What are everyday graces?
Fresh flowers on the dining room table.
Deer sightings in the back yard.
Tiny acts of kindness between siblings.
The food that dirties all those dishes.
The active children that muss the mountains of laundry.
Empathy from strangers in the grocery store when your toddler is having an epic fit.
Kroger putting in a Starbucks. Seriously.
Why Everyday Graces Matter
Homeschooling doesn’t look like I thought it would.
The idealistic daydreams I had when homeschooling first entered our thoughts were a calm, serene, modern day version of Little House.
Then you are also familiar with the chaos of spilled tea, days gone awry, and lesson plans that don’t get checked?
Whew. It’s nice to know we are in good company!
You see, I thought I was the only one for a long time.
The only mom who thought she “should” be doing more, planning more, playing more, cleaning more. And I was drowning in self-doubt and desperation.
One day, when I was completely empty and knew I simply could not do one. more. thing. I found this.
The shift from the “shoulds” to loving the simple, daily rhythm of a life-giving home was one that took much intention and time to cultivate, like anything worth growing, but was the turning point for our home, our homeschool, and my motherhood journey.
Dear friend, you, too can find the joy in the everyday!
Seeing grace that abounds all around us in the simple moments, the daily tasks, the apologies after sibling squabbles, the magical moment when a new concept clicks with a child — all these things are just waiting to be acknowledged so they can fill your mama heart. I share my own journey here to help you with yours.
Won’t you join us in celebrating the everyday graces of this wonderful homeschool life?
You are not on this journey alone. I am here to help you with the practical homeschooling and the imperative heart-schooling and to cheer you on each step of the way!
Everyday Graces: the blog
We post here 1-2 times a week. When everything goes as planned you’ll find:
- General Homeschool. Homeschool 101, units, reviews, products we use, things that didn’t work, and everything else that falls under the umbrella of cultivating a home filled with learning.
- How to Classically Charlotte Mason Homeschool. We blend many aspects of Charlotte Mason methodology (and create a host of CM-inspired resources) with classical education tenants. We share with you the ways it works for our family in hopes to encourage and equip you with new ideas for your own homeschool.
- Encouragement. New homeschool moms, working homeschool moms, special needs homeschool moms, tired homeschool moms, overwhelmed homeschool moms. Every homeschool mom has a place at the Everyday Graces table to share, to be lifted up, and to be cared for.
- Giftedness and Special Needs. Our family deals with several exceptionalities and giftedness so we share tips, tricks, encouragement, and sometimes commiseration with other 2E and gifted mamas.
About Lara Molettiere
Lara is the CEO, main writer, coffee guzzler, and homeschool mentor here at Everyday Graces. She loves grammar, but her southern roots are strong and you’ll find her using words like y’all, sunshine, and “bless their heart”. We thank you for your understanding.
Lara’s passion is to help homeschool mamas not grow weary in well-doing. The small, seemingly mundane tasks of the day to day living and learning are where the grace and beauty of this remarkable homeschooling life is found. She’s here to help you uncover and delight in the everyday graces in your own home and homeschool.
I’m so happy to meet you. Please grab a cuppa your favorite and sit a spell.
I’m an encourager at heart and the mama to two precious and precocious boys. As a working homeschool mom, I have a talent for organizing and finding out-of-the-box solutions to homeschool and homemaking challenges and for breaking down goals and tasks into manageable and doable steps.
If you’re looking for resources to help your homeschool thrive, visit our shop full of homeschool goodness to find just what you’re looking for. New to homeschooling or looking to refresh your more seasoned view? We have a fantastic Homeschool 101 series just for you!
Meet the Everyday Graces Team
Penny Rogers – Social Community Coordinator
Penny is a Jesus loving, homeschooling mama who blogs at Our Crazy Adventures In Autismland. She also manages the Everyday Graces Homeschool communities and social media channels. We would be lost without her!
Natalie Fullmer – Contributing Writer
Natalie is married with two children. After leaving her IT career in the healthcare industry, she decided to stay home full-time and homeschool both children. She runs two blogs, works part-time as a Virtual Assistant and teaches English to Chinese children. She also loves writing for Homeschooling with Heart and is a member of the Homeschool Review Crew. She loves sharing her minimalist approach with other homeschool moms on her blog at http://contentwithsimple.com.
Everyday Graces As Seen In
Past speaking engagements
Published in Print
AFHE Spring 2018 – How to Teach Geography When Your Kids Don’t Like It
The Big Book of Homeschooling Ideas Volume 2 – contributing author
Teach Them Diligently – Proverbs for Preschoolers series