Finding Freedom in God’s Design for our Marriage

Thanks to the encouragement of a wise wife and mother who spoke to our homeschool support group this year, I got some clarification about what God’s Word says regarding God’s design for marriage and the purpose of our individual roles as husband and wife. As with most principles in God’s Word, the Holy Spirit wants to reveal more…

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Is Your Mama Heart Weary With Anxiety? Let Go: God’s Got This!

Trusting God and waiting on His answers has always been challenging for me as a Type A recovering perfectionist mama. However, I have learned through navigating some difficult life storms how vital God’s instructions are to our heart strength and even physical well-being — especially when it involves waiting on Him and having courage in the process (Psalm 27:14). A few years ago, I had…

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Parenting Teens: The Battle of Independence vs. Authority

I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s seen this parent-teen conflict pop up on Facebook: “My teenage daughter is addicted to her phone, and if we take it away for punishment, she acts like her life is over! Advice anyone?” Although the technology has changed, the battle between teen independence vs. parental authority is…

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Parenting Fears to Overcome with Tweens & Teens

When our children are young, danger is obvious. The guidance we provide is very tangible, and saying “no” is part of daily life. However, as our children enter the tween and teen years and begin to develop their own judgement, setting rules and guidelines for them gets more complicated. We have three daughters, and my…

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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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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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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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