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It’s that time again. Most of us are starting or have already begun our 2019-2020 school year. For those who have never homeschooled before, there may be some anxiety coming into this new venture. You may feel confused or overwhelmed. For you pros, you probably already have your system in place and are ready to go. Wherever you see yourself WELCOME! This will be a year of big undertakings and major accomplishments. You can and will do great things! Starting a new school year (or new anything for that matter) can be demanding and requires planning and preparation, but it also requires peace and clarity. Don’t walk into this season so stressed that you destroy your chances for a positive, successful school year. 

First, know that everything won’t be perfect and that’s ok. Things happen. That’s life right? Although we make our plans, some things are bound to happen. We found out four months before our first “official” year homeschooling that we were expecting baby number eight, and she was due right in the middle of the school year (December 29). It was not the best time for anything much less a new little person. We went six day weeks sometimes. We did homeschool on appointment days. We did unit studies and review after the baby was born instead of traditional lessons. For me, it was so all over the place. But, we made it through. And our kindergartner learned to read after only the first 90 days! It wasn’t perfect at all. I would have loved to follow a set schedule, with weekly lessons, Fridays off, etc. But that’s not what took place and that’s ok.  The end result was everything I wanted from the start: a child that was educated.

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Hi! How do you do?

Hi, I’m Naja. I am so excited to be writing the blog post this year for our association. I will admit I have not written this much since undergrad. I do currently write product reviews through a major retailer and a “mom’s group” website. However, I haven’t written like this in years. So, please bear with me as I shake off some of the cobwebs, and I get back in the swing of writing for an audience again. My hope for this blog post is to simply share encouragement, knowledge, wisdom, tips, and tricks that will help you get through each week of this homeschool journey. I pray you all will find something useful in these lines this year. 

My life is full and busy. It revolves completely around my faith and my relationship with God. I’m most importantly a follower of Christ by who’s blood we believe there is salvation. We believe in biblical Truth only. Being led by the Spirit of God, we seek to raise our family by that Truth. My relationship with God through Christ is not a side deal. It’s a part of my everyday existence and something that will be illuminated in everything I do. My prayer for my family is that when people see us they see Him in us. And seeing our unique family dynamics really shows the outside world just how gracious, awesome, and merciful the God we serve is to those who believe in Him.

 I am a wife of 7 years to a wonderful man of God and minister of music. We were fortunate enough to be blessed with a quiverfull. We have 8 wonderful children ranging in age from 6 years old to 6 months. If you’ve started counting, you are probably wondering just how did we fit 8 children into 6 years. Twins? Adopt? Blended? Our family is not only unique because of our rather large number of children. There’s one more thing that sets us apart from most families. We have three sets of twins. Yes three!!! Now I’m pretty use to people’s reaction to learning that. I get shock, awe, sympathy, blessings, etc. I’ve heard it all. While everyone sees our brood as amazing, it’s just normal life for us. We don’t live everyday as if we are an anomaly. We’re just a family. I plan to share more on our unique family dynamics later. So stay tuned.

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