Archives for May 2017

Don’t Let Their Stories Die

Memorial Day is a time to remember: In 2000, I got my idea for what came to be my first historical novel, From Dust and Ashes. Wanting to know more about the 23 men who liberated Mauthausen concentration camp, I contacted the 11th Armored Division who put me in touch with six of the veterans. These men then invited me to attend the 59th reunion of their division. I wasn’t expecting that at all. I thought they’d point me to a {Read More}

Philippians 4:4 — Saturday Scripture

  Philippians 4:4 Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! Prayer Dear heavenly Father, Lord, help me be always full of joy in You. Help me to always rejoice—in any situation. Always be full of joy in the Lord. Philippians 4:4 Click To Tweet Are you new here? You might want to subscribe to my email updates, or follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, or Instagram. Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links {Read More}

The Most Important Part about Homeschooling

I started homeschooling in 1994. At the time there were no homeschooling blogs, very few curriculum choices, and not very many people to talk with about homeschooling questions. Homeschooling and a Love for Learning I remember one gathering of homeschool moms that I went to. We sat in Linda’s living room and just talked about homeschooling. Some moms had been doing it for a while, and they provided tips. In the midst of their tips there were about 71.3 kids {Read More}

5 Keys to Homeschooling Success

As a homeschooling mom for twenty years (with fifteen years to go), I have a lot of stuff. Books, papers, DVDs, CDs, schedules, papers, you name it. Yet even more consuming is organizing my thoughts and plans. There is so much you can do, how do you know what you should do? After twenty years of trial and error, here are 5 keys to homeschooling success: Let your natural bent guide you. As a writer I love everything literature-based. The curriculum {Read More}

Meditate on God’s Word | Psalm 1:2-3

Saturday Scripture Psalm 1:2-3 But whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers. Prayer Dear heavenly Father, Lord, help me be like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. May I delight {Read More}

Creating the Day You Want to Wake Up To!

I don’t know about you, but there’s a few things I don’t want to wake up to. A dirty kitchen is one. Piles of laundry is another. Then there is the day packed to the rim with things I have to do. Not fun things. Days like that are never fun. It’s even harder when I’m dragging my kids along with me. I’ve had many days like this. I wake up with all the things I have to do in {Read More}

A Mother’s Heritage | Psalm 127:3

Saturday Scripture Psalm 127:3 “Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him.” Prayer Dear heavenly Father, I am the woman and mother I am today because of the mothering figures you placed in my life. Thank you for those role models and how they impacted my life. Thank you for the gift of motherhood and the many ways I’ve grown from being a mother. Give me the wisdom to raise my children in line with Your Word. {Read More}

Preparing Your Teen’s Heart for Graduation

I’ve been a homeschooling mom for twenty-five years with two college graduates and one child in the process. (I also have a kindergartener and two preschoolers, but that’s a different blog!) How do you prepare your teen’s heart for college? My kids did (mostly) awesome in college. They got good grades, made good friends, and blossomed into godly adults. All my kids went to secular local and state colleges, yet their relationship with God grew. Looking back at their teen years, {Read More}

The Essential Amish Cookbook

The Essential Amish Cookbook Taste the goodness of Amish life. Bestselling cookbook author and food columnist Lovina Eicher brings together the best of Amish cooking in The Essential Amish Cookbook: Everyday Recipes from Farm and Pantry. Join Eicher as she shares traditional Amish recipes along with her own kitchen tips and secrets. Growing up, Eicher learned to cook and bake at an early age alongside her mother, longtime columnist and Amish cookbook author Elizabeth Coblentz, and has put those skills {Read More}

The Promise of Seasons | Genesis 8:22

Saturday Scripture Genesis 8:22 As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease. Prayer Papa God, thank you for your promise of new seasons and the ongoing cycle of death and rebirth. I am so grateful for both the natural seasons of life, as well as the spiritual ones. No matter what season I may find myself in, I know I am in your loving and protecting hands. {Read More}

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