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Holidays, Homeschooling, and Special Needs

  Holidays, Homeschooling, and Special Needs   by Heidi Forney   With any family, the holidays can be full of hustle and bustle as you try finish up gifts and cards for your family and friends, cooking that special dish for the potluck at church on Sunday, or putting the finishing touch on your decorations or a special feast for Christmas dinner. Besides all that, you also are busy trying to get the kids to do their schoolwork and finish

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A Tapestry of Blessing

A Tapestry of Blessing by Audra Talley   Fall is my favorite time of year. The temperatures drop, the year’s harvest is being preserved for the winter, color bursts from every corner, our home school routine is established, and the kids are more content to be cozy inside.   Fall is also one of those times that thoughts begin to turn towards sweet memories, family, traditions, and the culmination of it all: Thanksgiving. And with Thanksgiving our thoughts turn to

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A Stepping Stone

  A Stepping Stone By Katherine Dlugolonski   While those in most of our country know to attribute the First Thanksgiving to the Mayflower Pilgrims of Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1621, I often wonder if many understand why on earth the Pilgrims undertook such a journey. The pat answer, given by rote, would be for religious freedom, yes? And this was a large part of it. But there is something so much deeper that has been largely ignored by recent generations.

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A True Thing

{Tell Me} A True Thing   by Elise Hooper   Her tears quickly soaked the hair on the nape of my neck as I met her in the hallway and scooped her into my arms. She sobbed husky into my shoulder and clung tight, long legs wrapped around my waist.   Her cries had wakened me from a dream of my own, and I felt shaky myself standing there, blinking rapidly and patting her back.   Shhhhhh, precious, I whispered as

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Be Connected Stay Connected

Be Connected, Stay Connected   by Audra Talley   As part of a small group of homeschooling moms who take turns hosting monthly get-togethers, I am constantly blessed by the ministering hearts of other moms in the group. In October, when my friend Kathy hosted, it was no different. We read stories, learned about pumpkins, textures with rubbings, graphed the weight of pumpkins, and created a fall leaf craft. She also made Biblical application with pumpkins. John 15:1 says that,

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Mary vs Martha

Mary vs Martha and Not Becoming a Hot Mess By Niccole Perrine   As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has

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Gratitude and Remembrance Idaho’s Homeschool History

Gratitude and Remembrance   by Audra Talley   Earlier this year, the CHOIS convention hosted a display designed by ICHE, chronicling Idaho’s turbulent home school history. It is one in which people took a stand, fought for their rights, and won. It made Idaho one of the best and freest sates in which to home educate. I was home schooled in the midst of those tumultuous days. I was young and geographically removed from much of it, but I recalled faint

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The Unexpected Fruit of Praying for Our Children

Fruit   by Elise Hooper   Be alert when you pray for your children.   I snuggled in my favorite chair, slipper-shod and robed. My Bible and journal lay on my lap, and I closed my eyes, tipping my head back, content, as I began to pray over the day. And for my children.   Lest you think that is all there is to it, I will tell you that on the sixteenth of last month, I prayed for my

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Going It Alone

  Going It Alone by Heidi Forney   First of all let me say (thankfully!) we are NEVER really alone. Praise the Lord He IS there always with us in this adventure called homeschooling and with our special needs children and family members. I cant imagine having survived these last nearly 20 years with my special kiddo without the Lord with me every step of the way (although sometimes I was running on pure adrenaline and didn’t see Him, but

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The Story of the Momma Who Needed to Be Alone

The Story of the Momma Who Needed to Be Alone by Elise Hooper   Once Upon a Time…   …there lived a mama who wanted to be alone.   Not all the time. Not even some of the time. Just for a couple of minutes one evening.   She finished feeding her family, then cleaned the kitchen with her husband while the children read books in the living room. She laid out ingredients to make cookies later, and prepared a

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