January has gotten off to such a busy start that I’m just now getting around to my Year in Review post!
We started our first week back-to-homeschooling after a long holiday break… by Thursday things were feeling a bit normal-ish, but my-oh-my-oh-my it was a rough day or two getting started!
Top it off with my resolve to cultivate “quietness” in my life in 2015, and this week has been quite a ride!
It’s no fun meeting your inner ugliness head-on day after day, but homeschooling does that for me. Thank you, Jesus, for grace. And nap time. And coffee!
The challenge for me is fitting in one-on-one school time with my four school-age children.
With My Father’s Word curriculum, a large portion of our school time is combined and “read aloud”, but several of my kiddos are still high maintenance when it comes to needing lots of help from me. (I think it will stay that way until my two “middle kids” learn to read and can work more independently.)
Spreading my time and focus far enough to make sure every one is staying on track, and getting enough help and instruction, is feeling really stressful right now!
Today, I’m celebrating our accomplishments this week and embracing a few days of “rest” (read: cleaning, organizing, and grocery shopping) before next week gets here.
Wrapping up 2014
Well, I told you this is a Year in Review post, so here we go…
The top (most read) 15 posts from last year, in no particular order-
That’s quite a smorgasboard of topics, don’t you think?
Thanks for reading, sharing, commenting. This blog would be boring without you here!
What I Am Reading
This book is on my January reading list, and I was SO excited to get it in the mail this week!
So far, I’ve settled down with Sally’s book (and a cup of coffee, have I mentioned coffee?) for two evening reads. I am already deeply challenged by the message of Own Your Life.
I’ve already recommended this book to lots of friends, and I highly recommend it to you too.
With homeschooling in gear again, I didn’t find as much time to read online as I generally squeeze in during the week, but here are some favorites I enjoyed and want to pass along–
- 4 Reasons We Don’t Do Sleepovers, @ AnglieTolpin.com
As a mom with young daughters, I totally related to Angie’s article. And heartily agreed with her insights and opinions! Great read.
- 10 Creative Ways to Teach Children to Be Kind, @ MothersNiche.com
I read this one a few weeks ago and will no doubt read it again… and again. Very useful and inspiring.
- 3 Reasons You Should Consider a Gluten-free Lifestyle, @ TheHumbledHomemaker.com
In the four years since our family went gluten-free, I’ve been asked by quite a few friends, “Should I go gluten-free? Will it make me feel better or be healthier?” This article answers those questions pretty well, in my opinion.
- Strengthening the Heart of a Homemaker, devotional printables & guide from Smithspirations
My friend, Kristen, just launched a lovely new devotional guide for homemakers. I am so impressed! I can’t wait to print my Scripture cards and homemaking pages (I think I’ll use them in my homemaking binder). Check out Kristen’s new ebook– and whatever you do, don’t miss the giveaway!
You can check out my Favorite Reads board on Pinterest to take a peek at my cream-of-the-crop inspiring articles and books throughout the week!
For now, I’m signing off for the weekend.
I really do have to tackle that cleaning, organizing, and grocery shopping stuff this weekend. For Pete’s Sake, I’m still taking down my Christmas tree!
Thankfully, I have a pretty mug for my coffee (and the organic herbal teas Jeremy got me for Christmas), a bottle of lavender essential oil, my journal, planner, and my right-now-favorite-book, a pair of comfy-fuzzy-pink socks…