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Lessons Learned From a Bowl of Oatmeal

Posted by Michelle Osborn on

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A couple of mornings ago, my oldest daughter brought to my desk this beautiful and yummy bowl of oatmeal.  As I sat savoring the mouth-watering mixture of flavors, I thought back to all the breakfast I made for her and her brother and sisters. A flood of memories came back to me of being surrounded by four little ones.... always... 24/7! This was a "harvest" that I was receiving! 

The beautiful results of mothering do not come as quickly as we hope. The reality is that we will never see all the results to want to, but there will be wonderfully sweet, yummy, breathtaking, proud moments that you will experience. Don't' lose heart!

 "Do not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time you will reap a harvest because you did not give up." (Gal 6:9) the way, there were more times than I care to admit that I felt like giving up.

Motherhood is a HARD and wonderful thing. It is waking up morning after morning and loving your kids even when you wonder if you are doing any good, if anyone will ever notice.


I believe that we have the most important job in the world. Who else has privilege, given by God Himself, the awesome experience of raising, nurturing, teaching, disciplining, molding, praying for, loving, cuddling, and kissing your children each and EVERY day?

Homeschooling has given me the incredible blessing of being with my children every day, all day, and the tremendous responsibility of teaching my children. But they are teaching me too! I am continually learning so many new things about life, what's important, taking time to enjoy the little things, loving unconditionally, and a bigger glimpse into how much the Lord loves me, His child. I couldn't imagine it any other way.

YOU are shaping children who will become adults and shape the future.

Your love and hard work will go on. You are creating a legacy.

YOU are important!

They grow up so very fast! Savor the moments!

(the following added 4/26/20)

All four of my children are now grown. Three married and two with two children each. 27 years of mothering! They were the hardest best years I can remember. Teething to teen rebellion. What an adventure. 

I know often sit in a quiet home and miss those loud crazy, difficult, incredibly blessed years. Mama, please cherish every moment because they will be gone in a blink of an eye!

Do not give up in doing good because you will reap a harvest!

Keep up the good work mama! You will see many results along the way, just be patient! Keep your eyes open to see those results, even in the little things, like a beautiful, yummy bowl of oatmeal!

What little or big "harvests" have you received along your mom journey?   

Mother's Day is coming up and it is a day to celebrate you. 

A day for making moms feel extra special and appreciated. We all may be celebrating Mother's Day a little differently this year, but that doesn't mean the day, or the mom, is any less special! 

Hopefully, your family will get creative, and perhaps start some in traditions, to make your Mother's Day special and memorable. I’ve gotten together with 24 amazing bloggers with the hope of blessing FIVE moms this Mother’s Day (although we wish we could bless many more) with a little extra gift.

We are giving away 5 $100 gift cards to the place of your choice, from the following options:
  • Hobby Lobby
  • Restaurant of choice
  • Grocery store of choice
  • Lehman’s

It’s our hope that you are blessed beyond measure during this Mother’s Day unlike any other.  May this be a time of new experiences, new traditions, and new peace.  

To enter for your chance to win, simply use the Rafflecopter form below to enter. Now I know that is quite a few entries, but each of these bloggers generously chipped in their own money to bring you this giveaway, so I hope you will take the time to do all of the entries; it will bless them in return. And hey, the more entries you do, the better your odds are at winning!

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Giveaway end May 8th at 11:59 pm EDT.  The winner will have 48 hours to respond to email to claim the prize. By entering this giveaway you will be added to the email lists of the participating bloggers. Please be sure to read the Terms & Conditions upon entering the giveaway.

Want another opportunity to win?!  There is a second giveaway with the same exact prizes (just different bloggers) that you can enter as well! 

Enjoying the journey,


 Hi! I'm Michelle, the owner and founder of Yellow House Book Rental, specializing in providing homeschool curriculum for rent or purchase, as well as counseling and guidance for homeschool families. I'm a wife of 29 years, a 22-year homeschool veteran, and mom of four amazing children ranging from 18-26. We are just about to empty the nest. Oh, how time flew! My husband and I are excited to see how the Lord will use us in this new phase of life. I'd love to be friends! Send me an email, or connect with me on social media and tell me about yourself.

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  • I know that these little years will be gone before I realize what happened, but I always appreciate the encouragement to stop and savor it because I often find myself wishing away my hours and days. Thanks for the reminder to stay faithful and joyful in the sowing so that we may one day too reap the harvest!

    Ashley on
  • Amanda,
    It always amazes me that God can use me and my difficult circumstances to bless other. Teenagers are challenging. They can be your best friend one minute and then turn to someone you don’t even recognize the next. God continues to teach me through my very strong willed child. Sadly, aren’t we like that with Him as well? Don’t give up in doing good. You WILL reap a harvest when you do not give up.

    Michelle Osborn on
  • I just wanted to say thank you for this article. I am a relatively new homeschooler. And I am being really challenged right now with my 13 year old. This article really encouraged me today. Thanks! God bless!

    Amanda on

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