Clearing the Forest.

Homeschooling day 20.  The first few weeks felt like this:  I had an aerial view of what lay before me, then I took the jump out of that plane and into a thick dark forest with nothing but an ax.  The only thing left to do?  Work and move forward taking down only what’s not needed and what keeps me from moving forward. (Things like, curriculum overload, scheduling havoc, and doing it my way or else!)


My hope?  Remembering why I took the jump, what  lies ahead, and not getting stuck in the darkness.  This is the hardest work I’ve ever done.  Everyday more light shines in and illuminates the next step that I need to take along this journey.  I’m not alone, God is faithful, and He’s placed in my path just the right people at just the right time.

I’m thankful for the mom who said to me that just as unique as I am and my  children are – so will be our style and approach to homeschooling.  They don’t always look the same.  I don’t have to compare myself to other homeschooling mommies.  I don’t have to do it just like them, because I’m not them.  There is room for me to make mistakes and not have it all together.  It’s okay for me to get ideas to try and implement, to keep the ones that work, and stop the ones that don’t.  What a relief!

Cheers to some fresh air as I continue to clear the forest.

By the way, what have you been working on?





  1. As We Are... on October 1, 2013 at 3:45 am

    We are in the beginning stages of homeschooling and also working with finding a rhythm. Oh dear my friends who are veterans say it just takes time and trust your gut but every day is different. As chaotic as it can be I know that this is the right decision for us.

    I love the thought of the dark forest before us with nothing but an axe. The mission to plod forward through the forest and decide on the course of action…

    So very many trees… Such very satisfying work 🙂

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Author Vicki L. Moag grew up in the mountains of Pennsylvania with a love for music and the outdoors. Now, whether singing in a choir, the congregation, or teaching children, she finds a way to share her love of music with others. She currently resides with her family in South Carolina, where they enjoy countless adventures together.


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