Carrie De Francisco, Just Breathe (& Take a Sip of Coffee)

Rest in the Lord and take a Sabbath Week off. 

What?  Take a whole week off of academics and formal lessons to rest, relax, and reset? 

Yes, you read that right!  Pour yourself a cup of coffee, put your feet up, and join me for a little coffee break this week.  In this week’s podcast, I share how to apply the Sabbath Principle to your yearly homeschool calendar.  In my new book, Just Breathe (& Take a Sip of Coffee):  Homeschool in Step with God,  I explain in Chapter 3 the importance of not only taking a Sabbath hour each day to recoup and reset and the importance of taking a Sabbath day each week to worship and to rest but to also schedule a Sabbath Week into your homeschool calendar.

Carrie De Francisco, Just Breathe (& Take a Sip of Coffee)

In this episode, practical advice and biblical principles are given which will help you truly rest in the Lord and to simplify your homeschooling.   Listen up this week because I will be hitting the pause button next week.  Since next week is our family’s Sabbath Week (& Break), I won’t be dropping a new podcast next week.  So join me this week and then check back at the end of October for the launch of Season 2 of Coffee With Carrie Podcast!

Carrie De Francisco, Just Breathe (& Take a Sip of Coffee)



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NEW PODCAST: Living Counter Culture in a World Filled with Dangerous Undercurrents

I get real this week!  In this week’s podcast, I unapologetically share the importance, the need, and the dangers of swimming against the current by going against the world’s dangerous ideologies and its godless educational agendas.  Christians and homeschooling moms need to stand firm on God’s Word and live in a counter-culture way in order to face and defeat society’s dangerous undercurrents. 

In this week’s podcast, I share a recent near death experience I had this past summer and how my son literally saved my life. I also share how this experience (and my son’s example) encouraged me to stand taller, fight harder, and proclaim God’s truth louder.   Pour yourself a cup of coffee. You are going to need it for this coffee break with me.  You don’t want to miss this story and how it can be applied to your walk with God and to your calling to homeschool.  


NEW PODCAST: High School Help

High School Help:  Expectations, College, Kingdom Work, and Beyond! 

  • What do you expect your teen to do while homeschooling high school?
  • What is your teen actually capable of and willing to do during his high school years?
  • What does your teen want to do post-high school graduation?
  • Is there a healthy balance between achieving academics and pursuing passions?
  • Is homeschooling through high school an advantage or a disadvantage?

In this week’s podcast, I honestly explore these questions and more.  If you are homeschooling a high schooler or your teen is on the cusp of high school, then take a little coffee break and join me this week for some encouragement, advice, hindsight, and some high school help. 



The Case Against Adolescence: Rediscovering the Adult in Every Teen by Robert Epstein

Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations by Alex and Brett Harris

Skip College: Launch Your Career without Debt, Distractions, or a Degree by Connor Boyack

The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas are Setting Up a Generation for Failure by Greg Lukianoff

Bread Crumbs & Fish Heads: It’s Enough

Ya’ll, it has been one of those weeks.  What about you?  

No matter how much I planned, how much I prepared, how patient I was, or how much I tried to just “go with the flow,” everything I touched went to mush.  I can’t seem to say the right things, explain things the right way, or do what was needed the right way.  
In Luke 9:13, Jesus commanded His disciples, “Give them something to eat.” It had been a long week!  Jesus had been healing people all around the town, expelling demons, calming storms, and teaching his followers.  He retreated to Bethsaida for some peace and quiet but the crowds found Him and they were hungry!  After the week they had, Jesus still gently instructed the disciples to give the crowd something to eat.  It is such a simple command but so hard to do when you are emotionally and physically spent.  

However, the Disciples’ response was, “Send them away, Lord. Let them get their own food.  But, Jesus, we only have 5 loaves and 2 fish.” 

In this week’s podcast, I honestly explore what to do when our response is:
“But Lord, I don’t even have 5 loaves and 2 fishes.  All I’ve got left in me are some bread crumbs and few fish heads”! And we will explore the Lord’s response to the disciplines and to us:  “Just bring me what you have and I will do the rest.”

  • What are you 5 loaves of bread and 2 fishes?
  • What are your bread crumbs and fish heads?
  • How can we use little to reap great rewards in God’s kingdom? 

Even if you don’t have much to offer right now, God wants us to bring whatever we have to Him. 

CLICK HERE for this week’s podcast, Bread Crumbs & Fish Heads:  It’s Enough!
It is amazing what our God can do with a some stale bread crumbs and a couple of fish head!

NEW PODCAST: Epic Failures

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EPIC FAILURE #1: Pushing formal reading lessons over extra read aloud time.  

Let me explain!  Being a former classroom teacher, I was convinced my daughter had to do formal reading lessons in Kindergarten and that she had to learn to read by 1st grade.  First, this is false.  Those are crazy and unnecessary standards and expectations.  If you are baffled by his recommendation, then read Better Late than Early by Dr. Raymond Moore sometime this year.  

My daughter really wanted to learn how to read. However, the process was a bit challenging at first. She loved being read to, and she loved “reading” to her stuffed animals and to her little brother, but the actual process of reading wasn’t clicking.  What did I do?  I started pushing.    

For years, she knew her letters and sounds, but she couldn’t blend them together.  Then when she entered first grade, the same thing was happening.  She loved our read aloud times and wanted desperately to read on her own, but the process of reading kept eluding her.  So what did I do again?   I pushed more, and I purchased an even more expensive and more complicated reading programs.  

Well, the story was the same in second grade.  She was reading now but not at the level the teacher in me thought was acceptable.  So I really began to push her. I added extra work and started looking for reading tutors.  However when third grade rolled around, reading started to click for her and by fourth grade, my daughter was reading at a high school level.

Why was this an EPIC FAIL?  Because she wasn’t ready for formal reading lessons.  Instead of spending so much time doing long and tedious reading lessons, I should have just spent more time reading aloud to her.  She loved stories, and she loved read aloud time. 

This was an EPIC FAIL because I wasted so much time pushing her to read. It was an EPIC FAIL because of the tears we shed. 

I should not have pushed.  I should not have worried.  Why?  Fast forward 15 years.  This same little girl is now an adult who is a prolific reader, who consumes 1,000 page books in a day, whose second home is the library, and whose kindle is just another appendage.  In spite of me, she never lost her love of books (thank God) and when she figured out the actual process of reading, there was no limit to what she could read, do, or learn.  Learn from my epic failure.  Don’t push reading (and math) especially when they are young.  

Friend, I have so, so, so many more epic failures to share!

You don’t want to miss this week’s episode! 

I share my top five Epic Homeschooling Failures and my worst mommy moments.  Instead of sharing with you advice on what to do this homeschooling school year, I thought I would share from the heart what NOT to do.  It is my prayer that by sharing my heart-felt confessions and by revealing some of my most embarrassing moments, you will not only be encouraged, but you will walk away knowing you are not alone and that even when we “fail,” God can use our epic failures for His purposes.  If anything, you will definitely walk away feeling like “Mom of the Year” after hearing my epic failures.  Join me for this little coffee break. I must admit I got a little choked up on Epic Failure #5, but I got through it.  I am hoping my  transparency will give you courage, confidence, and hope to keep on keeping on!  

CLICK HERE for NEW PODCAST:  Epic Failures (What NOT To Do This Year)!

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