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}

Just Because Gifts … Let’s Take the Time to Be Thankful

Do you have someone in your life who has been a shining light? Someone who has given of themselves and really made a difference? Whenever I consider who has been this for me, I think of my friend Christie Erwin. Christie is the founder and director of Project Zero. Project Zero’s mission is this: 1+1=0. One waiting child plus one welcoming family equals zero kids in foster care waiting for forever homes. Christie works hand-in-hand with Arkansas Division of Children {Read More}

How to Start a Teen MOPS Group

  I get emails all the time from people asking how they can start a Teen MOPS group. Well, here’s some info. How to start a Teen MOPS group: If you’ve followed me for any time on Facebook or Twitter, you’ve heard me talk about Teen MOPS. Teen MOPS is a support group for teenage mothers. It’s part of MOPS International. Basically Teen MOPS is a support group for our youngest moms. I started a Teen MOPS group in Kalispell, {Read More}

Craving Connection! Let’s make 2017 about people {+giveaway!}

What are you most excited about in 2017? I’m SO excited about the people in my life, and there are a lot of them. In 2016 we finalized the adoption of our four girls. So now we have 10 kids, eight of them are at home. I’m currently homeschooling kids ages 6, 6, 9, 12, 13, 13 and 16. Wow! That’s a lot of people who need my attention. Yet even though these kids can be all consuming, I’ve learned {Read More}

Recognizing Faulty Decision-Making

  “It’s not my fault!” ranks in my Top 10 Most Frequently Used Phrases, and may well be #1. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not the kind of person who always has to be right. But heaven protect anyone who implies that I might be wrong. My favorite family game? “Pin-the-Blame-on-Someone-Else”! Asking myself the hard questions But over the last few years, I’ve started asking a hard question when I start feeling overwhelmed by the latest curve ball life’s {Read More}

Growing Mission-Minded Hearts

One of the most important directives of the Bible is Mark 16:15, which says, “[Jesus] said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.’” How do we know it’s one of the most important? Because these are Jesus’ parting words to His disciples. He was leaving the earth for heaven, but He wanted the work to continue. Jesus has a heart for missions, and He wants us—and our children—to have the same. I’m a {Read More}

Best Read Alouds {Picture & Chapter Books}

One of my favorite times of the day is when I get the kids settled in a night and it’s time to read. Bedtime reading has been a tradition that we’ve done for the last 20+ years. We make sure all electronics are turned off, the kids get ready for bed, and we sit down as a family to read. It’s amazing how many wonderful books we get to share as a family! I asked my readers on Facebook to share {Read More}

Homeschooling in the Shade by Hettie Brittz {Plus a Giveaway!}

Have you ever found another homeschooling mom who gets you and who could handle the truth about how you’re really doing? That would be like finding a shady tree on the side of the road to rest under. I’m still looking, most of the time. I try to pretend I am quite okay to Lone Ranger it in the relentless sun on this journey, but truth be told, it would be great to take a break from this pretending. I’d {Read More}

How to Avoid Going Broke this School Year {by Jessi Fearon}

Summer has been flying by and depending on where you are, the school year is quickly creeping up on us (here in Georgia, school started the first week of August!). And I know for me, last school year was hard. Maybe it was because it was the first school year for our family of five so I wasn’t exactly sure how to budget for it or maybe it was because there really are so many various and unexpected school-related expenses {Read More}

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