Archive for the Encouragement Category

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

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Pink

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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,

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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

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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

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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.

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