In times of difficult circumstances, choices have to be made that are not always easy. I had to make one of those decisions this week and step down from the TOS Homeschool Crew.
Our homeschool has faced many disruptions in the past few weeks. There have been multiple doctor's appointments. I have had to adjust to a slower pace and allow myself time to take meds and rest. It has been a season of learning to let go and to do according to my ability and not according to my hopes, dreams, and good intentions.
With that said, I have had to face the fact that the Crew assignments have become too taxing. I have been assigned five to seven vendors per month, with some vendors sending me multiple products. That averages out to more than one review assignment per week, a pace that my aching body will not allow me to keep any longer.
For you, my readers, this will mean fewer product reviews to read, perhaps even none. I have seven reviews in process that I will complete, but after that I am doubtful that I will accept any offers to do product reviews until this season of pain passes. I am saddened that I can no longer serve the homeschool community in this capacity. I know from your comments how many of you read and appreciate my reviews. I have appreciated all of your good feedback, too.
I hope you will also enjoy a review-free Olive Plants and will continue to visit me. This change should free me up to write more about our lives as homeschoolers, my original intent for this blog.
Let me end by providing a list of my 10 favorite items received while on the TOS Homeschool Crew, a rite of passage for retiring Crew members.
- Nature Friend Magazine
- Quarter Mile Math
- GrapeVine Studies
- Bright Ideas Press
- Zeezok Publishing
- Math Score
- A Journey Through Learning
- Artistic Pursuits (in process, but loving it)
- All About Spelling and the Beehive Reader (in process)
Thank you to the TOS Homeschool Crew for allowing me to be a part of this year's voyage. I have enjoyed the journey. I am sorry to have to row back to shore prematurely and appreciate everyone's understanding.