When Children Speak Encouragement

I homeschool. Lots of people have lots of different opinions about it. Some think it’s abnormal, others believe it’s the best thing ever. Lately I have been struggling. I’ve felt stressed, overwhelmed, and ready to consider other options.

I’ve considered asking other homeschool moms how do you stay motivated when you want to give up? How do know for sure you are making the right choices? How do you maintain a balance and save your sanity? How do you stop beating yourself up everyday and wondering if you are doing enough?

This morning in our devotions B read these words, “God is always doing things that look like they can’t be done. It looked like God’s people would die in the desert. But God sent water from a rock. It looked like Gideon’s army was too small to win. But God scared the enemy away. It looked like Peter would be killed in jail. But God opened the jail doors and led him out. So when problems don’t look like they’ll work out, look for God. He does things that look like they can’t be done”. It was a really good word and reminder. That word turned into being something that completely blew me away when B & S looked at me and said, “Mommy you have to start believing God about homeschool or he’s going to get mad. You were created for this. Even if you think it’s hard, He said you can do this”. What?!?

I don’t know what the future holds or when this season will end, but I do know right now He says I can do this. Many of us have something or many things we doubt we can do, but I’m going to “look for God”. God help me to hold onto that assurance. God used my children to encourage me this morning and I hope someone else can be encouraged too.

Weekend Love Equals Oat Rye Waffles

Saturday mornings at the Hill House mean a really good breakfast.  Sometimes my oldest two start making their weekend breakfast requests days in advance.  This morning my son asked for pancakes, but I decided to make waffles instead.  Waffles are usually reserved for when their dad cooks breakfast, so they were really excited when I said I would make them.

My son has allergy issues and only allowed wheat and rice one day a week.  We celebrated Three Kings Day with a wheat King’s Cake a few days ago so this morning’s breakfast had to meet the criteria of not having those ingredients. That’s where my Oat Rye Recipe comes in.  I use this recipe for pancakes and waffles.  It makes a hearty healthy breakfast.  The texture and taste resemble whole wheat pancakes and the kids gobble them up.  This morning was no different.


  • 1/2 cup oat flour
  • 1/2 cup rye flour
  • 1 cup quick cooking oats
  • 2 Tbsp ground flax meal
  • 1 1/2 tsp xanthum gum
  • 5 tsp baking powder
  • 4 Tbsp sugar
  • 6 Tbsp canola oil or melted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt or sour cream

Pumpkin Variation:  Add 1/2 tsp each of nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger.  Instead of greek yogurt or sour cream use 1/2 cup of pumpkin puree.

Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl.  Add wet ingredients and mix until well combined.  Cook on a hot oiled griddle or on a waffle iron.  Enjoy!!

We top our pancakes or waffles with berries or simply butter and maple syrup. My favorite as a Louisiana girl is pure cane syrup. We made the version with sour cream and butter and they are all gone! I thought we’d have enough for leftovers, but no such luck today.

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