“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 that longs to parent intentionally just won't let us escape so easily. So we look back on the previous year. And we think. Then we assess. And we plan. And we reassess. And we wonder. And we … [Read more...]

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 life, but I've also seen its power in the lives of my children. Through regular time spent in the Bible together, my five-year-old daughter realized she wasn't a … [Read more...]

Divine Encounters…For Kids!


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 casting out of demons or even the raising of the dead. Sure, we have work to do...God-ordained tasks to accomplish...divine appointments to meet. But our most important divine … [Read more...]

Unexpected Deliverance


"I sought the LORD, and He answered me; He delivered me from all my fears." Psalm 34:4 What a powerful statement about our God: "He delivered me from all my fears." Will you take a moment and rejoice with me in our God who answers us, and who delivers us? What a wonderful God, who is alive and working and moving in hearts and lives and circumstances all around us... in numerous ways we can see, and in innumerable ways we can't. I wonder how many Christ-followers today can say with the … [Read more...]

You Cannot Hold it All Together


My eyes flew wide as the glass tipped. Tea flowed from the glass onto the table and sloshed its way around and under everything in its way. I quickly looked up in panic mode. I did not need this at this moment! I looked into the sweet face of an older lady in my church. "Oh no!" She said, "Let me help you!" As I went to get a towel from the kitchen, she used napkins to soak up what she could. We worked together and in record time got the spill cleaned up. She was the person I needed, … [Read more...]

Homeschool Quotes Series: Day 7


Welcome to the final day of this homeschool quotes series. Not all of the bloggers in this series are posting for seven straight days, some are posting once a week, some are posting more, so I encourage you to keep following their posts to see all of the wisdom they will be sharing. Click here for the list of blogs participating. I've saved my favorite homeschooling quote for last. This one comes from Steve & Jane Lambert from Five in a Row. This quote speaks for itself and needs … [Read more...]

Homeschool Quotes Series: Day 6

Keep Calm

Don't forget to check out the other bloggers participating in the Quotable Wisdom link up with iHomeschool Network. Today's quote is meant to share a little laugh, but there is definitely some truth to it. Homeschooling is full of the unexpected. We have two choices. We can get excited and stressed out, or we can turn whatever has come up into a learning experience. I've been on both sides of this coin. Too often, I choose the stressed out option and no one wins. I'm learning to embrace … [Read more...]

Homeschool Quotes Series: Day 5

Two Roads

Day five already? I hope you've been encouraged by the blogs participating in this Quotable Wisdom blog hop with the iHomeschool Network bloggers. Today's homeschool quote has special meaning to me: Our homeschool is named Pathways Academy and it comes directly from this quote. Homeschooling is not the popular road. It is most definitely the road less traveled, but we do it in faith that our sacrifices truly will make all the difference in the lives of our children. Yes, I know the … [Read more...]

Homeschool Quotes Series: Day 3

When One Teaches; Two Learn

Are you enjoying this series so far? Have you been to any of the other iHomeschool Network blogs that are participating in this Quotable Wisdom blog hop? If not, you should check them out! Here is my homeschooling quote for today: If you have been homeschooling for any length of time, you know the truth within these words. I often tell people that through homeschooling I learn just as much if not more than my children. I learn alongside of them. Through the good days and the bad, we … [Read more...]

Homeschool Quotes Series: Day 2


Welcome to Day two of my Homeschool Quotes series. I'm linking up with the other wonderful blogger of iHomeschool Network to bring you this great blog hop! Here is today's homeschool quote: This is one of my homeschooling mantras. How much time do we spend telling or teaching our children instead of involving them? Personally, my children learn much better when I use hand-on methods of instruction over lecturing or book work. Plus, it is much more fun. As a homeschooling mother, I … [Read more...]