Ditching the New Year’s Resolution

Like so many people, this time of the year I usually sit down and think about all the changes I would like to make in the new year. I set resolutions, and in a way set myself up to epically fail. It is not realistic to make so many huge changes all at once. After reading a post by Amanda called Ditching the New Year’s Resolution this morning, I realized I was about to make the same mistake as years past. Instead of setting a bunch of resolutions she focuses on picking just one word she would like to embrace in the upcoming year.  I decided to join her in this one word challenge.

What is my one word for 2018?

Ditching the New Year's Resolutions One Word Challenge: Determined

I am determined….

  • To be patient as a mother rather than let the little things  get me work up
  • To live a healthier lifestyle rather than setting unrealistic weight loss goals
  • To let 2018 be a fresh start rather than focus on the negative things from last year

I am excited to walk away from the crazy list of resolutions I started writing a few days ago. It is like a fresh breath of air, and I look forward to all that 2018 has in store for my family.

Are you ready to join Amanda and I in ditching the New Year’s resolutions?

Let us know what your word is this year by commenting below or over at Joyful Wife Life. I hope 2018 is a wonderful year for all of you and your families!

Homeschooling Through Heartache

Some of you may have noticed my lack of a Tea Time Tuesday post yesterday…

And I don’t know if I even have the words to make it through this, but I want to ask for your understanding and patience as my family struggles through the next few trying days. Yesterday we received the news that my nephew who is only a few months older than Kenten took his own life. I feel like our world is crumbing down around us, but somehow we have to figure out how to continue living and homeschooling through heartache.

It is far too soon

… to discuss suicide
… to explain cremation
… and to watch my children suffer through this loss

But most of all it is far too soon for this goodbye!

To my nephew-you will be missed. I hope you have found the peace you did not have in this life.


If you or someone you know is struggling, please reach out for help before it is too late. There are so many people and organizations out there… You are not alone!

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention


Homeschooling Through Heartache

I’m not sure I know how to, but in just a few short days we will have to pick up where we left off and get back into our homeschool routine. When tragedy strikes, I think it is important to remember:

  • We are in control of our own homeschool, and sometimes it is necessary to take a break (and feel no guilt).
  • It is perfectly ok to modify your curriculum and do only what is manageable at this time.
  • Everyone handles difficult experiences in their own way.
  • And most importantly, family first!

So for now I am stepping away to be with my family…
Thank you for understanding, and please know that I am always willing to listen if you are struggling.






This summer I had big plans to get ahead on EVERYTHING, but life got in the way…

I have been sick more often than not for the last few months. Every time I start feeling better some other kind of germ smuggles into my life. On top of our day to day life, I have been trying to get ahead with preparations for the partnership classes I will be teaching in the fall, making curriculum decisions for my children, and cleaning out our school room for the upcoming year (which is no easy task since we still use it daily). Life decided to give me an extra kick in the butt last week. Not only is our pool heater broken, but my trusty Macbook died. AHHHH! It truly was just a rotten week, so I decided to step back and take some time to recover.

Real life happens… Roll with it!

Instead of spending hours preparing and stressing for everything starting in the fall I spent three days in my favorite chair reading and reading and reading some more! I forgot how nice it is to read simply for enjoyment. I made zero progress on preparations, got behind on the housework, probably disappointed my children by becoming a book hermit, but I feel so refreshed. I am ready to jump back into things and focus on the positive. A few years ago I would have felt guilty about taking a few days off to do only what I wanted to do, but I have grown to realize that some “me time” is a requirement when you are a homeschool mama.

How do you destress?

I would love to hear how you take some “me time”, so comment below.