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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

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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

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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-

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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,

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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

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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

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