Teaching from Rest

smallthings-3As you might be able to imagine after reading yesterday’s post, homeschooling has been a struggle this year.  We began the year with me very pregnant, spending most of my time sitting, and of course then I had a baby.  Under the best of circumstances, a homeschool year that welcomes a new baby isn’t going to be as “productive” in the traditional sense as other years might be.  When you add depression to the mix, it’s easy for homeschooling to become a source of serious anxiety, and that is precisely what my year has been like.

When my friend, Sarah, sent me a copy of her new ebook, Teaching from Rest, I immediately uploaded it to my Kindle and then devoured it in a matter of days.  This, this was exactly what I needed.  Sarah also sent me a copy of her companion journal and an audio companion containing four podcasts that aim to encourage the weary homeschooling mama.  So far I’ve been able to listen to two of the podcasts and can’t wait to listen to the others.  With Sarah’s encouragement, I feel like I am starting to stand on more steady legs as we move toward another year, and I prepare to add one more “official” student (Beatrix!) to our little homeschool.

Sarah is here today (along with her beautiful photos!), offering a bit about herself and her book, along with a gift for one of you:


Well hi! I’m so grateful to Ginny for sharing her space with me today. I’m Sarah, a homeschooling mama to six and pretty much a lot like you. I’m here today to tell you about my new eBook and Companion, Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakable Peace. 


I did not see this book coming. The message within it came first as a blog series, and even then the words were given to me through my incessant pleading. I write as a mother of six, three of my children under two- the smallest of them identical twin boys. It seems almost paradoxical that right now- when I am more sleep deprived than I’ve ever been- I have written a whole book about rest.


I don’t mean rest as in “sleep,” not really. See, my days very likely look a lot like yours. I homeschool my kids, wash dishes and pile laundry, trip over toys, obsess over curriculum, think too much about which book we should read next, about whether I am doing enough or doing any of it well enough. I worry. I falter. I cave in to my fears and fret about what the neighbors think. I refuse to let God have His way with my kids, our family, and our homeschool, and I cling ever tightly to my illusions of control.

But we are not the kind of teachers we have been called to be when we worry and fret and compare. This work of homeschooling and raising hearts and souls and bodies is hard. It is more than we can do in our own strength


Teaching from Rest is about trusting in the God who so desperately wants to carry us and our children through our homeschooling journey. It’s about shucking our habit of plowing through the checklist and pushing through the lessons so that we can live the beautiful days we know deep down we are meant to live.

The eBook is available as a PDF or for Kindle. The Companion contains a printable journal as well as four hours of audio- conversations I’ve had about teaching from a state of rest with some of my favorite educator mentors.

Our hearts are restless, but He offers unshakable peace. I’d love to hook arms with you for the journey.

Sarah is offering one Small Things reader a copy of her ebook, Teaching from Rest along with the companion journal and audio companion.  For your chance to win, leave a comment on this post.  A winner will be randomly selected on Saturday, May 31st.  The winner will be notified via email, and announced within this post.
The winner is Bree, who commented, “This looks absolutely wonderful, something I would truly love to read…”


This post contains affiliate links.  This means that if you purchase Sarah’s ebook, journal, or audio companion, I will receive a percentage for which I very much appreciate.  

{When you’re feeling burned out} Restore

Admitting that you are burned out can be hard, but many of us face it, some of us on a yearly basis (or more). For me, burn out usually happens late February or early March (hey, that’s right now!) and then revisits in the late fall.  So what do you do with that?  I typically just put one foot in front of the other and keep moving forward as best I can, although I often find myself crying in the bathroom until it passes.  My friend Elizabeth Foss has battled burnout as well, and she has created a workshop to help those of us who are suffering, recover joy. I know it’s going to be good, because I’ve spent many an hour in discussion with Elizabeth.  As my friend, she has held my hand through some of my hardest times.  She’s one of those friends who always seems to know the right thing to say.  Her words have turned my panic into peace on more than one occasion.  It’s no small gift that Elizabeth has poured herself and her wisdom, the kind that has grown through life experience, into this workshop.


“The Restore Workshop is a six week online course geared towards adult women who have struggled or are struggling with or want to avoid burnout. It is for any woman who wants to nurture joy within her life and the lives of those around her.”

The workshop begins on March 16th and runs through April 26th. You can find more information on the Restore website.  Elizabeth answers questions here.  You can register here.  If you look closely at the image above, you’ll see my name listed under the Monday podcast portion.  Elizabeth and I will be discussing creativity and the use of this part of ourselves in battling burnout.  This is a topic she and I have discussed many times, but I’ll admit, I’m pretty nervous about recording our conversation.  I hope that by doing so, we’ll encourage others though, so I am going to give it my best.

Elizabeth is offering one Small Things reader a space in the workshop.  If you are interested in winning, just mention so in your comment.   Comments are closed and the winner is JennyAnn who commented,”What perfect timing this is.  Thank you for this!!”