Category Archives: Schooling

I don’t know about you, but this month is just hard.  It’s the middle of winter, there’s not a lot of sunshine here in the midwest, and schooling has kind of tired us all out.  You know what I mean?  We need some refreshment.  Something that switches our focus from our struggles, our everyday tasks, […]

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You may or may not have noticed that I have been kind of quiet on my blog the past few months.  I’m sorry for that.  Gonna try and remedy that in the near future here.  But I want to explain: In an effort to simplify my hectic life, I am unifying my on-line presence.  Meaning, […]

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  • Meredith

    Great words. Encouraging for all…thanks for writing. Love you, friend! xoxoReplyCancel

    • heidijeitreim@yahoo.com

      Thanks for reading Mer! Glad you found it to be encouraging. Love ya back!ReplyCancel

  • Anne

    I love the website revamp and branding, Heidi! Lots of work, but it turned out great!

    We’re obviously not homeschooling, but I’ve found myself struggling with similar things over the past months. Thank you for being willing to share your walk through it all!ReplyCancel

    • heidijeitreim@yahoo.com

      Thank you for noticing the work that went into the website Anne! I turned into a bit of a nerd learning a little html ;) Thank you for reading! Yes, it doesn’t have to be homeschooling. We all struggle with things, don’t we?!ReplyCancel

  • Erin G

    Love you, Heidi! I so appreciate you sharing this as last night I sat in tears over the same issue. You know. The elephant on the chest, can’t hardly breathe, wondering if all the things God has called you to really are were you should be focusing what little energy you seem to have. And how do you actually articulate it without it sounding like whining and “woe is me?” Then it smacks you in the face: Though called by God, I’ve forgotten to look to Him in every detail, focusing on Him and spending just the little moments. I will definitely be participating in the “potty talk” moments as these are the only times to myself. Thank you for your honesty :)ReplyCancel

    • heidijeitreim@yahoo.com

      You know I hear ya Erin! I’m sorry you’re right there with me ;) Let’s work to keep one another accountable as we choose to fix our eyes on Jesus one moment at a time <3ReplyCancel

  • Ivory Franck

    I just wanted to say thank you so much for writing this–I needed to hear it. Home schooling-even just being a mommy –is hard!! Thanks for reminding me that I need to turn to The Great Teacher.ReplyCancel

    • heidijeitreim@yahoo.com

      Praise the Lord! You are very welcome Ivory. Thank you for reading. God Bless!ReplyCancel

  • Trista J

    Beautifully written, Heidi!!! And thank you for being so honest. I am struggling, too, and very much loved(and needed)the scriptural responses to the struggles you posted. Wish we lived closer!!!!ReplyCancel

    • heidijeitreim@yahoo.com

      Thank You Trista. I’m sorry you’re having a rough time too. Keep those verses handy ;) I also wish we lived closer. Actually, I think of that often, but I wonder if living apart helps us to, even more-so, depend on God. {hugs}ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Rodin

    Heidi, I truly wish we lived closer so I could be an encouragement to you! We share the Johnson genetic makeup that tells us we need to do things perfectly and be good in order for life to be right! I, too, have been learning to listen to the Holy Spirit who indwells me and not to the enemy whispering in my ear. Only Jesus is perfect. Only Jesus is good. And Jesus tells us to yoke up with him because his yoke is easy and his burden is light. I, also, believe God meets us in this moment…not yesterday…not tomorrow. Right now is all we have. Our pastor said something a few weeks ago that has remained in my head: when going through the tough, chaotic, not-so-fun things in life, consider that you are caught up in the fury of God’s love. God is conforming us to the image of Jesus…it is His work, not our work that counts. He loves us fiercely and perfectly. He is always for us; never against us. So, when those negative thoughts enter my mind, I know they are NOT from my Father! As for your kids – they will succeed or fail on their own. Our responsibility is to parent them (again, we will NOT do this perfectly), love them, point them to Jesus and teach them God’s ways. But, ultimately, our children make their own choices and I remind myself that God loves my daughter far more fully and perfectly that I ever can….so, I work on placing her in His capable hands and trusting He will lead her and teach her and keep her “caught in the fury of His live!” Hang in, Heidi, Jesus’ Spirit lives within you – think about that truth! It’s amazing! And, stop trying to be perfect and do things perfectly…only God knows what perfection is – our perfection is our definition from our own understanding….and, our understanding is flawed. Ask Grandma about Proverbs 3:5-6 – how it hit her a couple of months ago. She shared it with me and it has helped me many times to remember what she learned that day in thinking about that well known verse in our lives. I love you to pieces, Heidi! Hang in and hang on to the One Who knows you best and LOVES you completely! Aunt Sharon. ❤️ReplyCancel

    • heidijeitreim@yahoo.com

      Aunt Sharon, you ARE an encouragement to me! You don’t have to live close to be as such. Thank you for “sharpening” me. I love you too <3ReplyCancel

  • Heidi, this is my first time visiting your blog but you write so beautifully and from your heart. I see you’re struggling with that thing called life, finding time for yoursekf is of utmost importance so your little toilet breaks should be cherished! You’re doing a fabulous job with your kids, I can tell.
    In your comment on my Instagram I think you said you were lacking a little motivation… Well what about some new motivation? Why not continue with this theme of helping others through the very difficult world of home schooling and put together a mini eBook of your best tips for organising your day and also making time for yourself, that people can download? I’m sure it would help many!
    Just an idea 😘
    Janice XReplyCancel

We are loving the freedom of doing school at home, especially when it comes to physical education.  Coordinated sports are great, and I think very educational, and important in a child’s development.  We do team sports.  But let me just say, so is play time.  I’m talking about simple, un-organized, let-them-be-creative, childhood play time.  They […]

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