Gearing Up for Gardening Season

Gearing Up for Gardening Season

The emergence of my favorite plants from their winter slumber, and catching the scent of damp earth, make my green thumb awaken from its winter rest. I feel like I understand how it feels for the sap to start rising in the trees, as my energy level starts to rise and my mind brims with …

Swiss Chard ~ Stained Glass of the Garden

Swiss Chard ~ Stained Glass of the Garden

My garden is like my own little church. When I’m out there weeding and sowing, I feel a peacefulness and closeness to God. I find myself praying and singing, and it comes as naturally as the birds’ songs. In my garden chapel, the beautiful foliage of Swiss Chard is the stained glass – it’s so …

The Eden Concept: A Biblical Marriage Manual

The Eden Concept: A Biblical Marriage Manual

There’s nothing like Valentine’s Day to put a spotlight on our marriages, and with all of the advertisements for flowers, jewelry, and chocolate, it’s hard to ignore the holiday. It’s great timing for the launch of a new book about marriage especially for Christians. After all, what better gift for our spouse than a strong, …

Homeschool Mascots ~ Learning with Pets

Homeschool Mascots

If you were to make a list of all the advantages of homeschooling, your list would be very long! With homeschooling comes a lot of freedom and the ability to do things that schools just can’t. Involving animals in your homeschool is just one of them. Maybe the first reason to do school with a …

A Backward Glance at 2017

A Backward Glance at 2017

The beginning of a new year reliably brings a time of introspection – a time for looking back at what I accomplished in the passing year, and what I hope to do in the next. If you’ve been following my blog for awhile then you may remember some of these posts, and if you’re a …

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 …