Hello there! You’ve found my little cozy place on the web.  I’m Esther. A Jesus lover. Wife to my best friend. Momma of 7 blessings. Heartstrings tugged; by all things simple and sweet. You’ll find me blogging about homemaking, marriage, parenting, adoption, homeschooling, sustainable & natural living.

A life journal, so to speak. I don’t claim to have it all figured out, and I certainly don’t have it all together, but I know The One who does! My frayed edges are being shaped and re-formed on a daily basis. I hope my very flawed writings; will only point you ever closer to the one who so graciously makes hearts whole, and fills them with an everlasting joy. I just desperately pray that I won’t obscure the breathtaking view. I’m honored you’re here.

the struggle of a selfish homeschooling mom

We begin our 11th year of homeschooling in about a week and a half. It’s a hard thing to swallow. Yet again, another summer is already fading into the uttermost parts of what will be a memory.

deafeating “homeschool burnout” | part 2

In Defeating Homeschool Burnout Part 1, we looked at 12 ways to help better DEFEAT the ugly burn that is caused by what I call “Homeschool Burnout”. We’re going to jump right in, and look at 11 more ways to help any of us finding ourselves trying to overcome the sting.

deafeating “homeschool burnout” | part 1

Homeschool Burnout: [ hōm′sko͞ol bern´out ] emotional and physical exhaustion resulting from a combination of exposure to environmental and internal stressors that involve teaching (one’s children) at home, while simultaneously keeping house, washing mountain loads of laundry, cooking dinner, wiping noses, carrying a baby on a hip, keeping a toddler entertained and being a good helper to a husband. In addition to signs of exhaustion, this type of burn exhibits an increasingly negative attitude toward the choice to homeschool in the first place, low self-esteem, and personal devaluation, second guessing, and threats of putting kids on a bus, is often associated with homeschool burnout.
Homeschool Burnout always finds us at the most inconvenient of times.

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