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Monday, December 30, 2013

Five Revelations From 2013

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As we near the end of another year, I'd like to take this opportunity to share my top five revelations of 2013.

Revelation #1

I am comfortable right where we are in our homeschool journey. I no longer feel like my children have to do "everything" that is offered to them. For example, it's perfectly fine if we only go on a handful of field trips; in fact, it's just as fine if we go to even less. There is no right or wrong amount as far as this is concerned. It's also acceptable if they miss out on a particular class. There will always be opportunities for them to take advantage of; what's important for me to remember is that they don't have to do it all in one year's time. There's always next year.

I've learned to limit my commitments so that we can spend time with each other in a way that will create special memories.

Revelation #2

I don't have to cover every academic subject according to some plan (even my own at times). What I can do instead is continue to read my children's queues in a way that allows me to make any necessary changes to our day so that we can be successful in the things we are doing. If my child does an excellent job with his math studies on a particular day, but for some reason the thought of copywork makes him have a meltdown, then it's put aside until either later that day, or even the next day. Copywork will always be there and it will get done, just maybe not everyday and that's okay. This is the way I have begun to approach most subjects in the elementary years.

Revelation #3

Teaching my children about the love of Jesus and serving others is more important to me than the academics. Yes, math, reading, and communication skills are all important, however that all comes second to teaching my children what it means to have a relationship with Christ and to have a servant's heart. All of my children's academic subjects are taught within this framework.

Revelation #4

Jesus is my best friend. Whenever I feel lonely or insecure all I have to remember is that Jesus loves spending time with me. Instead of seeking to be accepted by others, I am confident in knowing that I've already been accepted by Christ. There will never be anyone in this world that will enjoy spending time with me more than Jesus, and He will always be the one friend that will NEVER let me down.

Revelation #5

God has blessed me with the gifts of organization skills and leadership. Previous to this year I had often wondered what my gifts were. This year I learned that not only do I enjoy organizing activities and events, but I am also very comfortable in leading them. I believe this stems from my enjoyment of not only being with people, but bringing people together.

These are my top revelations for 2013. Take a look back at your year. What are some of your revelations? I'd love for you to share them below in the comments section.

Below is a list of homeschool parents who share their reflections of another year gone by:

2013 - a messy but blessed year by April E. @ ElCloud Homeschool: Busy Minds, Busy Hands, Busy Feet

2013: A Look Back by Leah @ As We Walk Along the Road

2013 is Almost Gone by Kristen @ Sunrise to Sunset

2013- A Reflection on our Year by Jennifer @ Conversaving

Where Did 2013 Go? by Joelle @ Homeschooling for His Glory

Embracing the Bright, Shining Moments and Growing in Our Struggles by Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts & Minds

Saying Goodbye to 2013 by Tess @ Circling Through This Life

I'm the Mom of three teen boys, and other highlights of 2013 by Debra @ Footprints in the Butter

Looking Back Over 2013 Adventures In Homesteading & Homeschooling by Kim @Homestead Acres

2013 ~ The Good, The Bad, And The Beautiful by Audra Silva @ Simply Audra Marie

Real Moments of 2013 by Cristi @ Through the Calm and Through the Storm

It's a Beautiful Life--2013 Edition by April B. @ Coffee, Cobwebs, and Curriculum

Looking Back at 2013

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  1. I love your reflections, especially the two about Jesus being your best friend (He's mine, too!) and the fact that you focus on teaching your children about Jesus. :) Happy New Year!

  2. I can certainly relate with these reflection. Love the post. It's been pinned!

  3. ASliceofHomeschoolPieDecember 30, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    Thanks Joelle!

  4. ASliceofHomeschoolPieDecember 30, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    Happy New Year to you too!

  5. I loved reading your reflections. I agree that it's so important to put the Lord first in our children's education!

  6. I really like the reminder to happy right where you are in your homeschooling. I get caught up in that sometimes- always wanting to do the next good thing.

  7. Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts &January 1, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    I had some of the same revelations this year. :)
    It is very freeing to recognize that: we are not in this alone (the Lord is by our side) and we don't have to do it all or do it all at once. Have a happy New Year!


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