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Giving Thanks for an Abundance

I was recently doing morning devotions with my children, pondering the upcoming holidays. I was trying, like all good homeschooling moms, to weave in some wonderful history lesson that would help bring meaning to the Scriptures, and also somehow benefit the rest of our homeschooling lessons. I was thinking about Thanksgiving and how much I wanted to not only make my children aware of the reason for our American holiday—to celebrate the pilgrims’ first harvest—but to also show the greater reason for rejoicing that day.

Trusting God in the Process

I recently went to a homeschool coffee social with new and seasoned homeschool moms. It was rewarding to go as an encourager. I hadn't realized that somehow over the last fifteen years, I had gone from a novice homeschool mom to being seasoned. (Although weathered or battle-scarred might be a better description.) I am now the mom I looked at fifteen years ago and thought, "Wow, she sure has it all figured out now that she has all those years of homeschooling under her belt." If she only knew.

Read a Good Book to Your Children

When my children were little, we would read good books together several nights a week. We spent time with Peter and Lucy in Narnia, with Laura Ingalls on the Minnesota prairie and we even walked the battlefields of France with Sgt. Alvin York.

Of the Lord

“Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” Ephesians 6:4

“Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.” Colossians 3:21

Homeschooling for Life

“This feels just like what I’ve done all my life!” wailed my eighteen-year-old son. He was working on an assignment for an online college history course that he was taking the fall after high school graduation.

I could only sigh and pray for God to give me some words to encourage this disgruntled young man sitting before me.

How Does God Want Us to Handle Conflict?

Have you had a fight with someone you love this week? Unfortunately, most of us have. It is amazing how we can experience so much joy and so much frustration from one relationship! We can enjoy the fellowship and love and cooperation. But relationships are also difficult. We often do not agree. We hurt or are hurt by others. We act wrongly and this affects those around us.

Upon a Life I Have Not Lived

Upon a life I have not lived,
Upon a death I did not die,
Another’s life, Another’s death,
I stake my whole eternity.

God’s Plan for My Homeschooling Journey

We started this journey eighteen years ago. Through a series of circumstances, we found ourselves in a situation we never could have predicted. The system had failed us, and we had pulled our oldest son out of public school.

The ensuing years have been bumpy and blessed. Some of the bumps have been more like huge mountains, seemingly insurmountable. Some days have been too short and others too long. But the blessings have been more than anything I could have imagined.

I am officially ready to confess the following:

Weary? Rejuvenate Your School with a Day of Activities That You Love!

The first day of school has come and gone, and your routine is well underway. Fall can be a time of waning excitement, and perhaps disappointment and discouragement have started to set in. You had a good start, but are realizing that you are only halfway to Christmas break, and there are many long days ahead before you reach the end of your school year. Thinking about it, you may feel like your head is barely staying above water. This can be an overwhelming time for teachers and for students. It’s time for some coping strategies!

Strategies for Success

Smoke filled the house. Josiah came to me saying that something was burning, but he didn’t know the source. I was too preoccupied to come and help him locate what was burning. But when I came to dinner, there was no mistaking that a cloud filled the house. Still I didn’t do anything. There was a small exhaust fan running in the kitchen, and I reasoned that was enough. I opened no windows to let fresh air in and drive the smoke out. I didn’t even look for the source, which turned out to be the microwave.