Dear Mama, Your Suffering is Not Just For Enduring

(A post I wrote 4 years ago. đŸ™‚ ) I sat here a little while then stood up to get coffee, paralyzed for the moment. I’m 9 months pregnant. With my eleventh child. And I’m, ahem, older. My back has to adjust to the change in my position from sitting to standing before I can walk, or my leg will collapse under me. I’m heavy, I have random round ligament pains that make me think I’m dying, I hurt and […]

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“I Was Abused” (The Problem with a Victim Mentality)

I haven’t forgotten the day. My dad glared at me, then threw the door stop across the room. He stormed out and that was it. The next day, he acted normal. I was accustomed to such volatile cycles. Things had been bad for a while. I had learned to survive in an environment where authority was paramount. My mom would get mad at me too and raise her voice. One day she even raised her hand. Although she didn’t slap […]

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5 Stress-Free Ways to Improve Your Homeschooling

Let’s face it: homeschooling can be stressful. And while stress levels are dependent on many factors, holding your child’s education in your own hands can stress the most relaxed homeschooler. Whether you are a strict desk-and-American flag kind of homeschooler, or a “playing-in-the-dirt-qualifies-as-an-experiment” kind, there are some regular habits that will benefit your homeschooled children. 1. Conversation It is too often a missing ingredient in the family, especially as our social gadgets have us increasingly distracted from our real lives. […]

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Surviving Corona: Our Covid-19 Story

Corona Virus. Scary, not scary, who knows….there are so many stories, so I’ve been in the middle this whole time. Like it’s real, and sometimes it’s super serious. We should be cautious, but not stop living. Kind of like we treat every other risk in life. Corona hit our household about a month ago. My husband and one of my daughters both contracted Covid-19. There are also a number of people at our church who tested positive, where we apparently […]

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What is Character & Can it be Taught to Our Children?

There is an effort, in the secular world, to teach character apart from the Christian faith. And I have 2 problems with that: 1. We can pretend that God has nothing to do with the principles of character and good behavior, but He has everything to do with it. Every character trait we point to has its roots in Scripture. Even our nation’s laws are based on the commandments of God. The entire essence of the Gospel is love which […]

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Inspiring Your Kids to be Entrepreneurs

I have 2 goals with this post: first one is to give your kids some useful, productive things to watch during summer and/or quarantine, and secondly, to inspire them (and maybe you) to be productive and consider starting their own business.   The video below is so exciting to watch! It’s a show that features several kids who became successful entrepreneurs and dives into some detail about how and why they did it. My kids are absolutely loving it!   […]

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HELP! I’m Considering Homeschooling and I Don’t Know Where to Start

So, this year has gone crazy and you’re thinking about homeschooling, but it scares you to death? Take a deep breath–you’re not alone! I remember when I first decided. I couldn’t believe I was actually going to take this leap into the unknown. I read, I listened, I worried, I second-guessed. As a veteran home-school mom of 19 years, can I start by putting your mind at ease about a few things? 1. Social life. Your kids aren’t going to […]

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What to Do When You are Paralyzed by Your Problems

(Note: I wrote this post in 2017 and never published it. Maybe too personal at the time? But perhaps it could encourage someone reading now, so I decided to publish it.) It was night and you know problems loom larger at night. But this wasn’t just any problem. It was an ongoing, keep-you-up-at-night, “I don’t know if I have any fight left in me problem”, met suddenly with a Mt. Everest kind of problem on top. It was the kind […]

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Do We Live in Blind Faith? (Psst..It’s the only Faith That’s Real)

Faith might be a buzz word of Christianity, but so few of us know that real, living, pray-for-daily-bread kind of faith that we read about in Scripture and in the stories of the saints of the past. Perhaps our comforts have moved us beyond the need to trust like that. If you’ve never read the story of George Mueller, you simply must. It will shake the very foundations of what you thought you believed about faith. It will force you to […]

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Kick Start Your Homeschool Journey and Get Big Results

Quarantine. Self-isolation. Lock down. These are some pretty unfun words. If you are stuck at home, it’s not easy to watch your children fall behind in their education – or to know when the uncertainty will end. You want to help them study but it’s not so straightforward when you don’t know the lesson plans or what they’re being taught. Actually, it doesn’t have to be this way. There’s another way, one where you are in control of the outcome, […]

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