Friday, August 24, 2012

Views from My Rearview Mirror - Part One

Over the past eighteen years, our family has experienced a circus of life-changing events—actually, just life itself. We moved twice, launched our homeschooling adventure, survived raising three toddlers, wrote over 90 books, survived teaching three teenagers to drive, traveled across the country encouraging homeschooling families, launched three children off on college pursuits, and experienced farm life firsthand—and we have loved it. Through it all, we have homeschooled, and are blessed to have been able to pursue this course.

People ask me how I can stay so calm and upbeat through it all and I respond that I have learned three very important lessons. First and foremost, my faith has never failed me—never. Second, always stay flexible and expect the unexpected. Third, this day is a gift—and I will never, ever, have this time to spend again—I must use it wisely.

What do I know now that I wish we had known when we first started homeschooling?

The things that count can’t be counted.
  1. Time goes by too quickly to worry about or obsess over small things, like whether or not my child can read by the time they are five years old, etc.
  2. Keep the big picture in the forefront—getting from point A (beginning homeschooling) to point B (finish homeschooling)—remember that perspective is key to success. While we might miss algebra for this week due to family illness, we will still focus on the desired outcome, a well-rounded and enthusiastic learner by the time high school is complete.
  3. Homeschooling is a marathon, not a sprint. Keep your eye on the big picture, not what happened or did not happen today or this week.

What would you add to my list?


Amanda B.


  1. Thank you so much for this post! I need to save it and read it often. This really touched me and I know that God wanted me to read this post today.

    My kids and I have done a couple of your unit studies (started with one at Easter) and love them! Looking forward to doing some more in the near future!

    1. So glad you are enjoying the unit studies and that you found this post helpful. Thanks for stopping by, Cantina Camp!

  2. Amanda,

    This is beautiful and always a sweet reminder to keep my eyes focused on what really matters! I love your heart and am so thankful for your encouragement!


    1. Thanks for your sweet words, Leslie - they are an encouragement to me!


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