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Priorities and Progress

  Priorities and Progress by Audra Talley   Lists: those dreaded things that both help and hinder. We all have them, use them, and loathe that our lives are so full that we require them at all. On paper or in our heads, these are the lists of the mundane, the sanity savers. Then there is The Priority List. This is the big one, the one of life-altering things to change and do; those things that have the deepest impact

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Pink   by Elise Hooper If we don’t find Him in the small things, how will we ever find Him in the big ones? ~Elisabeth Elliot     Eliana, come look!   I called to her from my seemingly perpetual post at the kitchen sink.   And she’d heard the summons before, at the same hour, so she gasped and jumped to her feet, long legs and long braids flying.   I wiped my hands and bent to lift her, legs and

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Take Time for a Nap

Take Time for a Nap     by Heidi Forney   This morning started off at 3 or 4 AM when your special needs child woke up bright-eyed, bushy-tailed, AND screaming at the top of his lungs that his ears hurt. Until 8 AM you had to cuddle, soothe, and practice every known remedy you could come up with, and nothing helped, so once more you called the pediatrician (or the ENT) for what seems like the one thousandth time this year. Appointment made

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Will They Ever Learn to Read

Will They Ever Learn to Read?!?       by Mary Colwell   As a homeschool mom, one of my favorite things to do is to listen to my 8-year-old son read. I find it incredibly satisfying to hear him reading to his sister and I love watching his face light up as he works his way through an exciting story. It’s fun because I was the one who got to teach him that.   That being said, I must

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It’s Not Working

Its Not Working!   by Heidi Forney   You hit a wall. Your special needs child simply cannot figure out how to solve her times tables. Or tie his shoe laces. Or for that matter write her alphabet without letters being written backwards, upside down, or so illegibly that you have no way of knowing what on earth she was trying to write! Or maybe he is refusing to write that sentence you have been dictating to him over and

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Serving with Margins

Serving with Margins   by Niccole Perrine   “So…what do you think?” My friend inquired.   I paused before responding. 

My heart ached for my friend. I desperately wanted to help. This was an opportunity to serve! I love to serve. And I love my friend. I could see she was struggling. And she was asking me to help! I knew, if I worked at it, I could rearrange things to make this work.   However, I could also see

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He Inhabits Our Days

He Inhabits Our Days By Elise Hooper “Mama, is that God’s hot breath, do you think, blowing in our faces?”   I blew a wisp of hair out of my eyes and wiped away some drops of sweat with the back of my hand. Smiling at Micah, I thought for a moment.   It was seven-thirty on a sweltering August evening, and my chance to have some quiet time had been foiled when Micah overheard me talking to my husband

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Homeschooling a Quiet Calling

  Homeschooling: A Quiet Calling     by Mary Colwell   Silence reigns in my living room for a few glorious moments.   The homeschooling is finally done, and my children are outside enjoying the sunny afternoon. It’s been a bit of a rough morning, and there are still many things left to do. A half-drunk cup of tea sits beside me begging to be finished, and the laundry is waiting to be transferred to the dryer. The bathrooms could

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To Know and Be Known

To Know and Be Known   I stood in reverie at the breakfast counter that morning, slippers on my feet and topknot on my head. I’d set out five bowls, scooped granola into them and sprinkled on top each child’s favorite combination of dried cranberries, dates, and banana chips. I’d reached into the silverware drawer and pulled out five spoons and set them in each bowl– but when I’d gotten to the fourth, the spoon had been placed with its

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Of Skiing Down and Growing Up

Of Skiing Down and Growing Up     by Abigail Prigge   Our feet dangled off the edge of the ski chairlift over the snowy chasm below. I was riding up to the top of the mountain with three of my siblings, ages 13, 11, and 8.   This moment.   These people.   Someday my seven younger siblings could be littered all over the United states or even the world. But for now, here we were. The four of

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