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So if you have been looking at my website at any point, you’ve probably been wondering, “What happened to the magazine launch n October 1st?”. I had two choices with this: 1) edit the post so it didn’t have that in it or 2) be honest and straightforward about it. As you can tell from this post, I decided to be transparent about it. 🙂

I would LOVE to create a magazine targeting homeschool moms as a way to encourage and equip. I had things starting to come together and then it seemed like one thing after another kept coming up and getting in the way of it launching. With each obstacle, I felt this tug in my heart know it wasn’t the time to do it. My life is very busy and crazy between homeschooling, my husband being a pastor and our church continually growing, keeping up with meals and laundry that never ends. So I can only focus on so many things at a time (I know something that is a” but something hard for me to remember ;)). When my focus is taken off of those things that are the most important (God, husband, kiddos, homeschooling and that ever growing pile of laundry…), things start to fall apart and I can’t give my best to each of those primary areas.

Which brings me to the magazine…I know that right now the Lord is wanting me to continue with the Simply Following homeschooling events. Our first one went incredible (post to come soon)! And I love the face to face interaction with people and being able to provide that environment for moms to connect more. But have felt that, for now, the magazine is on hold. Who knows what the future holds (and I hope it is still in the future as it was looking so cool! ;)), but I always want to feel the Lord’s peace each step I take with the extra things I do.

So my next post will be all about our homeschool night and the next night we have planned for January! It will also hold what my plan is for coming post. 🙂

Be blessed!

Erin

November 1, 2019

Have you ever been in those places where God pushes you out of your comfort zone by given you a dream that is bigger than yourself? You’re terrified, yet excited to take that step. But everything that awaits is unknown.

That is were I have been for quite a few months. The Lord began putting this stirring and dream of a community of homeschooling moms who came together from all different backgrounds and ways of homeschooling. For the purpose of building each other up, sharing about their struggles, talking about the moments they love in these child raising years and coming away knowing that they weren’t alone in homeschooling. I made a comment to my husband that I wished that there was a homeschool convention here in town or something bigger that was done where you could go and learn and connect with more people and people could ask questions about things that they were struggling with or wanting advice on. And in his true visionary personality he says, “Why don’t you do something then?”

Anyone that knows me knows that I am an introvert and the idea of starting something terrifies me. I enjoy being behind the scenes and doing things one on one with people. But this desire in my heart continued to stir of wondering what that would look like. More importantly, was this something that God was stirring inside me?

I put it on the back burner and didn’t think much about it. However, as the weeks went on it seemed like every time I turned around I was being connected with some person about homeschooling, and coming along side a mom to be a coach so they would feel confident in their homeschooling journeys.

And the dream continued to grow…

“What if…”

So with my husband’s continued spurring on, a sweet friend’s encouragement and the confidence that this was God’s timing with it all, I took the first step… and then another… and have been absolutely blown away and humbled at how the Lord continues to open doors.

What are those steps you may be asking?

One step has been to create a bi-yearly event where homeschooling moms and those who are interested in homeschooling, can come together, ask questions and grow. Where they leave feeling encouraged, confident and equipped in their homeschooling journeys. And where most importantly they don’t feel the overwhelming feeling of isolation that sometimes homeschooling brings. So if you are in the area and have seen the flyer, I hope that you join us on October 3rd for a night to connect with other moms and be handed tools to help equip you to have an amazing school year.

Our next event is slated to be held mid-January, specifically on homeschool curriculum. Asking the questions of: How do you pick a curriculum? What do you look for? Do you have to do everything as it says? How do you balance multiply age levels? And much more. I am beyond excited to see what God does with these!

The second big dream, which to me was just an idea but again with my visionary husband, and the guidance of our big God, is slowly becoming a reality. The dream? To create an online magazine for homeschooling moms, but at the same time that could be for any mom who has kids at home. Something that encourages them spiritually, gives practical advice and provides ideas for resources. So here we go! Simply following the lead of my God, with the encouragement of those around me, we’re going to see this dream become reality, and I hope you’ll be a part of it.

For so long, I’ve known that my passion for homeschooling and coming along side moms was something the Lord had put in my heart to do. Now seeing what He is doing through that is humbling, exciting and makes me so nervous all in one! 🙂

If you want you can subscribe or follow us on instagram as we start on this journey and on October 1st as we release the first issue of the magazine!! 🙂

Remember, we’re better together. Let’s get going.

September 8, 2019