Considering Homeschooling? Trust Your Calling

Recently a good friend of mine surprised me by asking if we could get together to talk about homeschooling. I wasn’t surprised that she might consider it, but I was surprised by the timing and eagerness to get it all figured out right now — months before the school year’s end. My friend summed up…

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There’s a New Teen in Town!

This week we celebrated the 13th birthday of our eldest daughter Audrey. Yes, we have a new teenager in town. It’s exciting and scary at the same time — the scary part being how quickly time is passing! To celebrate, we went bowling and played in the arcade with some of her closest friends. I feel…

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My New Year’s Resolution: Seek Him First in 2014

Have you ever 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 have you ever achieved a major milestone, only to find that the pure bliss you expected to experience upon its completion was short-lived? Are we…

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Family Highlights 2013: The Extended Version

This year’s Christmas card did not contain the traditional Year in Review newsletter — sorry all, there are just not enough hours in my day! Instead, our card had the following highlights list on the back: For those of you who miss our annual newsletter, here is the “extended version” of this year’s family highlights:…

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Seeking God’s Direction: Where do I Start?

When you are faced with major decisions regarding your homeschooling, your family, your own personal role and relationships, seeking God’s direction can seem very challenging. Even your daily decisions can get bogged down with the opinions and advice of others, self doubt, and conflicting messages from our culture. We spend hours in prayer, seek the…

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Five Reasons I’m Thankful For Homeschooling

As a NextGen Homeschooler, I am thankful for my own homeschooling experience as well as the opportunity to homeschool my own daughters now. Homeschooling has come a long way since the mid-80s when my mom started homeschooling: From more curriculum options and enrichment programs to public funding for homeschooling co-ops. Homeschooling is more accessible and…

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Making Time for Personal Daily Bible Reading

Earlier this summer, I shared what God has shown me about spending time with Him every morning — even though I’m not a morning person. My morning Bible reading time doesn’t have the same purpose as reading for a Bible study — it’s about filling my mind with God’s word so that my thoughts turn…

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Equipping Your Family to be Defenders of the Faith

As I’ve shared on my blog NextGen Homeschool, I was blessed to attend the Teach Them Diligently Convention for the first time this past spring. One message at the conference really stood out for me: Why it’s important to specifically equip our family to be defenders of the faith — sharpened arrows, standing on the…

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Maintaining Your Personal Prayer Time

Although personal prayer time has always been important to me, I have to admit that I was looking forward to marriage with an idealistic impression about what praying as a married couple would look like. I imagined us waking up early in the morning together to read the Bible and pray hand in hand —…

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Sing a New Song: The Importance of Worship

Music has always been important to me. Whether it’s a message communicated to me, a melody that captures a memory, or an expression of my own heart, music speaks to me louder than words. That’s why I think it’s really important to worship God with music and why I’ve made worship a regular part of…

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