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Nearly every homeschooling mother I have ever met has admitted that February is her nemesis. Oh, plenty of times we stumble around trying to find the swing of January after the blessed break that is December. And yes, there’s the long, slow march that is April. But February? February pulls us under and leaves us slogging through not just the gloomy muck of rain and cold outside our windows, but the tiresome repetition of yet another math lesson, “can you please spell that word again?” and “no, for the last time, we are not done with school for the day!”
February is the graveyard of curriculum, when desperate mothers everywhere start imagining that a perfect program must be out there somewhere…or at least, on someone else’s shelves. It’s the month when we begin to feel anxious about whether “grade level” might actually mean something after all and when we grow weary of listening to our child sigh every time he sees us settle into the reading chair with a read-aloud.
February is the month when the Big Yellow Bus looks mighty attractive.
I have long wondered if there’s an uptick in school enrollment in the second month of the year; if a portion of those of us who say out loud, “I’ve had enough!” have really had enough, and go through with it. I don’t have any statistics to confirm or deny the suspicion, but I do know this: February calls for a huge helping of encouragement for the homeschool mom.
I remember well my own seasons of wanting to wave February’s white flag. Using my own heart’s cries as a starting point, I’ve written a quick-reading, meet-me-where-I-am style devotional designed to shore up your calling as a homeschooling mom in the moments when you’d rather Google the local admissions office phone number. Don’t Quit: Encouragement To Keep You Homeschooling During Hard Times is five days of Biblical encouragement that reminds you why you started, how you can keep going, and who is holding your hand as you walk the path.
My heart is that these simple pages will strengthen you, not just for the last stretch of the school year, but for the entire journey God has ahead of you. For the next five days, you can download the Kindle version for free on Amazon. (After this, it will be available for just 99 cents.) So grab it now. Tuck it away in your library and wait for a rough day. Maybe you’ll never need it! But if you do, well…I bet it will be in February!