When we first began home educating back in 2000 I was very interested in hearing how other women ran their home schools. I wanted to know all the details. Did they keep a schedule? Did they use chore charts and curriculum? Did they say the Pledge of Allegiance every morning? Did they get dressed every day? I look back now and know why I was so interested. I was looking for a measuring stick. I wanted to know if what I was doing was going to be good enough.
Now, years later, I rarely worry about whether what I am doing measures up to other people’s standards, but am more concerned with meeting the Lord’s standards and my husband’s expectations. I have successfully graduated my oldest and she seems to be functioning quite well as an adult. That has given me confidence and perspective.
However, after having said that, I am always wanting to tweak my schedule, or change how we are doing chores, or look for a better, faster, more efficient way to do my household work. In our town, we have a ministry called: HFHG (Home For His Glory). I had the pleasure of attending a recent meeting of theirs where 4 different women got up and shared a “Peek into my day.” Each woman shared her schedule and a little about her philosophy for helping her home and homeschool run smoothly. I enjoyed this meeting so much and gleaned some great ideas from all the speakers.
Then I was reminded of how much I craved that kind of insight when I first started staying home and wondered if some of my readers would enjoy the same kind of discussion. If you have the time and energy would you like to come by the website and share a little about your day? Whether you homeschool, stay home full time, or work outside the home, I would love to hear about how you manage your time and your days. I know this will be a fun area for others to read and share ideas. I hope this will be a source of encouragement for women- lots of women just like you and me who are seeking balance, perspective and success in this journey of being a godly wife and mother.
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Malia Russell is the blessed wife to Duncan, thankful mother to six children, ages 1 to 23, grandmother to one, and an author, conference speaker and director of www.homemaking911.com. Visit her site for inspiration, encouragement and practical help in your roles as a godly wife, mother, homemaker or home educator.
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