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Day One: Alone Together with Author Elizabeth Byler Younts Week of Author Expertise in Trying Times

Updated: May 24, 2022

Alone Together


Guest Author—Elizabeth Byler Younts

Becoming Mrs. Lewis Virtual Book Tour Series

Dear Reader,

It is pub week for the EXPANDED edition of BECOMING MRS LEWIS and instead of being with you out there in the world, I am here with you in the world.  We will celebrate this week in very different ways.

You can join me on different VIRTUAL book tours and Monday, March 23rd (noon EST) is the first with our beloved MODERN MRS. DARCY. So join us if you can.

You can go here to see the other “events’ this week.

“How do we live our lives at home that we once lived out in the world?”

Today is DAY ONE of our author experts. I have gathered a cadre of author pals who are also experts in other fields.

I want to introduce you to Elizabeth Byler Younts. She homeschools her children (can we all take a moment of silent reverence for that alone?) and is a true expert in how to manage a family and a life while everyone is at home.

I will let her take it from here (see below).


Creating Happy Triggers

Not Trauma Triggers

What an unusual season we are walking into and while it can be disconcerting it is also forcing us to slow down in areas where true weariness has settled in. As I entered 2020 I filled in my calendar with the first 3 months of life, I found that with each subsequent month we were getting busier. March was to be the busiest of all out of the three and perhaps out of the entire year. I’m a homeschooling mom of 2 for 9 years, I am also an author with Harper Collins, I direct the 2nd through 6th grade at my classical homeschool co-op, and my husband travels A LOT. Did I mention that my oldest daughter is in musical theater with an early April show and my younger is in a Wizard of Oz ballet in May? Life is full and I am certain all of you can relate.

But, suddenly March doesn’t look anything like what we had “scheduled” it to look like. I don’t like it one bit, really…not this virus or the fear and concern it has caused so many. However, it is reminding me of what I love about simple parts of life and for that, I’m grateful. And now I get to share some of these ideas with you. In this fast paced, screen obsessed world (I’m pointing at myself, too!), I’m finding that it gets harder and harder to do the slow methodical things. To contemplate. To wonder over beauty. This must become a practice but it takes effort and it is not passive.

So that is what I wanted to focus on in these few little tips from this house to yours. Of course, I will always recommend reading aloud but I wanted to move beyond that since there are MANY resources that remind us that sharing a literary adventure, regardless of the ages of our children, is a perfect way to bond as a family. It is a mainstay in our home.

Without further ado…

Here are 3 ways you can practice wondering, contemplating, enjoying your family, educating holistically…and slowing down.

Click HERE to read more.



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