Homeschool Retirement: Mud, Dirt, and Fire

Homeschool Retirement Mud Dirt Fire

Mud, Dirt and Fire:  Three Basic Elements of Homeschool Retirement

Do you wonder what life will be like after homeschooling?  Here’s a glimpse into what I’ve been experiencing this past curriculum-purchase-less year.


Mud, as it applies to Homeschool Retirement, defined: Wiggling my own toes in the mud.

For two decades, I analyzed, planned, executed and recorded my children’s toes-in-mud activities. It’s my turn now. I get to kick off my mama shoes during the day, wiggling my toes in a mixture of life-cleansing waters of the Word and the plain old dirt of life.

Dirt in the Nicest Sense of the Word

Dirt defined: the stuff of daily life.  The stuff life is made of.

“And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.”  Genesis 2:7

I like dirt.  I grew up in California, home of the best dirt ever made.  I know dirt.  I’m made of dirt. I do like dirt.  Enough about dirt.


Fire defined: Heat of a hurt, burn of a brain, warmth of a heart.

In the evenings, or sometimes in the afternoons, I slip on my mama shoes and listen to stories, offering a bit of advice or insight, watching the flames of glowing fires in my young adult children’s adventures.

  • Sometimes, the fire glow is of the nuclear sort when something has gone wrong in their worlds, and I pull out the proverbial cool washcloth of love and understanding.  And prayer.  Prayer cools all fires.
  • Other times, the fire is a burning of my brain cells as they tell me what they are learning in school.  Those flames flicker from “They taught you what??” to “What’s that they taught you?  I’ve never heard of such a thing.”
  • But most times, the gleam is a fireplace warmth spreading from God’s heart through theirs to mine. 

Homeschool Retirement Lesson Application

Mud, Dirt and Fire

Working myself out of a homeschooling job doesn’t mean I’ve retired from motherhood.

In reality, homeschooling was just the prep work.

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