Is Homeschooling an Idol?

I was listening to a podcast recently from Homeschooling in Real Life that I found very convicting. It was about a homeschool mom who had fallen into the trap of legalism and what it did to her and her family. I highly recommend listening yourself. Here is one of the thoughts it raised in me andContinue reading “Is Homeschooling an Idol?”

My Monday Stunk Big Time! How was Yours?

Earlier today, I was a spineless clot of grievances. (I believe that was a quote from a Beth Moore Bible study… I just love it and it has stuck.) I woke up grouchy. I dunno why, but I just was. Perhaps the chocolate bar my daughter gave me yesterday… Or I’m just a sinful humanContinue reading “My Monday Stunk Big Time! How was Yours?”

The Day We Reproduced School at Home and the Surprising Things We Learned

Just before Christmas, my older two kids (ages 10 and 12) had particularly challenging attitudes about school. I know they were tired, excited about Christmas, etc, but the attitudes, especially from the 12 year old, were just not cool. The day he started complaining that he still had another page of math left to doContinue reading “The Day We Reproduced School at Home and the Surprising Things We Learned”

Dealing with Tween Emotion Rollercoasters

My 11 year old had been asking for a couple of weeks for me to set up a play date with his friend. Since we were taking the week of Thanksgiving off of school, I set it up for Monday morning. Sunday night, he and his sister were having trouble behaving at bedtime after promisingContinue reading “Dealing with Tween Emotion Rollercoasters”

How bumpy was your homeschooling road this week?

It was the first week back to school after a long Christmas break. Christmas is over, the decorations are taken down, and the next break in sight in Easter. The temperatures for most of the country were literally colder than Siberia. Wow. What is a homeschooling parent to do to remain sane and patient? I’mContinue reading “How bumpy was your homeschooling road this week?”

Are You a Woman of Valor?

I posted a little while back about how Jews view the Proverbs 31 woman. Here’s the link. I’ve been thinking more about how those verses look for us here today. I don’t personally make my own clothes, much less weave the cloth for them, nor do I even grow my own food. I’m sure someContinue reading “Are You a Woman of Valor?”

Outdoor Winter Fun

  One of the many cool things about homeschooling is that during recess, the kids get to play in their own yards with their own stuff. During the winter, my kids love to create “forts” in our backyard. They each have their own and then the neighbor kids come over after school and create theirContinue reading “Outdoor Winter Fun”

One Step at a Time

  I love planning ahead and setting goals. Whether it’s for school, vacations, or our finances, making long range plans helps me feel on top of things. Without a plan, I have trouble knowing where I’m going. That’s all great, but there are times when I look at the long range plans and get completelyContinue reading “One Step at a Time”


Immanuel. God is with us. That’s probably my favorite aspect of the Christmas story to dwell on. When I first accepted Christ in 1988, I thought that Christianity was a religion to adhere to. A way of life and rules to follow. Later, I realized that God knows my name. It suddenly became very personal.Continue reading “Immanuel”

Thanksgiving! (A little late…)

  Yes, it’s December 1 and I’m just now posting about giving thanks. Call me a slacker. Actually, I was occupied for the month of November participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). I finished this year! I wrote a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. It’s a rough draft and not quite done yet,Continue reading “Thanksgiving! (A little late…)”