10 Awesome Resources to Prepare Your Kids for Back to School

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We might not want to go there yet, but back to school is lurking! When we prepare we'll, we can create excitement and help our families be successful. Here's 10 great ways to get your kids ready for the season ahead.

I can't believe summer is almost over.  I wish it could last a little longer because I always cherish the summer but unfortunately it does come to an end and whether we love it or hate it we have to get ready for back to school time.  Some of you will be getting your kids to go back to traditional school and some like me will be ready to start your homeschool year.  

No matter how you and your family do school there are so many great posts out there to help get you and your kids get ready for this special time in their lives. 

I have put together a list of 10 great posts around the web that will hopefully inspire and help your family get ready for back to school.

You can visit This Gals Journey to find out how to curb the back to school chaos!

Right here at The Better Mom, you can find an action plan for Back to School and a great post on appreciating the teachers in your lives.  You can also find a wonderful list for easy to make dinners for back to school time.

I love how Kara gives you a list of questions to help you decide where your kids should go to school.

On my blog, I have a list of 10 educational field trips you can take as a homeschooling family that is educational and fun!

This is an oldie but one of my favorites, Ann Voskamp talks about the best ways to organize a homeschool classroom!  

You will find tons of classroom hacks at Quirky Mama, you don't want to miss all these creative ideas!

Confessions of a Homeschooler has put together a fabulous list for back to school supplies, she has also put together a list of her favorite supplies for homeschooling moms!  I love her lists!

I hope this post gives you some great ideas for back to school.  I am praying that you and your children's year will be wonderful!

Blessings,

Angela, Together with Family

Angela Richter

Angela Richter is a wife to her best friend of 20 years and mother to three! She is the author of Together with Family where she writes about finding ways to connect with your family on a deeper level! She is passionate about intentional parenting and marriage and loves to share practical ways to make family life better! She loves anything regarding homeschooling, writing, reading great books and scrapbooking! She lives in the Northern part of the Bluegrass state and is a Kentucky girl through and through! You can find her on facebook, twitter, and pinterest!

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Trusting God in the Midst of Financial Crisis

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Are you carrying the burden of financial stress? It can can feel scary and isolating, but you are not alone! This question can help change your perspective and your heart.

Have you ever faced a financial crisis? Have you ever experienced a season, or perhaps several seasons where there was more month than there was money? Have you ever felt as if things were not going to turn around for you?

You are not alone.

My husband Michael and I have had several seasons of financial crisis in our 17 years of marriage. Although it may sound crazy, we are so thankful that we went through these hard times and that we had Jesus to lean on during each one.

Trusting God in the Midst of Financial Crisis

Financial hardship looks different for every family. From humble beginnings (which are an absolute blessing from the Lord) to failing economies to poor decisions, one things is certain: We serve a God who is with us through it all. 

During one of our most difficult seasons of financial hardship we felt so helpless that it was nearly unbearable. We were living in Germany and we got news that our tenants in our rental home in North Carolina were behind 3 months on their rent. In addition to their non-payment, they had also caused what was estimated to be over $10,000 worth of damage to our beautiful home. 

We were a mess.

We asked God many, many questions. How could this happen? Why did this happen? How can we prevent this in the future? What are we supposed to do while we are living in another country? How can we pay for this?

More importantly we asked: God what are you showing us through all of this?

God's answer to us can be found in Psalm 37:25 (NIV):

I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.

Then it hit us like a ton of bricks. While this circumstance was less than desirable, one thing remained the same: God had not forsaken us and our children were healthy, fed, and clothed. We had much to be grateful for. This is a lesson that has stuck with us and changed our entire perspective on financial crisis.

The end result from this particular financial hardship was that we decided to trust God and His Word. And you know what? He provided everything we needed and more to pay our mortgage and repair our home. While trusting God may not always be easy, I've learned that it is an absolute in my life. And even more so in the hard times.

Are you facing a season of financial difficulty? If so, I encourage you to Trust the Lord with everything you have and watch and see that He is good!

We created a Scripture journal on the very topic of trust. Writing out the Scriptures has always been a good way to build my faith and remind me of God's promises. You can see it

Praying for you!

Carlie Kercheval
learningtospeaklifebooks.com

Carlie Kercheval

Carlie Kercheval is a happily married work-at-home homeschooling mom of 3. Carlie is the founder of Today's Frugal Mom™ and Fulfilling Your Vows™. She is also the co-author of the best-selling Learning to Speak Life™ Family Bible Study Guide. When she is not busy enjoying her family and the great outdoors, you can typically find her cozied up somewhere under a blanket with a good book. You can connect with her on Instagram.

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