Eeee! Look what came in the mail today!!
This book, Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakable Peace, was on backorder forever and I thought it would never come. While I waited, I read ALL of the articles I could find by Sarah Mackenzie and it was well worth my time.
These are my favorites:
- How to Simplify the Schedule
- How to Simplify the Curriculum
- Taking a Bird’s Eye View
- Less, Done Well
Sarah has a way of helping stressed-out weary homeschool moms (like myself) breathe again, find rest, and focus on what’s most important, the hearts of our children.
I love this girl because she understands my struggles – my crazy obsession to complete entire curriculums, cover to cover, along with my overreaching desire to squeeze in 3276407753 different subjects into our daily schedule. I always feel like it’s my job to give my kids a “perfect” education and of course, there is no such thing.
Sarah says, “The heart of this book is about remembering what our true task really is, and then throwing ourselves in completely. Giving our all. The raising of children, the teaching of truth, the sharing of life, the nourishing of imagination, and the cultivating of wisdom: These are all His anyway; we are merely His servants.”
I already have the first chapter covered in underlines, circles, and asterisks. Wanna hear some of it?
“Much of our anxiety in homeschooling could be sidestepped by simply acknowledging who we are trying to please. It sounds simplistic, but consider that your day – what you prioritize, what you don’t – will likely look different depending on whether you are doing it all for His pleasure, or doing it all (or only some of it) to please Grandma, the neighbor, or anyone else.” – pg. 8
“Most of my own frustration comes from forgetting what my real task is in the first place. He’s called me to be faithful, yet I’m determined to be successful. …God is not demanding I be successful on my own. He’s calling me to be faithful and to trust Him for the results, which may not look like what I was expecting.” -pg. 8-9
“Rather, He asks us to live excellently – that is, to live in simple, obedient faith and trust. He asks us to faithfully commit every day to Him and then to do that day’s tasks well. He’s in charge of the results.” -pg. 10
And that’s just the beginning! Can’t wait to read the rest.