Homeschooling In Real Life

Homeschooling In Real Life

Do you ever wonder if your homeschooling days look like anyone else's? Homeschooling is very much like being a pioneer..."a person who is among the first to explore or settle a new country or area."  Because each of our families are unique, it truly looks different...

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Meet Durenda

I’ve been happily married to Darryl for almost 28 years.  I’m also a mom to eight, ages 12-26 and nana to four sweet grand babies.  I had visions of what a great mom I would be.  After 26 years of mothering, I have come to the conclusion that I will NEVER be that mom, but guess what?  It really doesn’t matter because it really isn’t about’s about living the story that GOD has written for our family…the one that reveals just how awesome and faithful HE really is!

I love to encourage parents by sharing some of the clarity that comes with age, experience and sometimes learning things the hard way.   It’s less important that we look a certain way and more important that we parent and homeschool with the big picture in mind and that happens most readily when we learn to SLOW DOWN.  Being unhurried in our parenting and homeschooling allows us the time and space to be much more intentional.

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I wanted you all to know that I just published my first book!  It’s a simple, mercifully short book on homeschooling(about an hour long read). Over a year ago, my husband suggested that I write a book on homeschooling.  I laughed because I really did think it was funny!  Homeschooling for our family has been simple, so I doubted that anyone would want to read about it.  My husband told me that was EXACTLY the reason I should write about it.

Four months, an editor and layout designer later, it was published!  Much to my surprise, after two days on Amazon, it was rated #1 in several categories! The most important thing to me, though, is that parents are being encouraged to relax and enjoy these precious years at home with their kids.  If homeschooling isn’t enjoyable most of the time, it might be a good idea to pause and reflect on why.

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When It’s Okay to Lose a Piece of Your Soul

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An Update for Y’all!

Most of you already know that my family recently made a cross country move, so I'm catching you up on that as well as wanting to find out what areas YOU need encouragement in! (7 minute video) Here is the link to a short FB poll so I can find out how you need to be...

Taking Care of Your Mom Heart

(*Contains Aff. Link) I wanted to take a minute to thank you for being here.  I know there are a million other things you could be doing and other voices you could choose to listen to.  I consider it a privilege that you find something valuable in what I share with...

Six Ways to Love Your Tween Well

  With the teen years right around the corner, it's wise to begin looking for ways to love your tween well, hopefully giving him or her a smoother transition into being a teenager!  I recently shared a post on ways that we can love our tweens well. Six Ways to...

Raise Kids Who Can Think for Themselves

I've been thinking about this for quite some time and thought it was about time to share my thoughts and experience in raising kids who can think for themselves. "It takes time and an unhurried mom heart to encourage our kids to think for themselves, but oh the joy of...