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Happy Easter! Happy Spring!

 

Don't you just love spring time? The colors, fragrances, and beautiful blossoms? With new life awakening all around us, it's the perfect time to celebrate Christ's resurrection, and to impart key spiritual truths to our kids as we go through the breezy days of spring...

The Test of Ten - Helping our young people choose wisely and live rightly

 

This list of questions, which I've called the Test of Ten, served to guide Chris in countless decisions he had to make; furthermore, it helped shaped who he was: a strong, faithful and incredibly useful man of God who brought glory to His Savior...

Start Lunch, Finish Lunch

At lunch time, we assembled sandwiches or leftovers from the night before, took our time to eat, and lingered at the table to talk. When I look back, I see that homeschooling provided a great opportunity to make good nutrition a top priority. Plus, it provided the added benefit of making healthy, effective communication a top priority, too...something that's often overlooked in our quest for fast everything...

In The Moment

Have you ever been in a conversation with someone, engaged in small talk, discussed one or two different topics, and shared a few ideas only to notice that they constantly look down at their phone, tablet, or gadget? As those fingers fidget, they fully disengage as they launch into a (better?) brand new conversation, leaving you standing there like a second fiddle... 

Dialogue, Love Letters and A Table For Two

 

As I grabbed a cup of coffee the other day at our coffee house here in town, I glanced over at the couple sitting at a little table next to the counter. They sat opposite of each other, eye to eye, engaged in conversation. The guy leaned in to listen. She smiled and took a long sip of coffee... That made me think about how important it is for couples, families, and friends to talk—really talk and connect.

How to Have the Perfect Home School and Other Myths

Overwhelmed! That’s how I felt so often, so I can only say that grace from the Lord helped me set my face like flint to press on in my homeschooling, home-making, and caring for Chris with his debilitating MS. As each year passed Chris’s MS got worse, I felt like more and more was slipping through the cracks. I regularly had to give that feeling, “You’re a failure” over to God. I just couldn’t do it all; not anywhere near it...

Saying I Love You to Your Family…how about starting a new tradition?

IIt’s Valentine’s Day and you are perhaps planning a special meal for your family or thinking of ways to show them you love them. Are you looking for some new ideas?

In our household, we love traditions. I started many traditions when my children were little that are centered on familiar holidays, like Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, and yes, even Valentine’s Day. I started these specifically to not only draw attention to the significance of that holiday, but also to reinforce the value of our family life together.

It's What's On The Inside That Counts

We stood in front of the Pratt and Whitney engine, the one used for the C-54―all 1,585 pounds of that clunky monstrosity―and talked about post WWII flight ―propellers, engines, and those incredible airplane wings. My dad looked once again at that engine, took a breath and paused. "You know― it's what's on the inside [of the airplane] that counts."

That is such a beautiful picture to me because...

Artistic Flair

This winter and coming spring, let's remember to add a little art to our repertoire as teachers. In Take Time For Art, we talked about setting aside a few moments for fun, creativity, and inspiration. I gave several (practically free) ideas of things to do in order to build kids' imaginations―whether it's drawing, painting, or simply working with color...

The whole thing about art is to make it a fun activity―something that's not stressful.

My Father's Wings

We swung the glass doors open, and stepped inside the bright entrance of the National Air and Space Museum / Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. As we walked down that main corridor, I remembered all the times we took field trips to this place, and thought about how much I missed the twins now that they were in college. How many times had we visited?  At least three, probably four.

Conversational Competence

Conversation is just like a tennis game, except that no one is trying to win. The point is that it takes two people to keep the ball in motion. You hit; I hit. I serve; you receive. The whole idea is to keep that ball moving. Different shots, styles and angles.

Here are six simple things to teach our kids about face to face conversation. Plus, they're good reminders for us!

Another Good Idea For Valentine's Day

Here's another idea for Valentine's Day: A special breakfast for your husband....

What could be sweeter than having a wonderful, warm breakfast to start a winter day, especially Valentine's Day? Whether it's French toast with maple syrup, bacon and eggs, or a bowl of steaming hot oatmeal, your husband will be sure to appreciate this sweet idea...

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