A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver–and we hope these articles provide a little boost in the midst of the stresses of life.

 

  • Home Improvement

    Home Improvement

    There we were in the middle of the large home improvement store, my feet aching and my somewhat patient children getting more than somewhat hungry. This had been more time-consuming than I thought it would be. We were going from aisle to aisle as my husband was asking me more […]

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    10 Burnout Busters

    “Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee. Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.” (Proverbs 4:25–27) Burnout. In my ten-plus years of […]

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  • You Are Doing Awesome

    Hey Mama! You Are Doing Awesome

    Just wanted to stop in and deliver a quick message as I run out the door. It’s ironic. I don’t know; I just found it funny and had to tell you. You know how you have been kind of down on yourself about certain things lately? You look at your […]

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    Homeschooling Blindfolded

    At the beginning of each school year, I look ahead and am easily intimidated by my inability to make the year (and my children) successful. I can’t see what’s ahead, and I wonder about the outcome of their education. Will I be able to prepare my children for their future, […]

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    Why Homeschooling Moms Need to Journal

    As homeschooling moms, we are always on the hunt for new and creative ways to encourage our kids to write. We try innovative writing programs and prompts that promise enthusiastic and proficient scribes. Worry and concern fill our minds when they struggle with or resist writing. As we strive to […]

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  • Choosing Your Homeschool Curriculum in Homeschool Planning

    4 Questions to Ask When Choosing Your Homeschool Curriculum

    Whether you look forward to curriculum shopping with the anticipation of a kid on Christmas morning or you dread the decision-making process year after year, reflect on these simple questions to take the stress out of your curriculum selection. Can you afford it? Expensive doesn’t always equal better. Straining your […]

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    Intentional Homeschooling or Falling Through the Cracks?

    Last year, my 6-year-old fell through the cracks of my homeschool. I had it all planned out in my mind so that wouldn’t happen again this school year. I started school early at the end of July, and by September I was still not working with my now 7-year-old. He […]

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  • I Am Not Prepared!

    ‘Twas the night before co-op, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring . . . except me and the mouse! For all of a sudden I remembered what I’d said, so I grabbed my computer and jumped out of the bed. I promised last month that I’d […]

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  • 4 Ways to Finish Strong When Your School Year Isn’t Going as Planned

    When you’re shooting for a fixed school year end date, this time of year can be one of stress, frustration and worry. If you’re one of the lucky few cruising across the finish line right on time or even ahead of schedule, we commend you! But if you’re facing unexpected […]

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  • For the Mamas: When They Start to Leave the Nest

    When my firstborn graduated high school, I could not believe we had survived and that she was a thriving adult on the cusp of college and a bright future. I watched with pride and tears as she left for her first day. The family nest was changing. I still had […]

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  • 10 Reasons to Homeschool Your Child with Special Needs

    Choosing to homeschool your child is a huge decision. Then add to that a child with special needs. This brings up all kinds of mixed feelings, uncertainties, and emotions. I feel we tend to sell ourselves short when it comes to our children with special needs because this is uncharted […]

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  • Homeschooling for a Season

    Not everyone knows they want to homeschool before their children are even born, like my co-worker, Aimee.  She started researching educational philosophy, homeschooling methods and curriculum choices while her children were babies!  Other couples seem to know as soon as they are married that they want the freedom a homeschooling […]

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  • Lighten your Load

    Empower your children to take care of their own needs. Obviously this doesn’t apply to infants and toddlers, but if you’re shouldering the responsibility for educating your school age children, as well as doing all the cooking, cleaning, and laundry yourself, you are setting yourself up for burnout. When I’m […]

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  • Beating Homeschool Burnout

    Homeschool burnout is real. And it’s no surprise. As homeschool parents we are tasked with stewarding our children’s spiritual, emotional, intellectual, and social development, all while nurturing a healthy marriage, keeping a home running smoothly, and quite possibly holding down a job as well.  That can be a heavy load […]

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  • Encouragement When You Feel Like You Are Always Running Behind

    Are you working hard every day, but can’t figure out why you never seem to be able accomplish every task? Feeling frazzled and wondering if you’ll ever be able to get on top of all that you manage? Well, you are not alone! All home educators at some point feel […]

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  • Overcoming Your Fears About Homeschooling

    What keeps you up nights? Do you find yourself fighting to overcome fear? Do you ever lie awake wondering whether you are equipped to educate your children? Do you wonder whether you are adequately preparing them for life? Do you wonder how they will handle interacting with the world? Will […]

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  • Is There Any Hope for My Homeschool?

    We just started school in August and it seems like it’s been a year already, especially with all the whining, the school clutter, the cooking, the extracurricular and church activities, the discipline and training issues, the service opportunities, the neighbors, the needy, not to mention the people involved in all […]

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  • Hey Mama! It’s “One of Those Days”

    Hey Mama: This school year has not been easy. There were times when you would have liked to quit. We have those days sometimes. It feels like it would be better to just go back to bed (or hide under it). Seems pointless … or downright “over” at times. All of […]

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  • Hey Mama! Wait on Him

    Hey Mama, I heard you are drowning. You thought you were going to wake up and start a fresh new day, lots would get done, and you’d go to bed tonight content that so much was actually accomplished. It’s not looking that way, though, and the day is already under […]

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  • Finding Meaning for Today; Gaining Vision for Tomorrow

    The day I said, “I do!” I had no idea what the future would look like. I was in love and all would be right with my world. I didn’t know I would have to wait eight years before motherhood finally began. I had no idea that it would begin […]

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  • Am I Really Supposed to be Homeschooling?

    God knows that homeschooling can be tough sometimes. Some days are wonderful, and you can see the fruits of your labor. Your child’s handwriting is neat, the answers are correct, and his attitude is cooperative. On those days, you know why you homeschool. We all love those days–reading together as […]

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  • Teaching This Teacher

    “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.” Proverbs 1:7-9 […]

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  • Ten Things I’ve Learned . . . in Ten Years of Homeschooling

    When I first started homeschooling ten years ago, I quickly learned to depend upon the wisdom of experienced homeschooling moms. These ladies provided me with a listening ear and wise advice that proved true time after time. The longer I’ve homeschooled, the more I’ve added little nuggets to my own […]

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  • Climbing Mt. Homeschooling

    I was discouraged about the progress of our homeschooling recently. I dumped my tale of woe to my dear husband (over a Starbucks, of course.). “Nothing seems to be going as planned,” I lamented. “How did I ever think I could teach one child how to figure out the area […]

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  • Fall Harvest: Where’s the Fruit?

    Empty cornucopias. In my heart and in my house, that which should be full of the fall harvest of God’s goodness and righteousness is sometimes hauntingly empty. Do you ever feel that way? Where is that harvest I am supposed to have? Why doesn’t my family have any of the […]

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  • Dealing with Pressure? The Benefits of Slowing Down

    You know the story of the frog in the kettle, right? The one where the frog remains in water that used to be a healthy temperature? As you remember from that story, not being aware of the rising heat in your circumstances has a very bad outcome! Across our modern […]

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  • Change: An Inevitable Part of Homeschooling

    Kids’ “Back to School” picture, Fall 2017 If I had to describe our homeschool journey in one word it would be change. My reason for homeschooling has changed over the years. It started as simply not wanting my mature but impressionable daughter to be the oldest child in her class. I […]

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