Archive for the Encouragement Category

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,

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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