Mango Language Learning
August 27, 2014, Edition 

An Ordinary Homeschool              

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Gena Suarez

Hey Mama,


Your homeschool and mine may be ordinary or average, but as Deborah Wuehler, our senior editor says, "We may be merely ordinary people, but we have an extraordinary God. He can take your ordinary child and make him or her an extraordinary child, student, citizen, and servant of the Most High." Read more about The Ordinary Homeschooler in her article here.

I love pointing other Mamas to the Lord and encouraging you because it is you carrying the next generation. You are in the trenches, day after day, serving your family and ultimately serving the Lord, and I know it is TIRING and can get monotonous but also dark at times. I have gone through some dark times. And when my heart and spirit are low, I can only think of One to run to, the One who holds the keys to my salvation. The One who loves my heart and holds my head in His hands. The One who will never leave or forsake me.

Mama, you are doing the same things today that you did yesterday and the day before. Tirelessly you serve, and you do it sometimes (always?) without any fanfare or praise. But Mama, your Father notices it all. And believe it or not, as you faithfully walk this road, your day is coming. Proverbs 31 says that your children will rise up and call you blessed. They are watching you and while you are not perfect--nor do you claim to be--God is working on their hearts too. Those kids see your loving hands (hands that will never leave them), and this will culminate in FRUIT they cannot deny later. Right now they are little monkeys who are so clueless about what is around them. But that's okay. Ultimately it is the Lord who will show them, anyway. You are called to just walk with them, speak the truth plainly, LOVE THEM, and teach them to read God's word so they have those seeds planted for later. God waters it.

And God waters you, too, Mama. Even now He is working good in you and as you serve your family, He will continue to show you more about Him. Endure, Mama. Continue on. This life is actually going somewhere. JOY is coming.


~ gena

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Ordinary. I love that word. It feels unpretentious, humble, and earthy. It's a great descriptive word for every homeschool family ... because we're all ordinary or the same.


We all have high expectations, often accompanied by feelings of failure. We say things we wish we hadn't and fail to say the things we know we should to the people we love the most.


We get overwhelmed by the messes, the stinky attitudes, the perceived expectations of others, the loneliness, and the job of keeping it all together. We worry about our children's futures and if we will have done enough to prepare them.


But amidst all the ordinary, something extraordinary happens in all of our homeschools: relationship. We get to be with our children even when we'd rather be doing something else. Our children get to see us at our best and at our worst. They get firsthand experience at home about how a family should function and what it should look like. They feel the safety of being home and the joy of not being labeled.


Every day we get to be together. The limited hours of our life will be spent together ... learning, laughing, crying, and being ordinary.


That's an extraordinary life! You are so blessed.


Be real,



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