How to Find Joy When Your Life No Longer Seems Like Your Own

So this week my family had 20+ appointments. I wish I was joking. Five kids have three days of therapy, an appointment each day. One daughter had a tooth pulled and a cavity filled. Four kids had their yearly eye appointments. And, finally, two more kids had doctor’s appointments. I suppose when you have seven kids at home that’s to be expected. They all need check ups. And, even though we knew that most of them had physical and learning {Read More}

My One Decision That Changed Everything

My One Decision That Changed Everything an Excerpt from Walk It Out: The Radical Result of Living God’s Word One Step at A Time In everyone’s story comes a defining moment when life takes a turn. I didn’t see the twist coming, and looking back it almost seems too ordinary an event to be considered “the moment.” But as I ponder all that has happened since then, I have no doubt that everything changed one quiet, early morning in 1999—the {Read More}

When Your Child Needs To Apologize | Amber Lia

(This article is taken from excerpts in best-selling author, Amber Lia’s, new book, Parenting Scripts: When What You’re Saying Isn’t Working, Say Something New!) Have you ever been in public and told your child to apologize to another child, only to see your son or daughter’s lips tighten all the more? Uncomfortable, isn’t it? In those moments, we stand there, helpless and, mortified. In our home, the need for forgiveness is as common as mealtimes. The cycle of offense and {Read More}

You’ve Changed! {Three GOOD habits to overcome the BAD habits that plague you}

I’m glad we’re friends now, but you might not have felt the same if we would have met when I was in high school. I wasn’t following God. I was very much into my boyfriend. I cussed and watched horrible movies. I even got into a fist fight. (Okay, the truth was I got into two.) I’m not proud of the person I was, and I have to admit it wasn’t easy to change. Even after I became a Christian {Read More}

Parents be Compassionate with Yourself | Kim Fredrickson

Why it is Important for Parents to be Compassionate with Themselves Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. ~ 2 Corinthians 1:3–4 We’re Not Perfect We are all imperfect parents with imperfect children. We all deserve compassion, parents and children alike. {Read More}

5 Simple Prayers That Will Make You a Better Parent

Being a parent is hard. It’s easy to get focus on the daily struggles and frustrations and forget that each day is an opportunity to teach, guide and grow my children into the unique people God created them to be. I often come up with goals for how to relate and react to me kids, but goals only go so far. I usually end up ditching them before one day passes. Instead, I’ve discovered the best action for becoming a {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}

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}

How to Ruin Your Teens for Life

How to Ruin Your Teens for Life 1. Hide your past mistakes. Put on an act that you are perfect and your teenagers are the ones with all the problems. (After all, if your teens hear what you did in your past, they might want to follow.) 2. Don’t worry about where they are going and what they are doing. You didn’t want to be hounded at that age. You didn’t want to be asked all those questions. Instead, trust {Read More}

5 Ways to Let Go in a Life-Giving Way {+ a giveaway} from Vicki Caruana

Letting go has the reputation of being the result of defeat or the result of disappointment or grief. But it is also seen as a healthy act, one that allows for growth, opportunity, or transition to a new state or next level. When it comes to our kids, we have been letting go since they were born. Letting go is a process, not an event. Letting go can be life-giving and empowering. Letting go without warning – that can be {Read More}

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