2019-2020 Homeschool Year Overview

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This will be a different kind of school year. Not all my children will be in my homeschool and I’m not doing any larger classes with other kids (besides our continued mini co-op with another family). My oldest will be taking a full load at the community college with their dual enrollment program. He’ll be out the door (driving himself, praise the Lord) at 6:30am. My youngest has been baby-stepping into school routines and will continue the next few baby … Read More

5 Things I Learned in May

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It’s another month! Time to pause and reflect and rejoice. #1 – Dual enrollment paperwork isn’t that bad. My oldest son will begin the dual enrollment program at the local community college, which means I had to enroll him in the school district. I wasn’t sure what they’d want to see for his high school work or what they’d want for paperwork, but was pleasantly surprised. He is enrolled, and we have to continue the appropriate bureaucracy through the high … Read More

Can my personality change?

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Because I like to geek out on Myers-Briggs personality stuff, I hear some comments fairly often from those who probably just want me to stop. “I don’t have a personality,” they say. Or, “I used to be a feeling type but now I’m not.” I’ve even had people tell me they used to be extroverts but are now introverts. There’s one thing I know all Myers-Briggs sources say: Your basic personality type does not change. But that’s not people’s experience, … Read More

5 Things I Learned in April

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We’re smack in the middle of our “verdure” term, which is aptly named. The world outside is greening up and though we are all ready to wind up this school year, we are pushing through for strong growth ourselves in this “growing season.” One more week after this week of lessons for us, then a testing week, and then on to summer and school planning. #1 – As Christians, we can be more than resilient or robust – we can … Read More

5 Things I Learned in February

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Well, long time no blog post. I’ll spare the excuses (some of them you can infer from the rest of this post) and tell you what I’m always telling myself, “Now I’ll be back on track and not miss a planned publish date.” Ha! Brandy gives a top 5 every week. Anne Bogel shares 7 things she’s learned every month. I, however, only have 5 to share on a monthly basis. In no particular order, here are 5 things I … Read More

The best encouragement for homeschool moms.

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So, let’s be honest. How many of you have felt like you’ve failed your kids? Wait, what? I thought this was about encouragement for homeschool moms. It is. Hang with me, here. Before there is good news, we must recognize the bad news. Despite what you see (or interpret to yourself) on social media or during quick greetings at co-ops or church, you are not alone. Ask someone else this question. Ask a mom who has finished her homeschooling years. … Read More

Character Building Is Inescapable

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Yes, life is a story – it is a story God is telling for His own purposes and for His own glory. What does that mean for us? It means we are characters. Each one of us. Especially in homeschool circles we tend to speak of character as something that we create, something that we must form. We seek out curriculums and programs because character is something we want our children to have. But here’s the reality: They already do. … Read More

Navigating the Holidays with Love

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by Abby Wahl Holidays can be joyous, a time of year we look forward to celebrating. They can also be difficult to navigate, filled with anxiety and certain people we come to dread. Over the years I have had to learn to deal with difficult people and situations. I have found that some people we love the most can love us the worst. Learning to navigate the holiday season takes a special measure of grace. Today I am sharing some … Read More

5 Things I Learned in November

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I suppose I can’t say something about how I can’t believe the month is over – every month. I’m getting to that point in life, though, where the eye-roll clichés just seem like truths that need to be stated. We started out with a mild, warmish fall, but have now definitely hit the cold – but not cold enough for snow or ice. That’s something I am personally grateful for, even though my kids would love some snow. Talking into … Read More

October in Books

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October was a much better reading month. My deliberate efforts to cut my time wasters, to choose reading instead as a rest activity, and to include reading in the morning and evening are paying off. The pay off is not just that I finished twice the number of books, but also that my mind feels fed and full and I find it easier to have interesting conversation in various contexts rather than mere detail-swapping (which definitely has a place in … Read More

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