Homeschooling Just Got Simpler! (Come See Our New Site)

Over the past year I have wanted to build another website/blog that was exclusively homeschooling, a place where my passion about the simple, relaxed homeschooling method can be concentrated, a place that could be an oasis for homeschooling moms. I did build that website and today it is live!!! I’m super excited and I hope you will be too. It is still in the baby stages, with much more to come, including regularly updated blog posts, so BE SURE to […]

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Grace and the Pursuit of Holiness: What a Difference it Makes When We Get it Wrong

If you grew up in a legalistic family, and then came to understand the destruction of that later, you might be confused about how grace fits into our pursuit of holiness. You might have fallen into another ditch: uber grace (a term I made up). I define that as an ideology that is so centered on the truth that we can do nothing to earn or improve on our salvation, that Christ has completed the work that leaves us standing […]

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5 Ways to Be a Really Great Mom (When You Feel Like a Bad One)

Now that I’ve been a parent for 23 years, I realize that all my good intentions about what kind of parent I was going to be before I actually had children was a lot more intention and less reality. The truth is, it seems so simple (and in some senses it is) to be a great mom until you’re in the thick of it and suddenly, “What. on. earth??!!” To begin with, no two children are alike. Ever. (I kept […]

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Our ENTIRE shop is 20% off for 5 days only

Many of you newer readers and maybe even those who have been around here for awhile, may not realize we have a shop with some really fantastic resources. You can see everything HERE and click on each type of item to see more details. For just 5 days, you can get anything from the store for 20% off! And some things are already discounted, so there are some really great buys this week. Use discount code “giveme20”. My personal recommendation […]

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“I Was Feeling Like a Failure as a Mom Until….” Naomi’s True Story

Sometimes, a story just moves you to share it. I receive fairly regular emails from moms in the trenches with questions or maybe just looking for a place to vent. I’ve been blogging here for 10 years (!) and not only do I get to hear from some of you wonderful ladies, I’ve developed some close friendships from this little corner here, and I’m so thankful for that. Naomi wrote me a heart-stopping email this week. I’ve changed her name, […]

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The Glory of Being Differently Woman

I never dreamed I’d live in a world where real live humans would be talking about “the harm of infant gender assignment”, saying of their expecting baby: “We’re going to wait and let it choose which gender it identifies with”, and calling you a cruel parent if you announce the gender of your child before this monumental event. “Obstetricians, doctors, and midwives commit this procedure on infants every single day, in every single country. In reality, this treatment is performed almost […]

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Eve in Exile: What Did God Make Real Women For? (Psst: Enter to Win a Free Copy!)

Congratulations to Rebecca, Sarah and Sar! Each won a copy of Eve in Exile. I wish I had copies to give every entrant! I hope you’ll grab a copy though, because it will seriously give you an outlook and renewed vision that we so desperately need in a culture that marginalizes women. It’s been a long time since I’ve gotten this excited over a book. Eve in Exile invigorated me to action, even though I already agreed with what she […]

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The Simple Trick to Getting Your Children to Obey Without Nagging

“Try as I may, I cannot stop myself from nagging the children.  You know those border-line things that aren’t outright disobedience, but just things they should know to do or not do.  I do NOT want to nag…and yet I can’t seem to stop.  What to do?!” This sounds like myself.  In fact, what I’m about to write? Easy to write, much harder to do.  Why is that?  This post is for me, as much as for anyone else. In […]

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The Only Way to Be Important: This is the Essence of Being a Christian

The Only Wa to Be Important: This is the Essence of Being a Christian

It’s common to hear “I have been called to the mission field.” That typically means one has been called overseas to minister to a different country. Have you ever compared your life to someone else’s, say that of a foreign missionary’s, and felt less than great? Less than important? The desire to be important isn’t inherently wrong, but the way we try to go about accomplishing it is. Jesus’s own disciples desired to be great. But he told them: “…whoever […]

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One Tragic Mistake We Make Measuring Our Child’s Intelligence That Cripples Them for Life

One Tragic Mistake We Make Measuring Our Child

Whether our children are in the school system or educated at home, we are all guilty of one blaring, tragic mistake: we measure whole, limitless, unique, creative children with a tiny, severely limited measuring stick and they know if they don’t measure up. And I believe this one mistake is crippling their potential, costing us and them. We live in a society that has come to measure intelligence by some standardized academic questions on a test with the assumption that […]

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