Dear Uncertain Homeschooling Mom

Uncertain Homeschooling Mom

Dear Uncertain Homeschooling Mama, I wish I could give you a hug right now. And just maybe have a chat over coffee. Because though I’ve been doing this for seven years, I still face so much uncertainty. And I’m not sure, but I kind of think there’s no end in sight. Because it’s that important.  [...]

Growing in Motherhood: Growing Our Faith

Motherhood stretches us, and if we let it, it will grow our faith. | by Virginia George at Upside Down Homeschooling

A couple months ago I posted an article on my Facebook page that got some people talking. In it, a very frustrated mom used some naughty words around her kids. I don’t condone the use of such language, and don’t use it myself, but the frustration she felt… that was me. Out of that frustration and the fact [...]

How to Keep the Main Thing the Main Thing in Your Home

How to keep the focus on what really matters in your home.

This is the time of year when I fantasize about summer. In the cozy realm of my imagination, warm temperatures replace frigid ones. A tank top and flip flops replace my heavy coat and boots. Lazy and carefree days at the pool replace my down-to-the-minute homeschool/blogging/ministry schedule. Vacations replace field trips. And long afternoons outside playing [...]

Finding Strength in God’s Word for the New Year

Finding Strength in God's Word for the New Year

What are your aspirations for the New Year? It’s that time of the year again when everyone is making New Year’s resolutions. We all want to make a fresh start with a new beginning in 2015. I understand – I’m right there with you. But as I’ve been contemplating the New Year, this one thing [...]

Worth the Inconvenience

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Pregnancy is not among my favorite things. My three pregnancies haven’t been miserable, by any means. Though I had my share of morning sickness, heartburn, and aches & pains, I have to admit that I didn’t have more than my share. Still, at its very best, pregnancy is a challenging time, even as it’s a [...]

6 Ways to Teach Our Kids Gratitude

Clever ways to teach your children to be thankful.

Most, if not all, homeschooling parents know that educating our children isn’t just about academics. It’s actually much more than that. It’s about preparing our children for the future, and, dare we say it, “raising saints.” One way to do this — to raise our children for the Lord — is to teach them gratitude. [...]

Letting Go of Homeschool Pressure

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I’m a completely committed blogger. Except when I’m not. But it’s not because I don’t want to be. It’s because, like you, there are so many things that compete for my attention, my time, and my energy. With the flurry of planning and adjusting that accompanies the first several weeks of school (not to mention [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]