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Digging in the Dirt – leaving room for everyday exploration in your homeschooling journey

Flashback to 1997: It’s been raining outside all morning while I’ve been doing school with my children. Now, it’s the afternoon, and I send my kids out to the vegetable garden to pick some fresh green beans. I made sure they put on their rubber boots since it is pretty muddy in the pathways, and I trust that my oldest, now 10, will be responsible and make sure everyone brings more beans back into the house than mud.

Home is a Great Place for Ministry – Welcoming Neighbors

 

Sometimes I need to remind myself of some of the non-academic benefits of homeschooling my kids, especially when academics aren’t going so well–daily distractions, sickness in the house, kids lack motivation, dishwasher breaks, toilet overflows, dad goes out of town that week for work (where’s the principal when you need him?!), and so on...

Healthy Homeschool Moms Need Treats!

I stumbled on a fascinating blog post this week entitled We Must Have Treats! Here’s Why by happiness expert and widely acclaimed author Gretchen Rubin. After reading her post, I immediately connected with her.

What she had to say about giving ourselves treats is vitally important for homeschooling moms – well, for everyone really, but I’m targeting burned-out, emotionally drained, physically frazzled home educators … yes, YOU!

Can We Skip Doing Math Today?

When I was in elementary school, I remember enjoying doing workbook pages, especially math ones. Yep, I was one of those weird kids. I also wrote left-handed back when all the desks were made for right-handed kids. My first grade teacher even tried to force me to write right-handed. It didn’t work. My resistance to conversion may have pushed her to retire early; for me at the very least, it ruined any interest in handwriting for a long time.

10 Ways to Speak the Language of Love to Your Kids

“I love you.” Sometimes saying these three little words is the best way to express our love to our children. They certainly need to hear it, as do all those we love.

Though I say them often to my children, however, sometimes my negative actions can speak louder than my words. I can be quick to judge the intention of their hearts, slow to listen, and slow to forgive an offense.

Chicken Pox and Lice...Extracurricular Activities For Home Schoolers!

Of the list of things we try to protect our children from when we homeschool—drugs, violence, alcoholism, gang wars, sexual promiscuity, I think chicken pox and lice should also be up at the top, too!

Unfortunately, our family has experienced both of these during our homeschooling journey. 

What being a Homeschooling Widow has Taught Me

In 2012 (two and a half years after my husband Chris passed away), I shared what being a homeschooling widow is like—that feeling of being alone when you need practical help around the home, missing that listening ear (which so often our husbands gave us, along with their prayers and encouragement), and desperately wanting at times the stabilizing presence of a father in the lives of your children (we KNOW we can’t be a mom AND a dad, no matter how hard we try!).

Get Your Kids Outside and Enjoy God's Glory!

My children grew up on a patch of land bordering a 15-acre lake most of their lives. Being a homeschooling family of seven gave us countless opportunities to get outside and soak up God's creation...right in our own backyard.

You don’t have to wait for summer to get outdoors. Every season has God’s fingerprints written all over it, but summertime is a special season to enjoy His handiwork. 

Thoughts on Being a Mother

I know not everyone likes celebrating Mother's Day. Some of our own childhoods were punctuated by pain and brokenness. While my experience with my birth father was like this, I'm thankful to have a mom who loved me and laid down her life for me in so many ways.

If you are a homeschooling mother who looks to the Lord each day to fulfill her calling, you are making a difference for good in the life of your child! Don't look at your failures; look at God's faithfulness...

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