Greetings! I’m Amanda Venema, daughter to the King of Kings, wife to a talented Microsoft techy guy, Roman Catholic homeschooling momma to three miracle kiddos, whole foods, natural remedy momma who loves all things crunchy, simple, and beautiful.
I have a knack for overthinking just about everything.
I struggle terribly with patience.
I can cook a meal to accommodate nothing short of 47 allergies and still have it taste pretty darn good. One of our children has an auto-immune disease. My daughter struggles with a very managed case of Tourette’s, thanks to diet and nutrition supplements. My husband and I have walked the painful road of infertility, secondary infertility, and miscarriages. A whole foods lifestyle is not only important to our family; it is a necessity. And, yes, it does include chocolate of the gluten, dairy, and refined sugar free variety.
I have a degree in Elementary Education and English. I’ve taught in private and public schools here and overseas. I’ve homeschooled all of our kids since day one, something I swore I would never do. God has a sense of humor, this I am sure.
After spending the first four years of our homeschooling journey “schooling at home,” I found myself terribly dissatisfied with homeschooling. My husband and I prayed, researched, sought spiritual direction and as much as I wanted to throw in the towel and send the kids to a private Catholic school, the Lord continued to strongly place it on our hearts to homeschool. When I finally submitted my will, I begged the Lord to show me how it was supposed to be done.
The next day, I stumbled upon the Scholé Sisters. Their posts about classical education were healing balm to my weary soul. I had no idea what classical education was, what it looked like in a homeschool, what it would mean for us or, most importantly, how it would completely transform our family culture.
But I knew this was the answer to my prayer.
Today, I relish the opportunities to learn from the Scholé Sisters, Dr. Christopher Perrin, Andrew Kern, Andrew Pudewa, and Jennifer Dow, soaking up their wisdom, chewing it over, and prayerfully discerning the implications for our homeschooling and family culture.
In the end, I am a newbie Classical homeschooler, heavily influenced by Charlotte Mason. I still have so much to learn. So, so, so much to learn. And, I’m excited about that reality.
I began blogging in 2011 with the hope of recording the simple, daily life that God has blessed me with. I’ve been nothing short of hit or miss with doing that.
I’m relaunching His New Day in 2016. The archives from my former blog are still here. My thoughts on much of the content have evolved, as they reflect a growth and change in me and a response from God to continue to work to become the wife and mother I know He wants me to be.
So what’s with the name?
Homeschooling my kiddos, cooking real food, laughing and chatting endlessly with my husband, praying and growing in the faith–these are my opportunities to be sanctified. I fail often to utilize them as I know God wants me to. And in these times, I can throw up my hands, shovel in a few handfuls of chocolate chips and declare, “It’s too hard,” or I can run to my Heavenly Father, repent, and seek the grace to begin anew. And so I do.
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness