Ponderings, Fresh Starts, Getting Real, and Giveaways

I took the kids out to buy school supplies yesterday. Even though they don't go away to school, picking out supplies to replenish our school supply stash has become a tradition. I have to confess that I love fresh, new school supplies as much or more than the kids.

Homeschool fresh starts

I love the tradition part of getting school supplies as well. Things have changed over the years though. My 15 year old almost opted to stay home yesterday. He's driving now and stretching his independent wings. I okayed his choice and inwardly sighed. But his little sister talked him into it with threats of tears. I didn't exactly condone the guilt trip, but it worked.

No matter the reason he decided to go, I was supremely happy to have all four kids along for school supply shopping. Even when that very mature 15 year old decided to climb in the back of the buggy, almost turning it over and smashing the little sister who wanted him along in the first  place.

I think the reason that I love new school supplies so much is that they signify a new start. Clean binders, notebooks that haven't been written in, pens that aren't running out of ink- they all symbolize the potential present for our new school year. I love it!

You might have noticed that there are some fresh start changes around the blog as well.

As I was thinking about the fresh, new school year, I started thinking about this blog. I looked back and realized that I have posts from 2009! My children were 3,4,8, and 10 then. Homeschooling looked lots different. (You can see one of those early posts if you promise not to snort your drink out all over your computer or phone as you laugh hysterically.) This year I have children who are 17, 15, 12, and 11. Life and homeschooling are much changed.

And so I've changed some things about the blog to reflect those changes that I've had and that have happened in our homeschooling family. I'm a little more realistic now. Gone are the early days of thinking that I could be the perfect homeschooling mom whose kids were always happy and sparkling at the thoughts of the incredible learning we were going to be doing that day- learning that included Latin and art and writing classes and violin practice. Gone is the thinking that I can have the perfect house, cook the most perfect nutritious meal, and have perfectly behaved and educated children.

I'm a little more realistic these days.

I want the blog to reflect that.

When you come here to read, friend, I want you to find rest. I don't want you to read this blog and stress because you think my homeschooling family is perfect like so many others and that you'll never be able to measure up. I want you to know the truth. I have good days. I have incredible days- days when the kids are having fun together, days when one of them finally catches on to that illusive concept we've been struggling with, days when I try a new Pinterest recipe and it's a big hit. But I also have days when I'm pulling my hair out because kids have been bickering all morning, someone is struggling with a math problem that I can't even figure out, and supper burns in the crockpot because I left it turned on high too long.

I want to be real about what homeschooling is, what our family is, and what I am. And, along the way, I want to share things you can use- lesson plans, encouragement articles, how-tos for homeschooling and homemaking tasks. I want to welcome you to my blog as I would to my house. And I want you to sit down and make yourself comfortable. And for goodness sake, don't walk away feeling as if you're the only one to struggle to get this homeschooling thing right.

And now for some fun...

In honor of fresh starts, I'm offering a giveaway. You can enter the giveaway below to win two awesome prizes.

  • My brand new book- Creating Homeschool Lesson Plans That Work. If you feel overwhelmed and frustrated with homeschool planning each year, this book is for you. It's a step-by-step guide to creating working lesson plans. It includes a bonus, free Google Docs lesson planning system. You can find it on my As We Walk Along the Road bookstore here.
  • $50 in Paypal cash- Use this $50 for the new start of your homeschool year. Need school supplies? A few more books? You'll have $50 to use as you head into the school year.

PayPal cash homeschool giveaway

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35 comments :

  1. If I won the Paypal cash, then I would use it to buy book supplements and curricula. We still have several items that I have not been able to purchase yet.

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  2. There are a few things we need right now (for school and otherwise), and an extra $50 would really help a lot. School-wise, we need binders for the kids and probably a backup printer cartridge.

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  3. That money would go towards more new clothes for the fall or towards some needed household items. We started school this week so I think I have all those supplies purchased already! :)

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  4. I love the changes you've made! I would buy some new cross trainer shoes.
    --Gena

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  5. I tell myself we really don't need anything else for school and I will treat myself to something. Cute wool socks, maybe. But really, if I don't get something for the kids school year, I'll get something for one of my co-op classes.

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  6. I would get some of the books on my wishlist

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  7. Thanks for offering the giveaway. It will be a blessing to whoever wins!

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  8. This is such a nice giveaway! I always have books on my wish list, so I would use this prize to bring a few home.

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  9. I would like to use this paypal cash for a much overdue pedicure.

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  10. I would buy school supplies for my son and my kindergarten students!

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  11. I will use for buy groceries , food and drink.

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  12. I'd combine it with the money I'm saving for a new computer.

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  13. I'd spend it on Christmas gifts.

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  14. All money would go to cat supplies. At the moment, I have 13 elderly rescues I shelter.

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  15. I would buy home office supplies.

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  16. I want to buy a few things from Amazon! And, this $50 could do just that!!! Thanks for the giveaway!!!

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  17. I'm going to put it towards Christmas!

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  18. i would buy school supplies for my daughter.

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  19. I would love to save it towards Christmas! My email is traciemichelle0515@gmail.com

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  20. I would save it for some concert tickets this fall.

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  21. I would spend it on the student kit for my son's next year of math.

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  22. I would buy some books that I've been wanting.

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  23. I would use the Paypal cash for fermenting supplies.
    thank you

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  24. If I win the paypal cash, I would use it to start Christmas shopping early.

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  25. I would love to get my kids some school clothes.

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  26. I would use it for new stuff for the house!

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  27. I would love to buy some new sandals.

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  28. I would love to get some back to school supplies for the kids!

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  29. It would go towards an Amazon Prime subscription

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