I really don’t intend to keep bombarding you with news about Be Happy Homeschooling, but I am excited about the more than 2,000 visits to the website. And that is in spite of the fact that we forgot to send out the video we made asking folks to share it! Oops! Here’s that 55-second video. Would you consider sharing it with other mamas who might know parents who are either wondering about homeschooling or who are feeling burdened by it? I would appreciate you helping us help them be happy homeschooling. How I wish I had had a resource like this when I was wondering about homeschooling myself in 1990 or when I was burdened by homeschooling in 1993! Click on the picture to view the video.
Our videographer, Titus, told me that an online friend told him that he had been trying to convince his wife to homeschool. She is afraid she can’t do it. Titus’ friend was glad to have this resource to share with his wife. You can imagine how happy that made me. God is very kind to validate our humble attempts.
Continuing to get things set up at the new building has coincided with this website launch, making me a rather busy and tired mama. We have been trying to figure out acoustics. We had heard that adding fabric in an office is a great help. Last night two of our friends met us at the office in the late afternoon, bringing lots of quilts and throws. We placed them around the room, as you can see in this picture.
We had heard that textiles could make a difference. Ray and I needed proof that it would work. We hung many more pieces than you can see in this picture. The difference was remarkable. Now I’ll be on a quest for textiles—in the right colors and shapes—to place in strategic locations.
I’m sharing this with you because I imagine that you might have some pretty loud decibels bouncing off your walls, too, sometimes. Hang up some curtains. Toss a throw over a sofa. Put a non-toxic plant in the corner. It’s amazing how sharp sounds become soft ones when you do. I’m convinced. Our experiment proved it.
The apostle Paul wrote to the church in Philippi, encouraging them to prove themselves. Paul said that the Philippians lived in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation. I know that we all feel often that we are living in that kind of world, too. This is how Paul encouraged them to live in that kind of environment. It’s how we want to live and how we want our children to live, too.
Many parents are considering homeschooling now because of the crooked and perverse generation they are seeing around them. Let’s pray that God will help us to help them.
Do all things without complaining or arguments;
so that you will prove yourselves
to be blameless and innocent,
children of God above reproach
in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation,
among whom you appear
as lights in the world,
holding firmly the word of life,
so that on the day of Christ
I can take pride because
I did not run in vain nor labor in vain.