Resist the Temptation to Play the Blame Game

Blame is nothing new. We learn in Genesis that from the beginning, a fundamental trait of our sin nature is to place blame for our actions on a person or a circumstance. That same abandonment of personal accountability is prevalent in our culture today. Social media only makes this temptation harder to resist, when opportunities to finger-point…

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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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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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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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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: 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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