Tuesday, March 2, 2010


A few weeks ago I received an email from Bethany House Book Reviewers with new non-fiction titles available. One of the books was Homeschooling for the Rest of Us. 

At the time, it didn't seem that important. I was not currently homeschooling the Teen, though I did for first and second grade. I will homeschool the baby, but that is several years away. But the book just struck me as interesting so on a whim, I requested it.

Flash forward three weeks. I had completely forgotten about the book. The Teen has missed 30 days of school so far. While he kept up all right first semester (mostly A's and B's), midquarters came out and he is failing 2 subjects and getting D's in 2 more. After prayer and discussion it was decided that I would start homeschooling him for part of the day, and he will finish the day in public school.

Being pregnant and already feeling overwhelmed with my workload, this seemed like a HUGE undertaking. For several days I had questioned whether I could really do this right now and if this would work for our family. This morning I felt completely consumed with anxiety. We are now less than a week away from homeschooling after being away from it for six years. Jumping into the end of eighth grade. All while I'm tired, nauseous, and not feeling like I have the energy to do what I currently have on my plate.

Then this afternoon I get an email from my husband. On the bottom it says Joshua 1:9. Exactly what I needed to hear:

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.

Then I get home and check the mail. What arrived? Homeschooling for the Rest of Us. When I pulled it out of the package the back cover was up. Here's what it said:

Overwhelmed? Wonder How Others Do It All? Not Sure You're Cut Out for Homeschooling?

I was stunned. That's exactly how I felt. And God knew three weeks ago that I would need to read this book now. Even though homeschooling was not even a thought in my head at the time. God is so good.