For the Mom Wondering ‘Why’?

I have been prayerfully quiet around here lately.  I love this little blog and all of the years of encouragement and online fellowship it has provided.  Aside from starting my new dyslexia site, I have been waiting on God to show me what to do with this space. Many of you are here because […]

5 Days of Creating Balance in Your Homeschool

You may be wondering why I am writing about balance in the homeschool while we are still enjoying our summer breaks and, more likely than not, fantasizing about how next year is going to be the perfect year – finally.  You know you’re thinking it.  How do I know this?  I’ve been homeschooling for […]

A Message for the Young Moms

  I sat up in bed tapping out a text to my young adult daughter.  She was late, again, and despite all reason, I was worried. The family photos lining my bedroom walls bring back memories of days gone by.  Where did the time go?  It was as if she had just been born […]

Dear Distracted Mama

Photo Credit Dear distracted mama, I see you walking with your purse overloaded, your hands full and the children, oblivious, hopping and skipping along side you. The cries “Mom, look!  Mom, look!” are unable to pierce the bubble of distraction that surrounds you. I know what it is like to feel as if you bear […]

Best Deal Ever on Inspirational, Family Friendly DVDs

  As a homeschooling mom of many, I am often on the lookout for viewing materials that inspire and encourage the character traits my husband and I are working to establish in our children’s lives.  I don’t need to tell you that that is not always easy. As the homeschooling mom of teen sailors, Zac […]

Making Christmas Meaningful: Week Two: Let Go

  We’ve made our plans.  The calendar is bulging with activities.  We’re taking time each day to focus on the real meaning of Christmas – centering ourselves and our families so as hopefully not to miss the true wonder of the season. Decorating, planning, baking, sending Christmas cards, caroling, buying, wrapping, mailing, performances.  All these […]

Making Christmas Meaningful Series: Week One: Focus

  It crept up on me without me really realizing it until the reality was that I dreaded Christmas.  The closer we got to Thanksgiving the more overwhelmed I felt.  As a child, I loved Christmas and looked forward to it all year long.  As a young mom I loved sharing that joy and […]

Evaluating Christmas Traditions for a More Meaningful Christmas

  There is a lot of talk this time of year about the true meaning of Christmas.  The fact that we are even having these conversations must mean that there are plenty of people feeling less than satisfied with their Christmas experience.  After all of the hustle and bustle, the deals and steals, the parties, […]

Enough is as a Feast: Finding Contentment in the Simple Things

  Enough is as a feast. When I heard this quote (whose origin I cannot determine) something inside me stood up and took note.  Born and raised in the affluence of the United States (and Southern California to boot) the concept of hardship or lack is highly relative.  As a culture that swings from […]

Dear Homeschool Mom Who Can’t Get it All Done

  There are certainly seasons in life where I feel confident of my abilities as a wife, mother and homeschooler etc.  Just as certainly as there are seasons when I don’t.  These past few weeks have found me bordering on the verge of mommy burnout.  This never ceases to frustrate and irritate me.  I […]

Sometimes you Just Need to Take a Break

  Has it only been 4 weeks since we began homeschooling?  Yikes!  It has.  It feels more like I’ve been homeschooing for, like…18 years.  Oh, yeah, I have been homeschooling for 18 years. <grin> There seemed to be a lot of heart work going along with our academic work this week.  I have spent quite […]

Washing Your Kids in the Word

As a mom of many, with everything from adult kids to preschoolers, I have a unique perspective on how short our time really is with these kids.  I also have come to understand that if we sacrifice time in the Word and prayer with our kids for other academic (or other) pursuits – we will […]