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How I Juggle Homeschooling, Housework and Work as a Single Mom

Juggling homeschool, housework and work as a single mom can be a challenge, but not one that can't be accomplished.
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"How do you do it all?" 

It's a question I'm asked all the time. If I'm not asked how I do it all, I'm asked, "How can I do it all?

Can you do it all? Is it possible? That depends. What does all mean to you?

I'm a single mom. That means working, maintaining a household, and homeschooling. I must be mom and dad. In other words, I have to bring home the bacon, fry it, and teach the kids how it came to be bacon. That's what all means to me. 

So how do I do it?

The Last "Firsts" on Our Journey: Traveling toward Middle School

The youngest of five child is about to start homeschool middle school. It's a bittersweet thought for this mama.

I don't know how it happened. I'm not sure when it happened. A change took place, scarcely acknowledged by me. It is clear, however, that this transformation did occur.

One day Lorelai was 5 years old. We were beginning her first year of Charlotte Mason homeschooling. Year 1 - Kindergarten. 

Kindergarten year

The next day, I realized we are nearing the final stage our current homeschool year. She'll be 11 years old next week. In school terms, that means 6th grade. 

How did this happen??

March is our one-month break. We'll travel. We'll hike. We'll enjoy spring. I'll plan another homeschool school year. You know - the usual things we do in March.

This time, however, I'll be planning for a middle school child. No, it's not the first time I've had a child reach this milestone. It shouldn't be a big deal, right? In most ways, it isn't. After all, four children have preceded her on this journey.

But she's my last. M
y fifth child. My baby. The last to do all the "firsts." 

As we continue on this homeschool journey, I'll savor the scenery, knowing I won't see it again. While I've seen it all before, Lorelai will take this journey only once. For her, everything is a new experience. Every bump in the road, every detour, every beautiful path is a first. I'll see it all through her eyes.

These are her "firsts" in this journey.

All the while, my mama heart will know this is the final time I will travel these particular highways and byways. We will go on to new journeys and leave these well-worn roads behind us one day.

The homeschool trip will be over before I know it.

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My Child Is Taking Charge of Her Life

In my life this week...

This was a great week.

Due to her own efforts, Lorelai was able to switch her sleeping schedule around to a more normal schedule. I say "more normal" because I think most of us would consider 4 a.m . a pretty early hour. Yet this is what time she gets up now. Her schedule goes something like this:

  • 4 a.m. - Wake up.
  • 5 a.m. - Breakfast
  • 10 a.m. - Lunch
  • 3:30 p.m. - Dinner 
  • 5 p.m. - Get ready for bed
  • 6:30 p.m. - Bed
No one planned it, but it worked out this way. It's perfect for her. She gets to be up at night (it's dark between 4 and 7 a.m.), yet she experiences daylight, sunshine, fresh air and outdoor activities again.

The change in her moods and even her thinking is phenomenal. Yes, there will be a post about that. Stay tuned!

Also, Alexis came home after spending a month at one of my older daughter's home. I've missed her and am glad to have her back home. 

Our Trip to Anime Weekend Atlanta 2013

I meant to have this post published on Saturday. As you will see, I haven't been home, so here it is a couple of days late. 

In my life this week...

I've been away from home. I've been away from home a lot

Last week, we left on Wednesday to stay at my daughter's house. The following day, we departed for Georgia, to attend the Anime Weekend Atlanta con which was held Friday-Sunday. It was one of the greatest weekends we've ever had.

We returned on Monday evening. On Friday, we drove to Tampa to attend the ShadoCon Final Fantasy Ball. That didn't turn out well because we had some challenges that caused us to arrive quite late. Being late wasn't the problem. The problem was that event ended two hours earlier than we thought. The girls were disappointed but not nearly as upset as I would expect.

A New Home for Us (and other good stuff)

In my life this week...

I have big, exciting news this week.

I'm buying a home! 

Yes. I'm buying my very first home. I found a really sweet deal with owner financing and we're just so excited!

This means big changes. It takes me a bit out of my comfort zone.. and town.. and county.. to a town with a population of 1,556. I know, right? I'm going to look for the sign that reads, "Welcome to Podunk".

But seriously, I'm thrilled and can't wait to post pictures once we're moved into the place. 

10 Things That Make This Mama Happy

Today, the iHomeschool Network bloggers are writing about what makes them happy or makes their day. I wasn't sure what I was going to write but yesterday was simply inspiring. It was one of those days that brings me great joy. In no particular order, here are.....

10 Things That Make This Mama Happy

1. Nature - This can mean hiking or taking a nature walk. As long as I'm outside, I'm happy. Nature eases anxieties, leads to discoveries, and helps us to understand our Creator a little better. 

The Week Emotions Ran High

In my life this week...

Oh, this week. What a mix of emotions it has been! 


When the week began, I was highly stressed because I was trying to build a web store and have it finished by Wednesday night for a Facebook party. I also had blog posts to make, giveaways to post and the party itself. Stress, indeed.

New Business
Then I had the party. It was a great success! I didn't finish the web store but I at least announced that it's coming and hosted some giveaways. Emotions were high! 

Loss of a Family Pet
The following day, I relaxed and had a pretty good day. Until 7pm, that is. At that time, I found my dog having a seizure. I didn't know that's what was happening, but my son did. So we rushed him to the vet. I believe he was brain dead upon arrival. Something was gone from his eyes.

10 Books That Changed My Life

Not often can I say a book has changed my life. I love reading and over the years have read countless books on all sorts of subjects. When I was younger, I read mostly parenting books. 

I haven't read any of those in many years now. As I've grown older and more experienced at life, I've grown to like myself and not feel I need "experts" to tell me what to do. Most of those books only served to make me feel like I wasn't a good-enough parent anyway. And traveling from one expert's opinion to another only served to confuse me.

There were some books, however, that made a difference for me. In chronological order of life-changing effect are...

Our Khaotic Weekend {Khaotic Kon 2013}

Khaotic Kon 2013! 

I don't know how many of you know anything about anime, manga, Jpop and such things, but Alexis is hyper-focused on this stuff. She has been for a long while. I've never been very into it (of course much of this stuff didn't exist when I was a kid). But last weekend I attended a con with the kids. I had a blast and so did they.

I don't always interact in social situations, but I watch people. What I saw that weekend impressed and fascinated me.

  • Everyone was so sweet. I saw no snobbery, "cliques" or any other negativity. Everyone was genuinely kind to each other. 
  • Alexis isn't alone in her hyper-interest in these things. I knew there were others interested in anime, J-pop, manga, etc. What I hadn't realized is that so many people were interested in all of the same things she is. Everyone there seemed to know everything about everything. 

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