try for a year,
I sensed our decision confirmed.

So I have to trust that–
The Lord is the strength of my life. ~Psalm 27:1

And that His power is perfected in my weakness, because when I am weak, then He is strong. ~2 Cor. 12:9

And it did get better.
Much better by the end of the week.
And there were wonderful moments when I loved it and I think part of the difficult start was due to:

The recent move.

moving boxes

And a busy weekend beforehand–


So, I entered that first week of homeschool feeling a little–
Tired and expired.


But this Saturday morning, we all just slept in.

Our 4-year-old knows that the weekend rules are:
Look at the clock and stay in bed reading until it says 8:00.

And I may or may not have fudged a little for the sake of sanity so that her clock reads eight o’clock about 15 minutes after ours does.

We agreed to let “the crew” attempt their own pancake-waffle-extravaganza in the kitchen and while I knew it would mean globs of sticky maple syrup later, my guy and I stayed in bed for much-needed-coffee-talking until almost 10 am.
Totally worth it.

And I’m feeling better about this whole thing because I know this is what we’re supposed to be doing for this year at least.
Homeschooling, that is.

So this is our mish-mash of curriculum for 2013-2014 (just in case you enjoy curriculum window shopping like I do):

My Book of Centuries
Mystery of  History (Volume 1)
A Child’s Geography (Holy Lands)
Genesis through Deuteronomy
Historical Wall Timeline
106 Days of Creation Studies
Emma Serl’s Intermediate Language Lessons
Teaching Textbooks (for math)
World for Kids Writing Curriculum
Explode the Code
Wordly Wise
Mrs. RZ’s Nutrition/Cooking Class
Mr. RZ’s Writing and Book Club Class
Swim Team
Piano with Mr. W
2 Timothy reading plan
Signing Time
Dispatches from the Front
God’s World News
Window on the World
Books– just lots of them

And today I am thankful for a new week,
A fresh start.
A good Monday morning of school.
Lots more smiles.
No tears.

And God’s mercies that are new every morning.

“But this I call to mind,
and therefore I have hope:
 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
His mercies never come to an end; 
They are new every morning;
Great is your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,“therefore I will hope in him.”
The Lord is good to those who wait for him,
to the soul who seeks him.”
~Lamentations 3:21-25

New Every Morning...

 (the beautiful view from our school room window)


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  1. says:

    Oh I know those tears! We had a few ourselves. So thankful for fresh mercy every day. And we love Window on the World!

  2. Amylynn Robinson says:

    ok, Kara, so who’s tears were they -lol. Oh you will be so glad you took that leap of faith once you get your groove. For me it took a while, like a long while! I started with totschool and that was fun and went really well. Homeschool on the other hand was more challenging and honestly it took many months before I felt we had fell in to our groove. (Last year was our Kinder year). Trust that God has led you in the direction that is best for your family and continually pray that he will fill you with grace each day but more so that he will fill your child with grace as you make mistakes and find your way. I’ll pray that God will bless you and your daughter immensely as you take on this journey together. You can visit us at but I have not been diligent in keeping up our blog.

    • Thanks so much for the encouragement Amylynn… :)
      I so appreciate what you wrote above about praying for grace for-by-in ALL of us.

      We have 2 in middle school, 1 in 4th grade and then one who just turned 4. I am actually really enjoying the subjects where we can combine and all be working on something together…

      I think the most difficult part so far has been figuring out how to keep up on all the “life stuff” (laundry, cleaning, market etc) in the midst of homeschool…but change is always a little difficult for me…so I’m trusting it’ll get easier over time.

      And I LOVE being able to read more with them! :)

      • Amylynn Robinson says:

        Have you heard of Fly lady? I started with her to get a handle on the housework. Meal planning was really helpful for reducing my stress as well. Meal planning also helped with reducing my grocery bill since I could plan to use ingredients in more than one dish. For instance if a recipe called for fresh basil or mushrooms etc. Now I waste less food and I don’t have the what’s for dinner dilemma. Check out the Fly lady web site if you haven’t

    • Amylynn Robinson says:

      BTW- I linked to your blog post from my post today I hope that is ok, If you want me to take the link off let me know.

  3. Kari Denker says:

    Glad it went better as the time progressed! I’m thinking about you as I’m struggling with where God has us right now too. Thanks for your honesty and I’ll keep you in prayer!

  4. Dear Kara, so good to read this and hear how you are doing-although I sure wish your first week back to full-time homeschooling would have gone smoother… mine was so similar I thought I was reading my own words, especially after our move and unpacking (and still not finished)…

    Praying for you and with you for enjoyment in the almost-but-not quite yet longing for routine.

    Thinking about God’s World News that you mentioned-have you had their subscription before? would love to hear more.

    Love you and “with you” in it all. Praying for all the Chuppies every time we see your picture. And I LOVE the new view-makes me peaceful just looking out your window!

    • Oh Tici… I LOVE hearing from you. We need to plan a “lunch break chat” soon.
      Your last letter is in the middle of our kitchen table right now.
      We’ve subscribed to God’s World News for probably….since they first started publishing it. Really like it and the different age levels etc. It’s great!

      Tomorrow–when I pray for my day…I’ll pray for yours as well.
      Miss you. :(

  5. LeAnn Williams says:

    Wow, you are going to be one busy lady. My one daughter homeschools and loves it. Loved that you could sleep in once. I remember those days. Now we can anytime we want but don’t do it very often. Lots of good thought in this one.

  6. Deb Anderson Weaver says:

    Homeschooling is a difficult, time-consuming, important job. I only did it for a year and a half when my son was in middle school, but I remember how hard and how rewarding it was. It was only by God’s direction and strength and grace that we were able to do it. HANG IN THERE! (((HUGS))) Continue to give yourself grace (and sleep in time–love that you adjusted the clock!)

    Deb Weaver

    • Thanks Deb…
      We have two in middle school, so you & I started at a similar spot.
      I actually am really enjoying the “school work” part a lot…takes me back to my years of teaching…I love re-learning all the history that I don’t remember from the days when I should have learned it myself :)

      • Deb Anderson Weaver says:

        Yes, I loved re-discovering history and developing a deep appreciation for it! The Great Depression and WWII era of history was FASCINATING this time around!

  7. Blessings as you embark on this adventure. This is our fourth full year and although it is a full, demanding life, it is filled with God’s presence and provision. May you learn to not be hard on yourself and keep fighting for what is truly important in your days. Grace to you sweet mama!

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