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Raising Renaissance Kids

When I was growing up, many of the families I knew had pizza night and game night. Not mine. We had go out to dinner night, usually every other Friday on payday. We didn’t have any other family nights, though. With my own homeschooling family, we’ve committed to family nights but changed them as the children have grown through different stages and interests.

Experiencing a Good Marriage

There is nothing more heart wrenching than sitting across the table from a Christian couple who want a divorce. I remember meeting with a couple I knew very well and respected highly. So (to my surprise) when they started to share with me their marital problems, I was totally thrown off guard. I thought they wanted to meet to talk about how we can disciple more families in the Word of God—not discuss how to save their marriage!

Are You Training Animals or Discipling Children?

My wife, Debbie, and I began our journey in home education in 1981, and I have been in homeschool leadership since 1988. Therefore, I have had the opportunity to talk with many homeschool parents over the years. No matter what their religious belief, the general consensus among the vast majority of parents is that each of their children is unique. The combination of their personality, temperament, mental and physical strengths and weaknesses, learning style and intelligence makes each child one-of-a-kind.

Our Adoption Story

Our adoption story started in 1984. We went to see a movie that gave us a desire to want to give a child a home that does not have a home. The movie was not about adoption but for some reason it gave us a desire to adopt. I am not sure why it affected us like it did, but it left us with the desire to help children through adoption.

Benefits of Homeschooling Adopted Children

We have adopted four children, three girls and one boy. Our first two girls came to live with us in 2007, and the other two came to live with us in 2012.

Brown Family Adoption Story

Adoption is part of God’s plan for mankind as the Apostle Paul recorded in Romans 8:15, “For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, ‘Abba! Father!’”

Homeschooling and Adoption

Do you love children? Of course, you do. That is one of the reasons you are homeschooling. Is there a nagging thought in your head or a tugging in your heart that you should grow your family through adoption? Why in the world would you think about adopting a child when you already feel overwhelmed with phonics, multiplication tables, piano lessons, swim practices and getting enough time for yourself to maybe exercise a couple of times each week? Do you believe you are that awesome of a parent that you are going to go out looking for an even bigger challenge?

Benefits of Participating in a Nursing Home Ministry

Although we live in a society that honors youth, it is God's command to honor the elderly. Often older people are seen as burdens instead of blessings. It is important to realize that these men and women are someone's sisters, brothers, fathers, mothers, sons and daughters.

My Advice to Single Homeschooling Parents: Press On!

Sometimes in life things get thrown at you, and they knock the wind out of you. As you find yourself on the ground, surrounded by circumstances that never should have happened, you find it easy to question your decisions and limit your life to the manageable and safe. And when that disaster involves the loss of a spouse, the first thing some jettison is homeschooling. But press on.

Outside the Greenhouse

There is nothing like the protection that a family can provide as we raise little ones to maturity in the greenhouse of home education. It is a safe place that nurtures these children like olive plants (Psalm 128:3) as they grow up.

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