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An Unexpected Challenge of Homeschooling

There are lots of challenges when it comes to homeschooling: kids’ bad attitudes, keeping learning fun/interesting, assessing various learning styles, being patient as a teacher, choosing curriculum, etc. I could go on and on. But something that has taken me by surprise is just how difficult it can be to stay on top of checking the kids’ assignments. I have found that as the … Read More An Unexpected Challenge of Homeschooling

The Benefits of Long Term Lesson Planning

If you watched my YouTube video on How To Lesson Plan for Homeschool , you know that I opt to plan many weeks at a time. We have four kids, so lesson planning takes a significant amount of time. I, for one, would rather shove thorns under all my fingernails than have to lesson plan every week, because of the time consuming process that … Read More The Benefits of Long Term Lesson Planning

It’s Okay to Be Tired

I recently read this post from another homeschooling mom and was very encouraged. I hope you will be, too! (I share this with her permission.)


Using Technology in Homeschool

School is so different from when I was a kid- in large part to the boom in technology. I remember typing English lit papers on our dinosaur computer (even by standards then, it was a dinosaur) with the spindled printer paper. The computer lab at my small-town highschool was fairly new, and I didn’t have the foresight to see how important taking a computer … Read More Using Technology in Homeschool


Creating Margin in Your Family

Our culture is so ridiculously busy. We have gone from an attitude of “Idle hands are the Devil’s workshop” to lives that are too busy to be concerned with anyone else but me. The tendency toward a packed schedule has been my life story. Even as a child, I was a extremely active: afterschool jobs, sports, music lessons, speech, drama, band, 4H, and church … Read More Creating Margin in Your Family

Homeschool: God’s Mandate For Parents

That’s a big title, I know. And I bet you didn’t know that God requires that His people homeschool their kids. But it’s there. Just look at Deuteronomy 6:4-9~ 4 “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 5 You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 … Read More Homeschool: God’s Mandate For Parents


Our Homeschool Schedule for 2017-2018

One of the things I found myself wondering early on in homeschooling, was how did other families schedule their time?  So today, I am sharing with you how we schedule our time (no need to wonder anymore)!  😉 7:30- Family Bible time 8am- PE 8:45- Xtra math (Hannah and Sarah), math assignment (Gideon and Izzy) 9am- Everyone works on math assignment 9:30- Math assignment … Read More Our Homeschool Schedule for 2017-2018

Building Gratitude Into Your Kids

Who doesn’t want a grateful kid?  Every parent longs for their child to show appreciation for the kindness extended to them- whether by friend, family or stranger. But a thankful heart is not something that happens by accident.  It takes teaching, nurturing and consistent practice. When Thanksgiving rolls around, we’re prone to reflect on the good gifts that God has given us.  Below are … Read More Building Gratitude Into Your Kids


Let’s Catch Up! (I Have So Much to Tell You…)

Here in Queretaro, Mexico, the days are long by the week is short. I will do my best to fill you all in, but not be long winded.😉 Sunday Liesl and I helped lead worship with the worship team at Vertical Connection and Lumina Churches. Vertical Connection had two morning services at 10am and 12pm in the city of Queretaro.  After second service, our … Read More Let’s Catch Up! (I Have So Much to Tell You…)


Day 2: Welcome to Queretaro!!

Flying to Queretaro, take 2. Praise God we had a great night’s sleep. We were on the bus to the airport by 8:30am. Despite waking up to flash flood warnings and a serious downpour, our flight took off on time- Praise. The. Lord.  When we landed in Queretaro, we went through the short customs line and quickly claimed our baggage.  Unfortunately, 5 pieces of … Read More Day 2: Welcome to Queretaro!!


Misadventures OR God’s Adventures??

Day 1 of this Mexico missions trip did NOT go as planned. We boarded our 7am flight and waited in our plane for two hours as they rerouted our trip around a storm, only to find out that the radio transmitter was not working. This meant our transmitter would need to be fixed, replaced, or everyone on the flight would need to change flights. … Read More Misadventures OR God’s Adventures??

Headed Back to Belize

     This past fall, through the generosity of friends and family, Joe and I were blessed to travel to Belize and Mexico to evangelize and train pastors. While the back to back trips were very different, both were equally rewarding. While in Belize we spent time in local villages teaching individual groups of men, women and children. My personal responsibility was teaching women. … Read More Headed Back to Belize