Book: Just Breathe

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  • Are you considering homeschooling and feeling overwhelmed?
  • Are you already homeschooling but feeling frustrated?  

Then Just breathe… Take a deep breath.  Exhale. Sip a cup of coffee.  It is going to be alright.  Trust me, friend. We have all been where you are right now.  As a matter of fact, some of us have been there on multiple occasions and in multiple seasons.  I have been there so many times, I stopped counting.  It is the nature of the beast.  The gift of motherhood is a blessing, but those little miniature versions of you can also be a challenge.  If you have also been called to homeschool, then your blessings and challenges have just been kicked up a notch!

Sometimes we need someone who has “been there, done that” to come alongside us and give us permission to stop the crazy train to rest, refresh, and refocus. Sometimes, we need someone to come alongside us and remind us to just breathe.

Learn how to do just that in our new book, Just Breathe (and Take a Sip of Coffee).  Learn how to homeschool in step with God by resting in the Lord and simplifying your homeschooling.

Rest in the Lord & Simplify your Homeschool

Learn how to regain your sanity, reclaim your schedule, and reignite your love for homeschooling through two straightforward and manageable principles:  (1) The Sabbath Principle and (2) The Simplification Principle. 

long cover imageIn Part One, learn how to incorporate a Sabbath rest into your day, your week, your schedule, your lessons, and your year.  “There remains, then, a Sabbath rest for the people of God. For whoever enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from His. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest” (Hebrews 4:9-11).  We must enter that rest; it is a choice.  It is when we truly trust in the Lord that we can rest in His promises.  And it is when we truly rest that we can begin to simplify.

In Part Two, tried and true ideas are given on how to simplify your life, your home, your homeschooling, and your calendar. Simple tips are shared on how to:

  • create a family mission statement to help you fulfill your purpose as a homeschooling mom
  • teach different subjects to multiple grade levels to maximize your time
  • organize your day to get the most out of it
  • unplug from the internet and plug into community to create lasting friendships
  • do less in order to learn more
  • provide a true education outside of schoolwork to create a love of learning
  • have fun and enjoy your time with family in order to create lasting memories, and
  • appreciate and live out your ministry of motherhood and your calling to homeschool.

The book, Just Breathe (and Take a Sip of Coffee), will help you transform your thinking and your homeschooling one step at a time, one day at a time, and one cup of coffee at a time.

Just Breathe paperback and digital version can be purchased on or ordered from any major bookstore.


Here’s what others are saying about the book:

 “Wow, Wow, Wow!  You don’t want to miss this book!” ☙  Desiree L.

“Just Breathe is not a ‘how-to’ book.  It is a ‘you can’ book!  Definitely for the family who is pondering homeschooling but an essential for families who need an extra boost to keep going.    Georgina T.

“Just read the introduction and I feel a sense of peace……thank you for your words of encouragement to ‘Just Breathe.’ ”  ☙  Jessica P.

“I’m half way through the book and loving each chapter. Ah, I feel ready for the new school year and it hasn’t even started. I love how the book is set up with rest in mind first. I would have been gasping for air during the first week of school had I not read this.  Can’t wait to finish.” ☙  Monique K.

“ A MUST read before you start your new homeschool school year!  Full of great biblical advice and homeschooling tips!” ☙  Jenny L.

“ I wish I had this book when I was homeschooling my high school son! What a blessing!    Temi Y.

“This is the fastest I’ve devoured a book! Not just because it’s an easy read, but because I honestly could not put it down. I laughed, smiled, pondered, self-evaluated and cried as I read JUST BREATHE, by Carrie De Francisco. This book resonated deeply with me. Carrie has a beautiful way with words; They’re open, honest, and simple but so profound! I was extremely encouraged by her humble wisdom. Even after just completing our 13th year of homeschooling, I gleaned so much from her! So whether you are new to homeschooling or a homeschool veteran, I recommend you grab a cup of coffee (or tea) and just breathe as you read this refreshing, encouraging, and inspirational book. Thank you, Carrie!”    Josie R.

“I finished reading this book yesterday!  I feel like it explains my homeschool journey in so many ways.  Like I said before, I wish I would have read this book years ago.  The section on Simplifing hit home for me.  It is something I have longed for and I am working towards always!  This book really is a guidebook for the homeschooling families.” ☙  Andrea A.

“If you or someone you care about is even thinking of homeschooling, this is the book for you!  My dear friend, Carrie has done a brilliant job of giving simple tips to get started.  Even if you are a seasoned homeschooling mom, her ideas give you a boost fo energy to begin this new school year.”    Michelle E.

*“5 out of 5 stars!  Finding our homeschooling JOY again!  This book brings a breath of fresh air to this mama’s heart. Homeschooling is daunting but this book helped me put my priorities back into place and find JOY in the process. “Just Breathe” is a must read for all mamas and families on this journey. ”   Jessica P

“LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book!! It really helped me to refocus before the year even starts. ❤️❤️    Lisa G.

“I’ve been reading Carrie’s new book and IT IS SO GOOD!  I love her heart and her practical advice on how to navigate the homeschool journey!  You’re going to love it!”      Claire S.

My dear friend Carrie has put her amazing wisdom and guidance into a book. Whether you are a veteran homeschooler or a newbie this is the book for you. I was both convicted and encouraged. With my priorities back in order I’m ready to face the coming year with my cup of coffee  ☙Anita F.

Do yourself a favor and pick up this book from my dear friend, Carrie De Francisco, who has decades of educational experience. I’ve had the honor of getting my hands on an early copy. She will give you so many creative ideas and unique approaches that will absolutely relieve the burden of this upcoming year. And you’ll learn to it face it with a sense of peace and calm as you read her words of wisdom and experience.    Marsha P.

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