Grounded for the Summer: Why I’m Forever Grateful

Often the process of being molded by God starts with a pile of crushed pieces, remnants of our self destruction, that He lovingly repurposes for HIS greater glory. And then we break, and He rebuilds, and our faith becomes more resilient with each step in our transformation. I remember my first “crush” — and by crush, I mean having…

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Why God Wants You and I to Be Morning People

I am not a morning person: Waking up early has never come naturally to me. But I’m convinced that God must be a morning “person” — and that He wants us to become morning people, too. I’ve fought the concept of morning devotions for many years and convinced myself that no matter when I made…

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Fear and faith on a snowy mountaintop

This week was my eldest daughter’s twelfth birthday, and to celebrate, we drove up to my sister’s house near Vail Mountain for a day on the ski slopes. My husband was out of town, but with good weather in the forecast and a birthday girl to please, I decided to take the trek up to…

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Saying Goodbye to Superwoman

When I began homeschooling in 2010, I was surprised how many of my non-homeschooling mom friends commended me for my decision. “You homeschool? Oh, that’s so great — you are so amazing to be doing that.” Or… “Wow, you must be really patient — I know I could never get my kid(s) to let me…

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Lessons from the meeting my schedule forgot

We’ve been “back to school” for several weeks now — we did schoolwork three days a week those last two weeks in August as a warm-up and review for the girls (and to test out my new school organization systems), and then we went on a 10-day family road trip that is becoming a tradition…

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New Year, No Resolutions?

This year — despite every goal-oriented, organized, to-do list tendency I possess — I’m throwing out the typical “New Year, New You” resolutions fix-it list and replacing it with a singular mission: Pressing toward the only goal that matters. According to Apostle Paul, it has nothing to do with self-improvement or achieving success: It’s the…

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NextGen Homeschool: A Curious Campfire Conversation

Our summer vacation culminated in a family road trip across scenic Colorado. We wanted to enjoy the end of summer in the snow-free mountains, see some friends along the way, and get some much-needed “unplugged” time before getting back to a full-time school schedule. The second stop on this journey was a camp on Lake…

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Today I start “A New Chapter”

“But now, O LORD, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you our Potter; and we all are the work of your hand.” — Isaiah 64:8 Every life has a story to tell. It’s not just a simple cliché: It’s an undeniable fact. We all get from point “a” (birth) to an eventual…

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Beat the New Year Blues

How many times have you anxiously awaited the arrival of a New Year — hoping for that all-important fresh start — only to be sorely disappointed when your resolutions go nowhere? Or even worse, how many times have you accomplished a resolution, only to find that the pure bliss you expected to experience upon its…

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