Jumping Back in to Homeschooling for 2015-2016

Since living in Northern Ireland we’ve had our children in “public” school. They school systems are very different here and your options are usually Catholic school or “Integrated” schools.

An Integrated school’s goal is to bring together students from the Catholic and Protestant sides in Northern Ireland.

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Our children’s school has been great! I joke that it’s like sending our children to private school without the monthly bills. The children learn basic bible stories and values, they focus on literacy, maths and the arts. For the last 2 years our children have loved their school but as we plan to return to America we were faced with the difficult choice of what to do about our children’s education.

 

After long discussions and prayer we’ve decided to jump back in to Homeschooling!  So you will begin seeing Homeschooling posts again here at Hey, Donna. I can’t tell you how much peace and excitement this decision has given us. I’m looking forward to re-joining all of my favorite homeschool bloggers and writing about our homeschool adventures along the way. We’ll be learning along the way and things might get messy but I hope you’ll tag along for the ride.

 

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I’ve already been busy researching curriculums and I can’t wait to share our plans!  Have you been thinking about homeschooling? Are you already homeschooling? I’d love to hear from you and get to know other homeschooling moms. Introduce yourself in the comments below.

Decluttering the STUFF and Finding Freedom by Having Less

Today I climbed out of my bed and had a huge burst of energy.  This.is.not.normal!  I felt motivated so I decided to dive into my big (dreaded) project: Decluttering the stuff and getting ready to pack again!

Decluttering the STUFF

Luckily, we don’t own very much. We sold nearly everything before we left. We packed up 16 bags and hopped over the pond to Northern Ireland. We tried our best to keep clutter out of our house knowing that one day we’d have to pack it all up again.

Decluttering the STUFF and Find Freedom by Having LESS

How Have We Stayed Un-cluttered?

  • I don’t make many mindless-purchases
  • We’ve never even decorated our apartment *gasp*
  • There’s no Target to “window shop” in (we all know no one can really just window shop at Target!)
  • We live on a tight budget – our spending choice have drastically changed!

As you can imagine we haven not accumulated very much over the past 2 years and it feels great!

Unavoidable Clutter

Despite our best efforts, clutter does sneak in, birthday present for the kids, books, hand-me-downs and paperwork all find their way into our house. Now we have just 4 weeks left to go through our things and declutter so we can pack everything back up.

Today with my new-found energy I tackled my wardrobe. I ended up with a HUGE pile of clothes to donate and pared down my wardrobe to a simple collection for the summer. I did the same for the kids and went through most of their toys with them and they each have a good amount of toys to gift to the other missionary kids here.

When we were preparing to move to Ireland this process was months long – We had SO MUCH STUFF! We had boxes and boxes of saved STUFF,  bins of craft supplies, fabric, books, old baby toys, clothes (some from high school). All of this STUFF had become a burden. We sold everything over the course of 2 months and felt such a sense of relief when it was GONE!

Find freedom by having LESS

I’ve always loved organizing and found great inspiration through blogs and ebooks.

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Our BIG Transition & Help for the Overwhelmed Mamas

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We’re preparing for a big transition this summer – returning to America after spending nearly 2 years in Northern Ireland volunteering with Youth with a Mission. This transition means many changes for our family; my husband will return to full-time work, we will be homeschooling our 2 children in the fall and I will return to being a stay-at-home mom (plus continuing to work-at-home!). Much of this transition seems overwhelming and stressful if I think about it too much.

Having Kevin back at work full-time will be a big change for all of us. For the past 2 years he has been around so much more. He comes home for lunch and often picks the kids up from school. He’s helped with the housework and made dinner many nights. Homeschooling is a HUGE job that will require so much more planning and patience on my part. On top of that I’m supposed to keep a tidy house, right? 

For several years I’ve been blessed to be “surrounded” but a great group of encouraging Christian bloggers online. They have encouraged me in my parenting during the “little” years, held my hand when we first started homeschooling and they’ve lifted our family in prayer during our time in full-time ministry.

These bloggers have authored blog posts that have encouraged and inspired thousand and many of them have released ebooks for moms that I’ve read and loved.

The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle  is an excellent resources for new moms and old moms alike.

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