Slippers, Set, Go!

Today begins a new homeschool year for us. I’ve spent the last two weeks planning and preparing for this very morning. Last year at this time I wrote about all the “newness” of our year ahead and this year it’s mostly about the challenge.

I’ll be honest. Homeschooling isn’t easy. I was very close this year to putting them in a private school. I even called and maybe would have done it, but for the fact that there was not a space for my fourth grader.

I’m glad now, though. And I have a feeling… no, I know that God stepped in… because I moved ahead of Him. I was disappointed that day because I was tired. And fearful. Afraid that maybe I wasn’t doing a good enough job. Worried that now with a new Kindergartner, second and fourth grader I’d never survive. That I might ruin them with my undisciplined and disorganized nature.

But, the truth is God never released me from my call to homeschool. I’ve always known that homeschooling was never just about the kids. In my days of wrestling with the Lord before I even began this adventure I knew it was equally about me facing that unruly nature within me. The impossible. But, with the One who makes it all possible right by my side.

I wouldn’t want it any other way. This is my challenge and I know He has great plans for me. I don’t want to miss the miracle moments in my life.

These are the Truths God laid on my heart this time last year and I know I’m going to need them again this year…

— I am God’s girl (John 1:12)

–My weaknesses = His Strength ( 2 Cor. 12:9)

–His loving kindness is new each day (Lam. 3:22,23)

–His Word provides endurance, encouragement and eternal hope for me (Rom. 15:4)

SO, here we are… SLIPPERS, SET, GO!


Counting on with Ann

113. settling in at home again

114. dry, cool Northern Nevada air

115. our annual family fish fry

116. sister-in-law who never fails to encourage me

117. the beautiful young woman my sweet niece has become

118. Lake Tahoe

119. Galatians 6:2 friends

120. surprises

121. celebrating husbands 40th birthday

122. the lone eagle grille

123. Kelli… I know, she’s been on here before… but she’s SO worth repeating!

124. our new, cute space on the web

125. great finds on craigslist

126. eager children in their new slippers

127. challenges that remind me He is my strength


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11 Responses


I’m sure you will do a wonderful job! “He will never leave you or forsake you!” (Heb. 13:5) I applaud your decision to homeschool! Have a wonderful school year!

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New slippers are always so exciting at our house! 🙂 Love your list!
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Very cute slippers! Homeschooling is NOT easy and I have many mommy friends who do it. And, I know that some days are so challenging. Praying God blesses you and your family this year as you follow Him in obedience!

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Bless your heart – I’m sure it’s not an easy job, and it seems we’re our own worst enemy most of the time. But you nailed it with all those perfect scripture verses at the end of your post. Our weakness does indeed equal His strength – Praise God! Sounds like you’re off to an exciting year!
Thanks SO much for your beautiful comment on my blog this morning. You shine the light of Jesus to so many 🙂 Much love to you,
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It seems He calls us to the impossible so that we have to rest in His strength alone. This is our first year in homeschooling–it’s nice to hear that even veteran’s aren’t always sure of themselves when it comes to schooling. It’s kind of a lonely venture to take on but it is a calling. Enjoyed visiting here from Ann’s.
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I believe that God continues to put us in situations where we have no choice but to rely on Him. But you already know this truth – you can do all things through His strength. 🙂 Your children and beautiful and I love their new slippers. Great list, Heidi – Many blessings!
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Love the slippers Heidi! 🙂

I have no doubt in the world that your children are right where God intends them to be… In your capable tutelage!

And what a great list! Please wish your husband a very happy 40th birthday for me!

Have a Blessed Day!
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What a lovely list. I so glad to hear you decided to give homeschool another year. It is definitely one of my biggest regret not home-schooling my kids. Thanks for sharing your gratitudes.

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How did you know I needed to hear 123 today!:) I love the challenge, vulnerability, and victories in your post. Yes, homeschooling is hard, but so much easier when you know it’s God’s good and pleasing will for you. Following Jesus isn’t easy even thought sometimes we think it should be. God is using you to serve your family in an amazing way. They are lucky kids to have you as their mama!

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