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 […]

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 […]

Encouragement for Busy Moms

We run through our days – modernday super women – juggling the needs and desires of our families to the very best of our ability.  Or do we? Have you ever just left the dishes in the sink, left the TV on for another hour, or fed your children cold cereal for lunch?  All the […]

How to Find the Perfect Homeschool Curriculum

      It will come as no surprise to you that my life has been more than a little crazy-busy lately.  With eight kids, three businesses and a creative, entrepreneurial husband to help, my days pass by at what seems like light speed.  My to-do list looms ominously every day until I tame it […]

When Motherhood Frightens

  Having launched two of our eight children into the ‘adult world’ leaves me with a unique perspective on parenting.  The increased wisdom that comes with age and experience leaves me less than idealistic about my parenting.  Frankly, there are times when motherhood just scares me. If motherhood scares you too, you might want to […]

What You Need to Know When You Make a Stand for Faith

  Why is it that when I’m asked to speak to a group about what God has done in my life and the life of my family, that my reaction goes from being totally excited about the possibility of impacting the lives of others to anxiety and insecurity as the day approaches? Photo Credit If […]

Dear Mom Who Can’t Get it All Done

  There are certainly seasons in life where I feel confident of my abilities as a mother, wife, homeschooler etc.  Just as certainly as there are seasons when I don’t. When things start to head south, I find myself digging deep to remember the things that really matter, to hold on to my vision, to […]