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About Karen DeBeus
Karen DeBeus is the author of Simply Homeschool: Having Less Clutter and More Joy in Your Homeschool and Called Home:Finding Joy in Letting God Lead Your Homeschool.
She is a homeschooling mom of four children, learning to live more simply so that her family has less things and more Jesus. She is passionate about encouraging other homeschooling families and is available for speaking engagements. She is found blogging at www.Simply Living...for Him.
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Karen DeBeus is sharing from her fifteen years of experience as a homeschooling mom. She will help you stay focused on the true goals for your family. Homeschooling is about so much more than just academics. You are building a family, and not just a transcript. It isn’t about a piece of paper that defines your children, but the foundation upon which they stand, that defines them.
Join Karen as she takes you on the journey from just starting out in kindergarten, all the way until dropping her first born at college. It was a spiritual journey, a faith-building journey, and a family-building journey. And in the end, keeping it simple and focusing on God and family, were the most beautiful parts of all. Wherever you are in your homeschooling journey, you will be encouraged to build your family on the Lord’s foundation.
Although the homeschooling journey is difficult at times, if God has put you on this path and called you here, He will lead you through each day. We simply need to stop chasing things and start chasing Him.
This book will encourage you to keep your focus on the One who has called you here. Through my personal story and experience, you will see what happens when we take our eyes off of Him, and how each day can look when we regain our focus, fix our eyes on Him and on the true goals of homeschooling...
"Maybe you are just starting out, or maybe you have been doing this awhile. Either way, there is most likely some amount of fear. Fear of the major responsibility that homeschooling is, or fear that you aren’t doing it “right.” Perhaps you are tired. Burnt out. Running on empty. Maybe you are up to your eyeballs in curriculum catalogs, reviews, planners, highlighters, label makers, and resources. Meanwhile the laundry calls, the dishes pile up, and the kids are tired. You are tired. You are trying to decide how on earth you are going to do it all. Or maybe you just are ready to throw in the towel altogether. Well, take a deep breath. Relax. The One who created the universe in a breath, the One who called you to this journey, is in control. Yes, He is in control of your homeschool. Is anything too hard for Him?" ~Karen DeBeus, Called Home
**This book has been updated, revised, and EXPANDED to include a journal section at the end which is great for group settings. I have also included updates in areas that I wrote in the original text.
There are the desires that creep in and take my focus off of my true purpose in homeschooling. You know what I mean— when the focus becomes all about finding the best curriculum or filling up the schedule with the most extracurricular activities? Or how about decorating the perfect homeschool room? Or the hours spent online searching what others are doing, while neglecting your own time with the Lord? These are all things that have become an issue with me, and I am sure with others, especially as social media grows.
I have often thought about those early homeschoolers who had no Internet or fancy curriculum but truly sought the Lord in their decision to homeschool. I admire them so much! They weren’t busy showing off their schoolrooms or their kids on Instagram; they were deep in the nitty-gritty of daily homeschool life when homeschooling wasn’t even mainstream. They weren’t spending hours on Pinterest, but probably hours in the Word.
This book will challenge us to get back to the basics and fully rely on God. Pinterest and Instagram and all the other media out there are certainly not bad in and of themselves, but we do need to be aware of our hearts when using them. We must not let those things rule our standards. Only God should rule us.
Will you join me as we get back to the basics? Will you join me as we endeavor to be real with each other because we need each other? Will you join me as we focus on what God wants for our homeschools and not what the world says is success?
Will you join me as we pursue Real Homeschool? Not a picture-perfect homeschool, but a real homeschool –where the rubber meets the road and it sometimes gets messy –and we work together through those messes…
And then it gets beautiful…oh, so beautiful…because God is right there with us. He is working through our families on this real homeschooling journey.
God has called us to this beautiful journey…and the perfect picture is the one where He is leading every step, guiding us, and our eyes are fixed solely on Him.