Addressing Diversity in Homeschooling–is there any Strength in Unity?

I love how God sends His people forward without revealing it all, but instead, with a simple command: “go.” ‘The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.” (Genesis 12:1, NIV) The Lord then allows Jacob just a peek into his […]

Six Little Changes that make a BIG Difference

Well, we have begun another school year. You would think that with one child who is closer to the end than the beginning, and the number of years that we have homeschooled, another school year would be breezy. But this year has its own unique challenges. She is now a working woman, teaching others to […]

Ready for School–(well, almost)

A while ago, I wrote a post entitled “The Beauty of Everyday Moments.” In it I discussed the possibilities that might spring from boredom, and the realities behind many of the beautifully staged homeschools in online photos. So, in that spirit, our days haven’t been in any way spectacular, but it’s been a fantastic summer. […]

Setting the Course(s) for 2019-2020

I am not sure how we became so intrigued with foreign missions. To be honest, as a child, “missions” to me meant helping Sister So-And-So down the street who was older and on a fixed income. Of course, the  scriptures do not distinguish in Matthew 25 between the location of the least of them; we […]

The Lazy Days of Summer

We returned from a great conference–and the associated two-day drive–with all of the away-from-home-for-a-week tasks before us: reclaiming the dog from the kennel, laundry, and mail sorting. The biggest task was the garden, dry and worm-infested after a week without rain or TLC. Our youngest had little time to enjoy being home before she was […]

The Spring/Summer 2019 Garden–Healing Comes in Many Ways

She considers a field and buys it;    out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.She sets about her work vigorously;    her arms are strong for her tasks. Proverbs 31: 16-17, NIV In the last few months I began a couple of Instagram live talks to follow up my blog posts. Like many who are “building a brand” […]

5 Reasons NOT to Homeschool

A number of years ago now, I met a lovely family while speaking at a homeschool conference. After several conversational exchanges, they propositioned me about supporting an initiative about which they were passionate. I honestly can’t remember the website at this point, but the premise was that every child should be homeschooled, in essence ending […]

The Beauty in Everyday Moments

At a time when scores of parents are making a decision about how to educate their children on next year, there is a certain beauty to the marketing of homeschooling as an option. I don’t just mean the corporate marketing; I mean the way that homeschool is marketed as a collective entity—parents, associations, curriculum publishers, […]

How to Make the Most of Your College Tour

The youngest would say occasionally that “time flies on a jet plane.” No truer words have ever been spoken. We are now on our third round of college tours. In fact, we began taking the kids on college tours when they were much smaller; truth be told, they might not have even known entirely what […]

Just Keep Planting: The First Fall/Winter Garden

The advice that comes from the head of the urban farm where we volunteer is, “Just keep planting.” There is, of course, a rhythm to understanding season and sun and how each affects plant growth. Yet, his premise is that the weather is so unpredictable here until it becomes difficult to say with certainty what […]