• Encouragement
  • 5 Back to Home School Tips To Avoid the Crazies!

    We’re all different, we’re all unique, and we are all precious in God’s sight. Yet, we all have different abilities, different strengths, and different lifestyles. Even within our niche of homeschooling, each of us has differing needs. From one mom homeschooling two children and teaching them every subject, to that mom (most often me) homeschooling […]

  • Encouragement
  • Is Stress Contagious?

    Is Stress Contagious?

    It’s common at our house that when one of us gets a bit irritated the rest of us get snippy just for company. So, I’ve been reading alot lately on stress. What causes it and how it can affect not only ourselves but those around us. Interesting facts surround the classroom (which translates into my […]

  • Curriculum
  • 15 Summers, and this is what I’ve learned…

    So, I’ve had children in school for over 15 years now… and every summer the same question arises. What to do during the summer? I have to admit more information is out now about summer learning loss then there was back 15 years ago (when we walked to school barefoot through 10 ft of snow – […]

  • Current Events
  • Absent without excuse

    Yes, I know – it’s been crickets around here for quite some time.  But, life has a way of sending floods on occasion instead of nice gentle showers. In the last few months we’ve sold our house and began the process of building a new home… and since Christmas have begun planning our oldest daughter’s […]

  • Current Events
  • Helpful Tips for Beginning to Homeschool Mid-Year

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    I’m assuming that you are thinking about homeschooling… maybe you’ve been discouraged with your children’s education for a long time… maybe you’ve just realized that things aren’t working. In any case… January is just as good a time to start as any!! …and from what I understand you can start homeschooling whenever you choose in […]

  • Encouragement
  • Giving the Gift of Encouragement

    I think we all struggle with this. We get caught up in the mundane, the day to day… work, school, eat, sleep – repeat. We forget that we are molding and shaping – influencing the next generation with each word, each action. Encouragement – affirmation – praise are fundamental needs in our children’s lives. We […]

  • Current Events
  • Encouraging an Attitude of Gratitude

    Fall is one of the best times of the year, and not just because the weather begins to cool off and the leaves turn amazing colors. Fall is the time of year we turn our hearts toward deeper things, and actually focus on gratitude and thankfulness. I know it’s something that we should be focusing […]

  • Encouragement
  • How not to Lose Your Focus in Life’s Chaos!

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      Life can be crazy. Chaos happens. But, it doesn’t have to get your home school off track. With our family of 8 we’ve been through this many times. Sickness, moving, or life events can all cause a serious disruption of home school life. Yet, it doesn’t have to blur our focus from what’s important. […]

  • Home Education
  • My Homeschool Game Plan in 5!

    So, it’s officially “Back to Homeschool!”  And, we’ve been having a great time – how about you? We have really swapped things up this year, and have tried a totally new combination. It’s been working great, but we are definitely taking some time to get into new habits. So, in a nutshell here’s our Fall 2016. 10th […]

  • Book Review
  • Review of Traces of Guilt by Dee Henderson

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    “Gabriel Thane is the sheriff and lifetime resident of Carin County Illinois, committed to upholding the law and keeping the residents safe. Lieutenant Evie Blackwell is a State Police Detective skilled at investigations.  She launches a new task force to reexamine unsolved crimes across the state.  She begins work with the sheriff’s department on a […]