Do You Intersect with Your Spouse?

I was recently inspired by author and speaker Heidi St. John during a “Busy Homeschool Mom’s Guide to Romance” talk she gave at the Teach Them Diligently Convention in Omaha, to take a closer look at the strength of the intimacy I share with my husband. I hadn’t planned to attend this session because as…

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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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Twelve years with our furry first “daughter”

Last night we said goodbye to our furry first “daughter,” our Siberian husky Pinge (ping-gah). Her name means “falling snow” in the native language of the Siberian Chukchi people, so it seems especially appropriate that snow was falling on her last day with us, creating a peaceful, powdery soft white blanket for her to slowly…

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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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NextGen Homeschool: Gearing up for back-to-school

This past week — per my three girls’ eager request — we started school a few weeks earlier than I had planned. I’m sure the fact that their neighborhood friends had already started back to the local public school had something to do with it. But whatever the reason, I was glad to see they…

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NextGen Homeschool: A Day in the Life…

This week I’m participating in Q&A Friday at Simple Homeschool, and this week’s topic is Your Homeschool “Day in the Life.” I had planned to write earlier this week but a little bout of illness went through the family, so I am literally writing about today. Funny thing is, I couldn’t have picked a better…

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God’s Gifts This Week: Jan. 14-22

This is a new practice for me: Making a habit of thanksgiving. As I look back at this week’s list, some captured through the camera’s eye and others quickly tapped into my iPhone, I can see that I haven’t quite slowed down enough to take note of all His gracious gifts. I know there were…

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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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