Be honest with yourself.
For some of us, it happens often. Maybe you don't get discouraged easily, but you just feel worn thin...'like butter scraped over too much bread.'
I have felt both of these over the past month. They don't overwhelm me very often, but I can feel the weight upon my shoulders. I sometimes have felt like Bunyan's "Christian" in Pilgrim's Progress, I want desperately to shed this burden, but am unsure how to do it. Sometimes the journey seems long, and frought with dangers.
Have you been there? Are you there today?
This journey of educating our children IS a long one, and while there are dangers along our path in life, feeling discouraged or worn thin IS NOT what God wants for us. He wants us to be victorious in Christ.
So how do we get from where we are to where we know He wants us to be? A couple obvious things come to mind: prayer, and spending time in God's word.
Allow me to point out another helpful thing that you might have overlooked: attend a home school convention.
That's right, invest a few dollars into your sanity, your OWN education, and the welfare of your family.
You (and your family) will be glad you did.
Today I am thankful that it is only 2 weeks until I get to attend a homeschool convention! I need the refreshment, I need the encouragement, I need the time to focus on my own education...I even need a couple days away from the children I love so very much!
If you life's theme song sound like "Worn" by Tenth Avenue North,
or maybe it sounds like "Get Back Up " by Toby Mac, then maybe YOU NEED a convention too!!!
Or maybe, you just need a total re-write of your theme song...
I have been to several different conventions in our home educating life. Small ones, big ones, HUGE ones. They all offer a chance to be around other home schoolers, to listen to spreakers, to see and touch the books and tools you are considering, to be renewed in your spirit. Each one I have been to has also offered a way to attend for free or at a discount if you volunteer to help (with registration, with book sales, with packet-stuffing.)
If you are needing refreshed, find a way!
Living in the midwest, there are several for us to choose from, local, state, and regional. Each offers something slightly different, which is why I often attend two in the same year. I am doubly blessed because my Mom lives close enough that the girls can spend a couple days at her house, so sometimes I get to go alone. Ok, I'm not actually going alone this time... a bunch of us Mom-friends from church are going- girls' night!
You too can be thankful for Homeschool Conventions!
If you've never attended one before, and you're feeling a bit overwhelmed about all the choices, Janice Campbell has a great article in her web archives about planning. It is the same advice I would give to you, so I'll just link to it here: http://www.janice-campbell.com/2012/04/04/homeschool-conventions-made-easy/
One last word of advice- wear comfortable shoes and drink lots of water!
I'm looking forward to hearing some of my favorite speakers, like: Carl Kerby, Diana Waring, Jim Weiss, Todd Wilson, and Janice Campbell.
I'm looking forward to seeing and holding in my hand a couple things I *think* I want to get for the girls for school for next year, just to make sure my online research has led me to the right choice.
I'm looking forward to searching the vendor hall for hidden treasures!
I'm looking forward to seeing some of my far-away friends that I only get to facebook and e-mail the rest of the year.
Of course, I'm also looking forward to a couple days away with my girlfriends! (And I'm pretty sure Kurt is looking forward to a couple days of a quiet house!)