Encouragement

Helping Your Children Realize Their Biggest Dreams

Today’s post is a bit unorthodox. You will hear about an incredible new audio drama by Phil Lollar, co-creator of Adventures in Odyssey, and what YOU can do to help make it a reality. (It’s called Iliad House and you’re about to get the inside scoop because I am a member of the team!) 

You will also find out the dirty little secret behind why I never became a veterinarian. But most importantly, you will hear the practical steps that my parents and mentors have taken to help me realize my dreams so that you can help YOUR children do the same. (Get ready to be impressed by how many things you are already doing to help make your kids’ dreams come true!) So today’s post is a little about me, but it is mostly about you.

To Our Kitchens, O Mothers

...I pictured myself back in my college days at the University of Maryland giving a speech to my fellow classmates. I envisioned telling them what I'm about to tell you. A few people, including the professor walked toward the podium. I knew that they wanted to usher me out of that lecture hall quicker than a flash...

I think that moms really set the tone at home, and that when it comes to nurturing their families --- no one is quite as good as a loving mother. And, specifically when it comes to nutrition, mothers are extremely influential. 

Your Important Role As Mom and Teacher

"The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world."   -William Ross Wallace

In the blog, A Mom's High Hopes, I reflected on motherhood. And, once again, I encourage you to look at your vital role as you shape your children's lives...

One of the hardest things about being a mom is that at the end of the day, you don't always see the results of your labor. But I encourage you...never for a moment think that your role, your work, and your love for your family is anything less than crucial

Life Skills for Teens

The high school years are a prime time to teach important life skills to your teens. Some skills will be taught spontaneously as you live life with your teen on a daily basis. Teaching other life skills may take some intentional planning. A checklist for teaching life skills may help you organize a strategy to instruct your teens in eight areas: home management, nutrition and health, financial management, job preparation, computer skills, cultural arts, volunteering, and spiritual preparation.

Teach Hospitality: 3 Ideas

 

This summer, why not teach the kids what it means to give a warm welcome? Although hospitality may seem like a lost art, let's revive our passion to use our homes as lighthouses in a dark world by inviting people over. Forget about cleaning and having the perfect house -- we're talking about reality here...

 

Make It A TV-Free Summer

...The family of four sat motionless in the family room that night after dinner. All facing the same direction, their eyes stared at that blue screen, conversation abated. They couldn't hear the symphony of summer crickets and frogs in the little koi pond outside their patio door. And they didn't hear the breeze blowing or the distant whistle of the train...

As we calculated the many hours wasted in front of the TV, we decided to do something radical. We said goodbye to TV-viewing that night fifteen years ago, and don't regret it one bit! 

Longing for Noise

 

Looking back over 20+ years of homeschooling, I wanted time to be alone. Yep. I admit it. I wished for places of silence in my life. As much as I loved the sounds of life all around me, I longed for moments of stillness throughout most of my parenting and homeschooling years...

 

Natural Beauty: Take Care Of Yourself

Today let's talk about the importance of taking care of ourselves in order to maintain and cultivate inner strength and outward beauty. Strength -- to do our very best in what we're called to do: love our husbands and children, manage our homes (I realize that many work outside the home, too), and teach our children. Beauty --- not just outward. We're also talking about those inner qualities like graciousness, kindness, and a pleasant demeanor -- virtues that are fast disappearing and often mocked in our androgynous American culture... 

Welcome Summer

What comes to mind when you think of your own childhood summers? Swimming on hot days, camping in the backyard, chasing those elusive butterflies, or running through the cold sprinkler? Side-walk chalk and jump rope? Gardens and snow-cones? Walking barefoot in the grass? However you spent your summers growing up, I encourage you to savor the upcoming moments and days with your family throughout the season ahead...

Make It An Active Summer

It's easy to forget that kids need a lot of physical activity as they grow.  Fresh air, sunshine, and plenty of movement is  beneficial for all of us, but especially important for children's coordination, growing bones, and mental acuity. I encourage you to help lead the way in this area, and enjoy burning some calories in the process. After all, we're meant to move!  So, here are some helpful suggestions to get all of us moving this summer. And, don't worry -- you don't have to be super coordinated or athletic to take part in these fun ideas... 

Independence Day...a great day to give thanks!

 

With determination, courage, great conviction, and a humble reliance upon God they made it possible, for generations of Americans to come, to enjoy these gifts and faith and family we all too often have taken for granted...

 

"The Most Memorable Epoch in the History of America"

John Adams predicted that our nation would long celebrate our decision to declare independence from England:

“The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding Generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It out to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forevermore."

Hope for Colorado Homeschool Families Harmed by Wildfires

Hundreds of homes in Colorado have been scorched by wildfires last week with still more in the path of these devastating flames. Already the Home School Foundation, HSLDA's charitable arm, has been notified of several homeschool families who have lost their home and school materials as a result of the fires.

HSF can help. But only through your support.

Because of generous donations to HSF’s Compassion Emergency Response, a program to help homeschool families impacted by a natural disaster, we can provide some relief to these families by replacing textbooks, teaching materials, and basic school supplies.

Celebrate Father's Day

What characteristics stand out to you as you think of your father? What do you admire most about him? Perhaps it's his gentle manner or quick smile. Maybe it's his generous nature, or his wit and wisdom. Now matter what good things we remember about our dads, I'd like to encourage all of us not only to give tribute to our fathers, but to think of ways we can express appreciation to our husbands in their vital roles as dads.

Homeschool Lobbyists – Watching the Walls of Texas

 

The Watchmen take their name from Isaiah 62:6, “On your walls, O Jerusalem, I have set watchmen; all the day and all the night they shall never be silent”.

This new kind of lobbyist has proven to be a passionate and capable watchman to guard the walls of our fundamental stronghold of freedom: the family.

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