Did you know that joy is a choice? Did you know that it is totally up to you to determine the amount of joy in your life? President Nelson once said, “The joy we feel has little to do with the circumstances of our lives and everything do to with the focus of our lives.” We are on this earth to learn to use our powers of agency. We get to choose where our focus and attention lie. As homeschoolers we’ve made some very intentional decisions about where we want to focus our efforts, but we often get bogged down in the mundane work of day-to-day living and learning so that we forget that the place we are at in any given moment is really the place we WANT to be.
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Jessica Croker is the mother of six children and has been homeschooling for at least twenty years. She is a registered yoga teacher, has a BFA in Fine Art from Utah State University, and is currently working on a master’s degree in art therapy and counseling through Saint Mary of the Woods College. Throughout her homeschooling career she’s operated from the belief that creativity is an essential part of our divine nature and a key way in which we experiment with and use our agency in this world. She has created a home full of art supplies and piles of kid-made projects, taught many homeschool co-op classes, and has graduated a few kids who are off to college. The Croker family lives in the woods with two cats, a gecko, and chickens in Manassas, VA.