Archive for the Encouragement Category

When You’ve Never Been on the Big Yellow Bus

When You’ve Never Been on the Big Yellow Bus   by Mary Colwell I stare out my kitchen window as I sip my coffee. A big yellow bus slows to a stop down on the main road, and I observe children disembark and walk the rest of

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What Makes a Successful Homeschool Mom?

What Makes a Successful Homeschool Mom?   It is usually around this time of year, when the winter days drag on, and waving finish flag at the end of the school year cannot yet be glimpsed, that weariness sets into the bones of homeschooling moms. Perhaps today, you really need

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Lumps

Lumps By Elise Hooper  There’s a lump beneath my covers And I cannot get it out! I poke it and it giggles; I squish it and it shouts! I smooth the covers hastily For other chores to tend I sigh and spread the coverlet But what comes

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Cultivating a Lifestyle of Service

Time and Chance: Cultivating a Lifestyle of Service   By Niccole Perrine   I was sitting at the table with our family calendar. Steam rose from my coffee. The bitter aroma brought a sweet calm to my heart. The kids were playing outside, enjoying a mild winter

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What Am I Chasing in My Homeschool?

    What Am I Chasing?     by Jessi Webb   Some days it seems as though the things I do are meaningless. I drag my tired self around the house every morning picking up clothes and toys carelessly left behind, knowing full well that by

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The Top Twenty Advantages of Homeschooling

The Top Twenty Advantages of Homeschooling Some homeschool seminars would like to make you believe that every day is all sweetness and light, complete with joyful children who complete their assignments with enough time left over to help mom with the dishes. That is the homeschool equivalent

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You are Free to Be Extraordinary

You Are Free to Be Extraordinary: What I Want My Sons to Know       by Jessi Webb When you are young, all the moments you look forward to seem so far away. I can’t wait for Friday to get here. We’ve been driving forever…will we

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Ten Steps to a Smile

Ten Steps to a Smile (OR, How to Light Your House for Nearly Free)       by Elise Hooper   So you’re heading through the kitchen with an empty laundry basket under one arm and a full and stinky hamper in the other, when he jumps

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The Art of Exercising with Kids

The Art of Exercising with Kids     By Jessi Webb   As a homeschooling mom of three busy boys, I know how difficult it can be to get anything done, let alone make time for exercise. But may I encourage you not to make this your excuse? There

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Service: A Legacy of Love

    Service: A Legacy of Love by Niccole Perrine “Why do we have to work hard, Momma?” My oldest implored. “Can’t we just have fun always?” We were scrubbing the kitchen floor. The pungent smell of lemons filled the air as we worked together.   I smiled sympathetically

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