Called to Curate ~ This Dangerous Book

Called to Curate ~ This Dangerous Book

Sometimes our lives take twists and turns that we never could have expected. That’s what happened to Steve and Jackie Green who found themselves hunting down biblical artifacts, even though neither of them had any prior experience. Both of their families had a love for the Bible, but they didn’t foresee that they would delve …

The Gift of Compassion

The Gift of Compassion

Have you ever taken a spiritual gifts survey? I’ve taken different ones over the years – self-assessments that help you identify your spiritual gifts. I recently retook one and as I sat there studying the results, they were pretty much what I expected. Teaching and encouraging were at the top. Those come easily to me …

Thanksgiving Every Day

Thanksgiving Every Day

One of the things I love about living on a homestead, is feeling a closer connection to God’s provision. While I still visit the grocery store to pick up a few things now and then, that list has dwindled over the years since we moved to the country. I feel gratitude while growing, foraging, and preserving …

Conquering the Homeschool-Through-High-School Giant

Conquering the Homeschool-Through-High School Giant

Do you feel anxious as you look into the eyes of the homeschool-through-high-school giant? If so, you’re not alone. The idea of homeschooling through high school is intimidating, especially if your child plans to attend college. In my Facebook group for homeschooling families, Happy at Homeschooling, many are seeking encouragement for homeschooling through high school. I know …

A Letter to Grandparents of Homeschoolers

A Letter to Grandparents of Homeschoolers

If your grandchildren are being homeschooled, you may have concerns. Especially, if you haven’t had any experience with homeschooling and the only information you have is from the widely-spread myths. As a retired homeschool mom, I’ve remained connected with homeschooling families, and started blogging, partly, to encourage them. I’ve written a lot of posts for …

On a More Personal Note

On a More Personal Note

Blogging has been a personal journey for me. I started because I enjoyed writing and sharing my home and hobbies, and also because I wanted to become more “techy.” Can an old dog learn new tricks? Well, sure she can! (And who are you calling an old dog?! LOL!) At the point of my life …

Garden in Review

Every year starts out the same, full of hope and anticipation. In spring I watch expectantly as the perennials revive from their winter dormancy, and the bulbs push their way through the soil. I’m excited to see what plants survived the winter, whether newcomers fit in, and how the different colors and forms of flowers …

Rockport Revisited ~ Rebuilding from Disaster

Rockport Revisited ~ Rebuilding from Disaster

How does a community survive a direct hit from a class 4 hurricane such as Harvey? How long does it take to rebuild and restore? The day after Hurricane Harvey made landfall, my husband left our home in Missouri to go to Rockport, Texas, to check on our business. He didn’t know what he would …

From Tree to Table ~ Homemade Applesauce

From Tree to Table ~ Homemade Applesauce

My friends and I are having an Around the Harvest Table blog party, with each of us contributing a dish to the fall-themed dinner, and you’re invited! At the end of this post are links to the other dishes, making it easy to visit each of them. The Challenge I had a hard time deciding …

To Train Up a Mom ~ What Becomes of Retired Homeschool Moms?

To Train Up a Homeschool Mom

While I was “training up” my children, I was also being trained. I just didn’t realize it at the time. While homeschooling our two children, I would occasionally look to the future and wonder what would become of me when they graduated. After being out of the workforce for over twenty years, what would I …