ready or not, it’s a new (home)school year!

Today and tonight I finished some last-minute homeschool preparations. I penciled in our schedule and wrote out some things I’m hoping we can accomplish this year. I penciled in practice schedules and games. I tried to visualize how to fit it all in. Tonight my husband gave us beautiful back-to-school blessings. My boys each received one, and I received one too (maybe because I need it more than my boys)?! Truly, though, homeschooling requires heavenly help. It’s a big undertaking. 


With each year the planning becomes a little more complex as I consider each child’s unique personality and talents. Since we’re not in our new house yet and have another move planned in a couple of months while we await our new house being built, I don’t have that delightful feeling that comes with setting up and organizing our learning space all pretty. Oh well! I have decided that if I were to wait for everything perfectly arranged and planned, then I would probably never execute on anything! Things don’t have to be perfect to be wonderful. It all comes down to perspective and prioritizing. And it all comes down to grace.

I love this:

Nevertheless, the Lord God showeth us our weakness that we may know that it is by his grace, and his great condescensions unto the children of men, that we have power to do these things.
— Jacob 4:7 (The Book of Mormon)

I love that verse of scripture so much. It feels like over the last couple of years God has been showing me my weaknesses! But I love how this verse points out that God shows us our weakness not so we get all discouraged and down-hearted, but so He can show us His grace. His perfect love and mercy and help. So that we know that He is our source of help.

So I guess my purpose in writing this post is to encourage any of you other mamas out there who have the desire to homeschool but are wondering "how on earth do I have the bandwidth to do one more thing?" Through HIM. With HIM, we do have power to do all things.

I believe there is no greater work that nurturing and educating our precious children. He will help us as we look to Him for guidance and strength. What a blessing!

I wish I could give each of you homeschool mamas out there reading this post a hug. You’re doing so well, and your efforts will bless your children throughout their entire lives! xo