This is the time of year that I struggle typically, and this year is no different.  Add on to that my physical health being a struggle, and I’m just worn.  I have spent the last several weeks trying to manage things, and it just hasn’t worked.  Self care is super important, but it doesn’t take the struggles away.

I have been trying to control homeschooling stuff better, and that has been difficult.  I have thought that maybe I shouldn’t homeschool, and Robert completely disagrees with that and reminds me that I will get past this and I will be glad that I continued.  They don’t need anymore change.  So we just manage the best we can right now, and it’s going fine.  They are actually growing a lot in some areas, so I’ll take it.

On Monday I called all of my doctor’s offices and found out that I have credits, so I have been picking up checks.  I’m going to hold onto them until I need to spend them on medical costs.  I also closed my bank account (which has caused a little bit of struggle… I should have waited a bit).  I also called and closed my credit card account.  I’m going completely to cash, which I think will be great in the long run, but it’s going to be an adjustment.  I’m having to work out the kinks, which makes me wondered if I rushed into things.  I guess I’ll make it work.

I’ve been struggling with social media.  I deactivated Facebook about a week ago, and that has been great, but other things have been kind of rough.  Like the other day I realized that a friend of mine wasn’t following me on Instagram.  Something so dumb to be worked up about.  But with my anxiety, it was HUGE in my head.  I just always feel like I’m not wanted by others, and I always assume it’s because of my vulnerability and anxiety.  There are other things that make vulnerability hard, so I was going to take a break from Instagram also.  Then the other day I got a message from a stranger that changed things for me.

It reminded me that God has a plan for my vulnerability, and I just really can’t help that I want to share all the things.  I really think it’s the calling that God has for me… even though it can be super hard sometimes (especially when I feel rejected for it).


I’m still struggling with my physical health.  My cough is pretty rough still, and I am always exhausted.

I am currently at my best friend’s house (and it has been so amazing!), but I have slept in every day and taken a few hour nap every afternoon.  It’s just how I function right now, and I hate it.

Despite it, though, I refuse to just sit everything out.  I want to be present with my family, and I’m doing the best that I can.  I missed some things while I napped today, but I have been around for everything else.

We have had so so so much fun here.  It has been so great to be with my best friend, and the kids have had so much fun with her kids.  They homeschool as well, so it’s fun to get two homeschool families together.


I have also had some amazing time with Jesus, which was so needed.  I spent time in the Psalms, praised/worshipped, and prayer journaled.  It reminded me how necessary that time with Jesus is to be filled up.

I don’t understand why God allows many things, but I just have to trust that He has a plan and will use it for His glory (and to help others).


Plans for the Week

I decided to put my plans all in one place instead of in separate posts.  So in this post you will see my meal plan and my school plan.  Both will be pretty relaxed! Meal Plan Breakfasts Fried eggs, fruit, … Continue reading

Simplifying All the Things

This is a super long post.  I have been struggling to get things out of my head and into a post for a while.  And this is so helpful for me! I’ll spare the details because I just don’t feel … Continue reading

Frugal Homeschooling + General Plan for the Rest of the Semester

Robert and I have looked at finances for the next few months.  We are taking a backpacking trip next weekend, then we are going to Colorado in October to spend time with my in-laws.  The main costs are gas and … Continue reading

Mental Illness and Addiction Don’t Discriminate

This week has been somewhat emotionally draining.  I have remembered where I’ve been and how far I’ve come.  I’ve remembered how hard life can be and how devastating mental illness is. Four days ago I wrote a post about having … Continue reading

Immense Joy

The definition of happiness is the quality or state of being happy… good fortune and pleasure. The definition of joy is the emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying; keen pleasure; elation; something greatly … Continue reading

Our Homeschool Week, Not a Normal Week

We have been super busy and we have two more busy weeks ahead (this week and next week).  I have decided to have them do independent work today and just do school tomorrow through Friday and Monday through Wednesday of … Continue reading

A Glimpse of Our Homeschool Day

Most of the time people aren’t super interested in what I do each day and I typically share anyway (because I enjoy it).  But this time I actually have a “real” reason to share.  Others are interested in how a … Continue reading

Two Week Meal Plan, August 25th through September 8th

School starts Monday and so does our meal plan! Actually I’m starting that tomorrow (Sunday). I planned on my phone this time around because it was just easier. So I’m just copying and pasting here! Dinners: Sunday, 25th- Braised lamb, … Continue reading