ADHD, featured, getting started homeschooling, homeschooling

In Defence of a 3-hour Homeschool Day

A question I get a lot is this: how long should a school day last when you're teaching at home? First of all, it's important to note that children have a learning limit. At some point, their brains will shut off, and, after that, time no new information is retained. So, what's the point of… Continue reading In Defence of a 3-hour Homeschool Day

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children, getting started homeschooling, homeschooling

12 bits of advice for homeschool moms of littles

To the Mama of Little Kids Who Plans to Homeschool; 12 bits of advice: (I'm coming at this as a homeschool graduate. My husband and I both are homeschool graduates. This advice was given to me by older moms, including my own mother and my mother in law, about homeschooling my children. Some advice I… Continue reading 12 bits of advice for homeschool moms of littles

illness

The Case for Autoimmunity

The Case for Autoimmunity I have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. Or do I? That's my diagnosis, but what I actually have is Autoimmunity. Hashimoto's is not a disease. It is a symptom of a disease. This fact seems to be lost on most doctors and many autoimmune patients. Hashimoto's is a symptom of autoimmunity in my thyroid just as… Continue reading The Case for Autoimmunity

children, parenthood

Hold Those Babies Tight

Multiple times over the last year I have held a momma's hand while she mourned the loss of her child. Some were unborn, some very young. Others were adult children. Over and over in these moments, I hear the reminder that our time here is short. We don't know how long God will give us… Continue reading Hold Those Babies Tight

children, homeschooling, illness

 ​You Are What Your Children Need

  As a result of my chronic illness, I constantly feel like I am failing my children. What keeps me going? Why do I keep homeschooling? Because look at the alternative. Do I honestly believe that they would be better somewhere else? They would be trampled and forgotten in public school. In my opinion, even… Continue reading  ​You Are What Your Children Need

faith, marriage, testimony

An Open Letter to My Christian Friend’s Husband

Are you willing to be crucified for your wife? To die a horrible death for her? How can you be willing to die for her when you won't even give her grace for being late or making a mistake or not doing something as perfectly as you wanted? Are you living a life that shows that you're willing to make that sort of sacrifice? That's the kind of love you are called to imitate. But, you are so wrapped up in your own selfish desires that you can't even be kind to her --let alone sacrifice for her.

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What Do You Do When Mom Can’t Do School?

Fall of 2011, I had three surgeries in four months complete with Vicodin and a nine month to a year recovery time. For a long time, I couldn't even grasp a pencil to write. It was nearly a year before I could use my hands again without pain.  Immediately after the first surgery, I was forced… Continue reading What Do You Do When Mom Can’t Do School?

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Lessons from a Broken Window: People Are More Important Than Stuff

My boys broke a window pane while wrestling. One lunged at the other. The other ducked, and the window got the raw end of the deal. I couldn't very well be angry since I accidentally broke my parent's window as a child. I actually found the whole thing rather amusing. I put plastic over it… Continue reading Lessons from a Broken Window: People Are More Important Than Stuff

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Too Much Information: 10 Unexpected Symptoms of My Illness That it’s Taboo to Talk About {Part 2}

{See page 1 of this list here.} 4.5. Weight (continuation of 4. Food) People who are not overweight don't realize what a stigma is attached to it. People avoid eye contact. They don't take me seriously. They scoff at me. They roll their eyes. I've even heard whispered comments about going to McDonald's too much. I… Continue reading Too Much Information: 10 Unexpected Symptoms of My Illness That it’s Taboo to Talk About {Part 2}