Good Stuff to Read This Week

Happy Monday, everybody!  We really are very busy these days, as all of you probably are, too.  This past weekend, I had a wonderful getaway, leaving all four kids with my husband for the weekend while a few friends and I headed down to Orange County for Sally Clarkson’s Mom Heart Conference.  In addition to getting away from housework and homeschooling and getting to hear encouraging speakers, I had lots and lots and lots of time to talk with like-minded homeschooling moms of largeish families.  I was feeling pretty burned out a couple weeks ago.  Now I’m refreshed and reinvigorated to finish the school year strong.  And I came home to a cleaned (and vacuumed) house.  Yay for amazing husbands and iron-sharpening-iron friends!

I’m still processing all that I was reminded of this weekend, but here are a couple recent posts from the conference speakers that touch on topics we discussed this weekend.:

Sally Clarkson on Cutting the Chaos: “Being women of wisdom means setting realistic goals so that we don’t become drained.”  I’m working on this.  I’ll let you know how it goes…

Heidi St. John’s post, I Want to Quit Homeschooling, spoke right to where I was struggling.  She shares, “I was doing the thing I always tell my kids NOT to do: I was letting my frustration determine my attitude.”  That was me, too!  I think I need to reread this every year when burnout season hits!

And from our archives, a couple posts you might want to reread this week…

Last year, my friend Sandy encouraged those of us who have had to be a single mom for a season.

And a while back, Anna had a beautiful post about being in process towards joy, sanctification, and seeing her children as the blessings they are.


Hope that one or more of these posts can encourage you to press on, dear readers!  Hoping to have something new to share with you by next week.  In the meantime, do keep sending book review requests/theme week questions our way.  We’re not ignoring you, I promise!

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