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 the way up their driveways. As I watch those children trudging home bent against the chilly wind, I hear my own laughing in the other room as their attempt to build something out 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 to heed the advice of Dr. Farris, who wrote the following in The Spiritual Power of a Mother: You cannot do everything. It is not a mere matter of being better organized. You

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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 out the end? A green-eyed monkey shrieks my name, “Mama, it’s just me!” The moment is not past and so I drop onto my knees And look into the joyful eyes Of my

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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 afternoon.   Homeschooling. Church. Troop nights. Violin. Bible study. The list went on and our schedule for the month seemed to take on it’s own high-maintenance personality as I penned each event. 



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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 the time I finish making my rounds there will likely be a new mess awaiting me somewhere. I fold blankets that have been abandoned for some new venture, just in time for them

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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 of selling you the Brooklyn Bridge. Some days just aren’t like this. Some days, indeed some years, are just plain hard. Let me try to use a fun method to convey a serious

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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 ever get there? When I grow up I’m going to be a pilot. Christmas is 285 days away…I can’t wait that long. But there’s a little secret that every adult around you knows

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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 from behind and skids to a stop in front of you.   Mama, do you want to see what I made?   Step One: Stop walking. Don’t slowly inch your way past him

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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 are things in life we simply have to accomplish in a day, and one way or another we manage to get them done (when was the last time you went without dinner?). So

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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 at her and in that instant a memory triggered:   I had been sitting at the table playing dolls and watching my Gram. We frequently stayed indoors to cool off during the worst

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