Winter Cheer for Homeschooling Mamas

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I am one of those—perhaps a little strange—mamas who love winter, but I remember well, what was for me, the very bleak winter of 2003-2004. Only four weeks after my beloved father passed away suddenly and unexpectedly a few days before Christmas, we moved into this very old house. The first night our family spent here was a frigid night in late January. We’ve been working on it for 19 years now, and today it is bright, cheerful, and even warm—something we could hardly have imagined that first night when the weather outside was 7 degrees above zero.

I was so low that winter that I could have identified with Ray’s very descriptive saying: I was so low that if I sat on a newspaper, my feet would hang off.

The house was very dark back then, too—so dark, in fact, that one day I went to a local antique store and bought 10 used lamps for $5.00 apiece. I had never done anything like that before, but those lamps were a boost for this blue mama. I was amused after that when I went into the antique store. The sweet owner would look up with a smile and a look that said, “Oh, boy. Here comes the big spender.” I still smile when I think of that.

Many mamas have some blue days in the winter. Sometimes February can feel particularly bleak. For homeschooling mamas, this shortest month of the year can feel very long. For the remainder of the weekdays in February, Notgrass History plans to share short and specific thoughts and ideas to help mamas weather the weather outside their windows and what may feel like drudgery on the inside of them. I might not share a single thing you haven’t thought of before, but at least I can remind you that you are not alone.

We have short encouraging videos for most days and happy memes for others. These are results of the video project I told you about last Tuesday. We’re calling it Winter Cheer for Homeschooling Mamas. While working on the series with Bonnie last week, I looked through many of the snow photos I have taken at our house since we moved here in that cold winter of 2003-2004. Seeing them again brought me great joy. Today I’ll share some of my favorites and then share a link to the first video which introduces Winter Cheer for Homeschooling Mamas.


God promised:

While the earth remains,
Seedtime and harvest,
And cold and heat,
And summer and winter,
And day and night
Shall not cease.
Genesis 8:22

God made the seasons:

You have established all the boundaries of the earth;
You have made summer and winter.
Psalm 74:17

God is mighty:

He gives snow like wool;
He scatters the frost like ashes.
He casts forth His ice as fragments;
Who can stand before His cold?
Psalm 147:16

God takes care of our spiritual needs:

“Come now, and let us reason together,”
Says the Lord,
“Though your sins are as scarlet,
They will be as white as snow;
Though they are red like crimson,
They will be like wool.”
Isaiah 1:18

Teach your children God’s word and trust Him to use it powerfully in their lives.

For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven,
And do not return there without watering the earth
And making it bear and sprout,
And furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater;
So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth;
It will not return to Me empty,
Without accomplishing what I desire,
And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.
Isaiah 55:10-11

Click here and scroll to the bottom of the page to see today’s video and please share it with any mama you know who could use a boost.

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  1. Mrs Notgrass,
    I absolutely loved this post with all of your winter/ snow pictures! They are beautiful! I grew up in Bristol, TN and got snows like that and loved it! My family now lives in GA, about an hour east of Atlanta. If we get “snow” it is usually only a few flurries. So I really enjoyed seeing those pictures! Thank you for sharing them.
    Ann Bryan
    PS – I do hope Mr Notgrass has completely recovered from having pneumonia. I should tell you my high school aged kids have absolutely loved his high school materials. They really appreciate his perspective and his thorough knowledge of history and government and economics. Thank you!

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