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Dirt Road Days of Homeschooling

Dirt Road Days of Homeschooling

Dirt Road Days   by Audra Talley   Ah, the sweet lazy days of summer where the cool shade of the tree in the backyard beckons me. I decide that today is one of those days, so I head to the back yard, blanket in hand. My kids, who were scattered all over the house, somehow know I have exited and come traipsing after me. For the next hour we lay under that tree, everyone gazing up through the leafy

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When You Meet a Mountain

When You Meet a Mountain

When You Meet a Mountain by Audra Talley   The choice to homeschool is a big one. We may start off with a preschooler or have older children already halfway through their schooling. While we can be crazy-enthusiastic about the challenge, we often approach the homeschool road with a healthy dose of trepidation, even fear. And it is certainly not unfounded fear. The enormity of the responsibility of both parenting and educating our children can be overwhelming. The huge range

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The Other Side of Service

The Other Side of Service   by Niccole Perrine   For those of us who find pure joy in giving blessings to others- it’s a burden to accept someone’s help. It’s acutely painful to watch others step in and take on our needs. If you’re like me- you want to avoid this pain as much as possible.   In the ideal world, we would be self-sufficient, able to tackle every obstacle. But the facts remain: We don’t live in an

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Stay the Course

  Stay the Course by Audra Talley   Gah! Some days I am ridiculously unmotivated . . . for housework, schoolwork, wifework . . . pretty much anything. On the sunshiny days I want to lie in the greening grass and soak up months of missing vitamin D. On the rainy days I just want to huddle under a blanket with a cup of coffee and a . . . blank stare. My kids are struggling, too. With months of

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Why You Should Go to a Homeschool Convention

Why You Should Go to a Homeschool Convention By Audra Talley   Three years ago, with a soon-to-be second grader, another ready to start school, and a 10 month-old on my hip, I went to my first homeschool convention. Another homeschool mom encouraged me to go, so I went out of curiosity, hoping to find new ideas. Mostly I went out of sheer desperation. The program I had used for my oldest had become frustrating and it was clear it wouldn’t

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Spring Homeschool Tune-Up

    Spring Homeschool Tune-Up A Checklist for Diligence   Spring is slow in coming, but with it finally on the horizon I am having a hard time not totally giving into the spring cleaning itch. If I did, school would not get done and half our belongings would be at the second-hand store. Of course, with spring comes a new round of reevaluating our school and household routines. What worked? What didn’t? Why? What should we do different? And when

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Prayer Journaling for Teens

Teens—A Rich Way to Record 2017 (Prayer Journaling)   As we settle into 2017 with goal lists and good intentions, we already have stacks of memories and most of us enjoy reviewing them at the end of the year. Instagram, blogs, diaries, scrapbooks and bullet journals all aid in documenting our paths as the months roll by.   As a dabbler in many of these memory savers, I think I found my favorite way to record my highs and lows.

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The Mundane Begets the Miraculous

The Mundane Begets the Miraculous   by Katherine Dlugolonski   Come along with me on a journey. I know that we’ve just met, and that you don’t yet know me. But I hope that in the end, it will be worth it for you.   Even at this hour, it is hot and dusty. She pushes her thick curls off her forehead, which is already sweating. She woke up an hour before, to mill the flour and join it with the oil. She

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While You’re Still Waiting

    When You’re Still Waiting   Simeon and Anna waited their whole lives for the Savior who would shine in the darkness.   My church family waits for the return of those loved college students and one to return from Africa for Christmas break.   A friend waits to hear the doctor’s results for her diagnosis of cancer.   David also spent up close and personal time with waiting. In Psalm 69, he was weary with his crying, his

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Memorizing God

Memorizing God   He gently traced the spidery veins on the back of my hand, blue and smooth beneath the transparent, pale skin. To my left, another little boy smoothed my braid, over and over, sometimes burying his nose in the honey brown strands, and sometimes brushing the soft ends on his cheeks, as a smile crossed his face.   There in that pew on a Sunday morning, my little boys were lovingly memorizing pieces of their mama. I know

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