The “S” Word ~ What about Socialization?

What about Socialization?

What about socialization? I, too, asked that question when I began investigating homeschooling. Reading what homeschool veterans had to say about it really helped me to see socialization from a different viewpoint. Since then, I’ve helped many other parents get started in homeschooling and I can tell you that almost every one of them has …

The Miracle of Homeschooling

The Miracle of Homeschooling

There’s often a push for legislation that would require homeschooling parents to be certified teachers. I think the assumptions behind it are that only certified teachers are capable of teaching children, and that a student’s learning ability is limited by what the teacher knows. I want to share through personal examples, scripture, and research, why …

5 Easy Ways to Brighten Winter Days

5 Easy Ways to Brighten Winter Days

I love having the four seasons to mark the passing of the year, to give variety in the weather and in my daily tasks. Each season brings joys and challenges, much like life itself. I have heard that there is a high rate of depression in the winter months, and I can understand why. The days …

Homeschool Graduates in College ~ From the Professors’ Perspective

How do homeschool graduates perform in college? Are they well enough prepared to compete with other students? I wanted to find out what college professors had to say about them. Through Facebook, I found some who’d had experience with them in their classes and were willing to answer a short survey. With the responses I …

City Girl, Country Woman ~ Living the Homesteading Dream

I grew up as a city girl, but I always longed for the country. My mother was a city girl who married my father, a country boy, and I’m an equal mix of them both. Childhood Memories My Dad grew up on a farm in northeast Kansas and I was always fascinated when we visited …

Homeschooling as a Ministry

Homeschooling as a Ministry

Have you believed the enemy’s lie that if you stay home with your children that you’re not doing anything important? The truth is quite the opposite, you know – there is nothing more important that you could be doing. Even some of us who know better can find ourselves succumbing to his lies without realizing …

Looking Back, Looking Forward ~ 2016 in Review

Looking Back, Looking Forward ~ 2016 in Review

The new year is a time when many people make “New Year’s Resolutions,” but I quit doing that a long time ago. For me, that term has become synonymous with “January goal,” because not many of them make it past the end of the month. They’ve become a bit of a joke, don’t you think? …

The Greatest Gift of All ~ Jesus Christ

The Greatest Gift of All ~ Jesus Christ

As I deck the halls and shop the malls, I think about the true meaning of Christmas. Even though we don’t know exactly when Jesus was born, December 25th is when we celebrate His birth, the greatest gift to mankind. The stores are filled with Santa Claus as the symbol for Christmas, and for many …

Cranberry-Grape Salad ~ A Holiday Favorite

Cranberry-Grape Salad

This is a recipe from my husband’s family. It’s a favorite that everyone in his family expects to find on the table for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. I actually asked for my mother-in-law’s permission so that I could safely share her recipe for Cranberry-Grape Salad with you without fearing for my life. (Just kidding!) It’s …

A Special Christmas Announcement

A Special Christmas Announcement

In December of 1997, Scott and I had a special announcement to make. We had just found out that we were expecting. It was already going to be a special Christmas because it was the first one in a new home that we had just built. Both sides of our families were going to be …