This is exactly why I was proactive this year and attended the Homeschool Winter Summit in Norman, OK. (Okay, so also because I love hanging with the ladies I caravan-ed with! Smockity Frocks, Kelly Wiggains, Marathon Mom and more.) I did come down with the flu while there (not an excellent combination. I do not recommend), but it wasn't an "epic fail" in the end.
Still, one has to stay completely proactive and walking in faith to maintain this kind of consistency until that first day of Spring!
10 Ways to Bless a Homeschool Mom
- Make a Freezer meal for that Oh man, I forgot that my family needs to eat EVERY night emergency that we have all encountered.
- Take your friend's kids to the park, museum or skate-day while she does lesson plans, or, even better, takes a bubble bath.
- Volunteer to do a Saturday Workshop to help your friend's kids with enrichment, or to get "caught up" in whatever subject is your specialty.
- Run to the store and grab a homeschool "refill" supply pack. Example: pencils, notebook paper, pens, playing cards, dominoes, markers, crayons, and the most important POST IT NOTES.
- Bless your friend with a Cleaning Day! Arrange a day that you can help your friend tackle those deep-cleaning, not-so-fun, housework issues that have gone to the wayside. MOVIE NIGHT at your house with for the kids and dads while you and your friend work.
- Help with the joyous (sarcastic-tone) work of grading! Volunteer to take a big-fat, yes it's been sitting in one place since Christmas, pile of school work that needs graded. Oh, admit it, we've all done it.
- Take time to write a note of encouragement. Stopping the business of life to put our edification to pen is a blessing to those who receive and those who give. Just let your friend know that you love her, we all have trials as mom and home educator, and just give her some reassurance. Visually seeing this is a blessing to any mom.
- Bless her with books. Go to your local thrift store or used book store and stock up on books that fit her style of education, inspirational books or living books for the kids. Believe me, a home educator can never have enough books. ;)
9. Go shopping! No, you cannot leave the kids behind! Volunteer to do her grocery shopping for the week. Just one more thing she can cross off her to-do list.
10. Pray for your homeschool sister, and pray with her! Truly, this is the greatest blessing for your friend. Do not underestimate the power of Jesus interceding on your friend's behalf. God is still on the throne, and prayer still changes things!
Bottom-line? Take the time to be a blessing, you will never regret time taken to help someone else . . . Scout's honor.
As a home educator, what would be a big blessing to you?
Joyfully serving with you,
The Joyful Socks Mom