A Wise Word from a Ladybird

My special cause, the one that alerts my interest and quickens the pace of my life, is to preserve the wildflowers and native plants that define the regions of our land–to encourage and promote their use in appropriate areas, and thus help pass on to generations in waiting the quiet joys and satisfactions I have […]

Gardening is About Trusting God

There is an old hymn that says, ‘I come to the garden alone, While the dew is still on the roses, And the voice I hear, falling on my ear, The Son of God discloses. And He walks with me, and He talks with me, And He tells me I am His own, And the […]

Each Day, A New Day: Our Hurricane Harvey Testimony

By now, unless you have succeeded in existing WAY off the grid, you know that our coastal Texas region was devastated by Hurricane Harvey. By now, you have been bombarded with images of people being carried out of flooding waters, lifted by helicopter after narrowly escaping through rooftops, and waiting for bare necessities in overcrowded […]

Speak THESE Things (Believing the Best for your Children)

Power: (noun) 1. The ability to do something or act in a particular way, especially as a faculty or quality 2. the capacity to direct or influence the behavior of others             (verb) 1. To supply with [mechanical or electrical] energy 2. to move or travel with great speed or force   If we are […]

4 Steps that Keep Lesson Plans From Collecting Dust

All I will say about my last post is that watching kids leave the comfort of your home changes your prayer life immensely.  The oldest laughs that Dad asks every day whether she made it safely to work and then back home—something we never questioned while she was in college, which seemed by its nature […]

Homeschooling: It’s Not About Academics

Yes, I have been (notably?) absent from my blog in these last couple of weeks. Actually, I am shocked that I have been able to keep up as much as I have as we are in the midst of our craziest summer yet. As I type, we are on our 7th family trip in 2-1/2 months. […]

The Gentle Grace of Homeschooling

Now that I have talked about the biggest concerns of beginning a homeschooling journey–money, home and life adjustments, and relationships within and without the homeschooling community, there might be a sobering second thought brewing deep in the back of your mind. I would be remiss in this final edition of the “Are you Ready to Homeschool” series […]

Updated: Our Homeschool Year in a Bullet Journal

When I originally posted my thoughts about the conversion from a traditional school planner into a homeschool bullet journal, my confession was that I didn’t know how I would actually go about that conversion. So, with about 2-3 weeks left before we begin school again, I now have a bit more of a plan. Since […]

“When I Was a Child” Volume 2 Now Available!

It is here, it is here! Volume 2 of When I Was a Child, our high school history curriculum, is here!     For those of you who have already pre-ordered, I will ship your order this week as promised.   When I Was a Child stays true to the spiritual and instructional foundation that […]

Homeschooling: You Don’t Have to Go It Alone

I have been reading through the Old Testament for a long time now. Often people speak of the Old Testament as if it is antiquated, a history document with little to teach. Yet, I find such richness in understanding who God was before Jesus came to earth, how He interacted and covered His people, and […]

Converting our HOME into a Home SCHOOL

  In the first portion of this “Are You Ready to Homeschool” series, I talked about one aspect that is near and dear to all of our hearts when it comes to life, lifestyles, and making that transition: money.   I thought to focus this time on the physical changes that occurred within our home as […]

How to Afford Homeschooling

If I do this “Are You Ready to Homeschool” series well, somebody might just get off the bubble and decide to take the homeschooling journey.  After all, what is stopping you once you seriously consider the decision?  For many, the answer is simple: MONEY.   When we began seriously thinking about homeschooling, I was pregnant […]

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