7 Ways to Build Self-Esteem…God’s Way!

“You can do anything you set your mind to.” “You have everything you need within yourself.” “Believe in yourself.” “Follow your heart.” I’m sure you recognize these statements that are so prevalent in our society today. They’re always spoken with the best of intentions, aiming to build up the self-esteem of the hearer. Unfortunately, I’m [...]

Subscriber Freebie: My Book of Thanks- A Gratitude Journal for Kids

My Book of Thanks- 25 Day Gratitude Journal for Kids FREE through 1013

  In honor of the exciting new developments here at Upside Down Homeschooling, I wanted to do something special for my readers who have stuck by me through this period of transition. For the next week {now through 11:59pm EST on Monday, October 13th}, I am giving away FREE copies of My Book of Thanks: [...]

12 Bible Verses to Pray Over Your Homeschool

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It’s that time of year! Fresh reams of paper, spiral-bound notebooks, and packages of pencils with full, perfect erasers have replaced the bottles of sunscreen, pool toys, and beach towels on store shelves. Our beloved summer is drawing to a close. Our bookshelves have been purged of last year’s materials, making way for supplies prepared [...]

5 Books That Will Help Teach Your Toddler About Jesus

5 Books To Teach Your Toddler About Jesus

Since my husband and I have a toddler again in our home, we’ve been trying to expose her to more books on a more regular basis. Among her current favorite read-alouds are a few books that feature Jesus and other Bible characters — mostly board books that we bought when her older brother — our eldest [...]

Friends & Heroes Review & Giveaway

Friends and Heroes Review

  I was given the opportunity to review Friends & Heroes DVD 1 and Homeschool Unit Study 1. I was compensated for this review. All opinions expressed are my own. What is Friends & Heroes? From the website..”Friends and Heroes is an animated children’s adventure based in ancient Egypt, Israel and Rome. The story follows [...]

Friendship – Love with Abandon

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An old friend contacted me. We’ve spoken once in the past ten years. She apologized for not being a better friend over the years, that she let go of a deep friendship and love. This friendship, back in the day, defined soul mate for me. We were best friends, but the friendship grew deep and [...]

“Peace-full” Homeschool Planning

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Summer, oh how I love you! From swimming pools to barbeques, vacation time to ice cream cones, summer is overflowing with many of my favorite things. Though many of us homeschooling moms might like to bury our heads in the sand and not think about school for the entire three months, the part of us [...]

25 Favorite Memory Verses for Children

25 Favorite Memory Verses for Children

Scripture memory is a part of my family’s daily homeschool routine. I want God’s Word imprinted on the hearts of my children to remind them of God’s nature, to remind them of Jesus’ love and sacrifice, to comfort them when they are afraid, and to instruct them in godly character. My children are still relatively [...]

7 Ways to Help Kids Encounter God

7 Ways to Help Kids Encounter God

Yesterday I considered the amazing reality that God wants to encounter your children and mine. Today I’d like to offer seven suggestions for how we can encourage our kids to encounter Him. Read God’s Word to them. “The Word of God is living and powerful…” (Hebrews 4:12). I’ve certainly experienced the power of God’s Word in my own [...]

Divine Encounters…For Kids!

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Here’s a jaw-droppingly beautiful truth: Jesus’ first priority for you is just to be with Him. Mark 3:14 tells us that “He appointed twelve that they might be with Him and that He might send them out to preach.” Do you see how being with Him came first? Before the preaching, before the healing, before the [...]