Encouragement

Starting a New School Year – How to Prepare for a Great One!

Dear homeschooling moms,

   My favorite time of year for me as a homeschooling mom is right before we start up a new school year. I’m excited about spending time learning with my children and teaching them new things. I enjoy picking out new literature we’re going to read together and finding interesting field trips we can take in conjunction with our topics of study. I love the thought of my kids being engaged in their education—wanting to learn, working hard, and being committed to their own discovery. They love reading and this adds to my love of homeschooling.

Improvement, Progress and Pressing On

Have you seen some of the Olympic Games? I think it's been thrilling to see Michael Phelps compete in the  swimming races and to watch the incredible skill in both women's and men's gymnastics.

The Olympics often stir our competitive spirit and rouse our enthusiasm up for sports and athletic excellence. That's a good thing of course, but sometimes in real life we can misinterpret that perfection in and of itself is the goal. That can be a slippery slope and counter-productive for kids where homeschool is concerned. Sure, many of the ideals that the Olympics stand for are noble and worthy, but it's naive to fall into thinking it's solely about perfection.

Little Ones In The House? Two Things Not to Forget ~

My encouragement today is for all of you who have young children in your home, and it's this:

- Tell 'em stories

- Tuck 'em in at night

If you're not great at storytelling, simply read stories. The kids will never forget snuggling at bedtime and hearing mom or dad read to them.

Opening Ceremonies tonight! Encouraging Our Kids To Aim High

I can't wait for the Olympics to start! Tonight's the night for opening ceremonies ---

I'm thinking about some of  the Olympic ideals -- the tenacity,perseverance and dedication of all the athletes --

I wonder what all the moms are thinking..... after all, they're the ones that have driven the kids to practices, meets, work-outs. Maybe they're wondering if it will be worth it all.

Is Your Teen Spiritually a Long Way from Home?

Your son or daughter may live, eat, and sleep in your house, but is he/she a long way from home spiritually? Nothing can be as discouraging for parents as seeing their teens turn away from the Lord in spite of their good efforts to raise them in the nurture of the Lord.

   What’s a parent to do? As someone who empathizes with your heartache, I suggest that you soak in His word.  You’ll find that the Lord will supply you with cool water for your journey. 

You're A Natural Teacher, So Teach With Your Own Style!

 

Whether you're brand new to homeschooling, or a seasoned veteran with 20 years of experience under your belt, why is it that in mothering & in teaching, we have the tendency to think that we somehow need to be like someone else or do things like someone else?  Maybe it's just me -- but I think it's easy to fall into the trap.

Time For Quiet Reflection

Today's our last day at the ocean ~

It's been a lovely time to slow down, simply being together and enjoying all that the beach has offered....an awakening of all five senses. I'm thankful for a restful and wonderful seven days.

Although this has been an incredible location and an absolutely beautiful week, free from the hustle and bustle of the D.C. area,  I'm realizing that a place can't really give me the peace that I long for ---it's God alone who gives me true rest and peace.

Messy Moms Welcome Here...

 

I started reading a really good book several months ago, which touches on the theme of prayer—how we consider prayer, how we approach God in prayer, how we live a transformed life of prayer. It's called A Praying Life, by Paul Miller. Here are a few thoughts from the book, inviting us to be real with our Heavenly Father...

Snapshot: A Homeschooling Day in 2005

 

 

Ever wonder what a day in our homeschooling journey looked like? I decided to take a mental stroll down memory lane, and here's what I came up with...

 

 

Treasuring Freedom

Hamburgers on the grill....apple pie with ice cream....cold watermelon....sizzling sparklers.....For me those conjure the casual fun of a summer barbeque on one of my favorite holidays ---- the Fourth of July! And since the 4th is just three days before Austin and Justin's birthday it's always been a perfect time for us to sit out on the deck, invite family and friends over, and celebrate special gifts: the twins, and another precious gift --- that of our freedom in America.

In Need of Refreshment?

 

Do you ever get bogged down with your “to do” list? What about your Christian “to do” list? Just thinking about it can take the joy out of serving Jesus, especially in your home. In studying through Ephesians and Isaiah this past year, the Lord impressed me to take stock of what works (projects) I take on to do. ..

How We Chose a College

Hi homeschooling moms!

How are you? I hope that you're having a good day so far.

All moms of juniors and seniors ~ take note. Moms with younger kids—one day you'll get here. Yes, one day the kids will turn 18 and you'll be looking at that next step after high school.

College Bound -- 4 Key Traits To Cultivate

Austin and Justin graduated ~ May 25, 2012 Next step ............College!!!

We're still in a celebratory mode after eleven years of homeschooling and are so thankful for how God carried us through.  As I've said before -- With God's help, we did it, and so can you!

 

The Homeschooling Widow

Sometimes I don’t like being a widow—when you need good advice and there’s no one you really feel like you can turn to. Or when you don’t have anyone you can call on in a pinch when you need something fixed—like the lawnmower that we can’t start just when our grass really needs to be cut, or the kitchen sink that is leaking just enough to be a nuisance, or the sliding glass door that a friend thankfully put back on track, but now won’t slide open or shut very easily.

 

In the Evening at Sunset -- Having Meals Together

 

Let's say you've been teaching a good part of the day.  All of a sudden, it's getting close to 5:00 and you realize that  you have absolutely no ideas for dinner. And worse yet, you haven't had time to grocery shop today.  Ahhh!  Boy, have I had that happen a million times.....

 

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