Good morning and welcome to Coffee and Conversation #143!
Well, do you?
OK, that might be a silly question, because if you’re reading this, most likely you are a homeschool teacher! (Yeah, I’m not really thinking that many homeschool kids read this blog too often…)
But there have been many homeschool teachers who have poured into my life at different points in the journey that I have indeed appreciated:
- During those first few years when I was starting out and had no CLUE as to what I was doing…
- A few years later when we started middle school, and the kids started wanting (and needing!) to do some work on their own, and I wasn’t ready…
- Then when the younger kids started coming, and I had to figure out how to homeschool older ones with toddlers and infants under foot…
- Agh! Starting those high school years – and losing sleep over thinking about just how much I might ruin the kids’ lives and “How was I EVER going to teach those advanced subjects that would get them into college?“…
Looking back, those were the milestones seasons that veteran moms stepped in to lift me up, encourage me, remind me that this work was important, share with me what they themselves did to get through the tough times…
Oh, how I appreciated them…and how inspired I was to “pay forward” their gifts, which many other homeschool moms over the years have also, in turn, appreciated!
Because we all need to feel appreciated from time to time, mom, some wonderful homeschool mom “fans” are once again sponsoring Homeschool Teacher Appreciation Week!
Tune in today at 2:00 pm Eastern for this…
And tomorrow (Thursday) starting at 8:00 am Eastern, check out Apologia’s Facebook page for a day full of fun and giveaways!
If you’re a homeschool teacher who feels unappreciated sometimes, pass on a word or hug of encouragement this week. Rarely does the principle of reaping and sowing fail to work!
Now, on to our features!
Another gem from Beth over at MessyMarriage. Y’all must have thought so, too, because this post from last week got far and away the most visits!
We all want peaceful lives and marriages where conflicts rarely if ever erupt, right? But more times than not, my life and marriage has been wracked by pain and struggles. #nosurprise
There hasn’t been a season in my life—and I’ve lived a fairly long one!—where I didn’t have some kind of hardship or overwhelming stressor to contend with almost every single day.
I love Shelley’s review of Mr D Math. We’ve enjoyed this curriculum, too, and for similar reasons 😉
Over Christmas break, my 12th grade daughter informed me that she wanted to take a geometry refresher course.
I was horrified.
Don’t get me wrong. I was happy to see that she’s very serious about her studies, but geometry? Thoughts of proofs, postulates, and theorems flooded my brain and made me want to take off running. Sigh. Why me??
The subtitle of this one got me: This is not what I planned! Anybody else out there who finds themselves saying this at LEAST once a day?! (Regardless of whether or not you use a planner!)
The planner in me loves to see a calendar with every event written in pink ink with hearts, scrolling doodles, and bold underlining of the important things.
The longer I live, I’m learning plans don’t always pan out the way we think they should.
Sue shares a wonderful piece of encouragement here…and a pretty printable if you, like me, sometimes need a visual reminder!!
My friend Sarah Koontz quit school to become a professional golfer–her dad’s idea! (Honest.) Now that’s a dad who loves his daughter. But then dreams changed. She married and began a family. She now nurses chickens and children in South Dakota. Is she sorry? Nope. God’s in charge of dreams. She wrote:
When I walked away from my golf career, I never stopped believing God had something bigger and better in store for me.
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