Back to School, and (Happily) Back to Reading Your Blogs

We began our home school year yesterday, and with that, I resumed some of my school year habits – including reading your blog posts. During the summer, I let go of a few of my favorite activities in hopes of knocking down the many tasks on my to-do list, mostly house cleaning/painting/crafting/renovation projects. Having accomplished… Continue reading Back to School, and (Happily) Back to Reading Your Blogs

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Not Ashamed

One of the Apostle Paul’s most quoted phrases may be, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ.” Lyrics of more than one Christian song have been written based upon that theme, which is the first part of Romans 1:16. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to… Continue reading Not Ashamed

Father of Lights

As the seasons change, so does the light. At my home across from a cornfield, we’ll soon have flaming sunsets and orange moons, thanks to all the dust from the harvest in the air. Inside, I’ve started enjoying candlelight from spice-scented candles, and I’ve begun turning on lamps in the early evening.  Soon, the nights… Continue reading Father of Lights

Bible Vitamins

Every Sunday, our pastor includes an insert called “The Bible View” in our bulletin. Every week focuses on a different theme, and this week’s theme was Bible study. The writer made the point that every Bible study session will not necessarily yield a lightning bolt (or even a light bulb) of fresh knowledge or inspiration.… Continue reading Bible Vitamins

Summer Recap – Ready for Fall and a New Homeschool Year!

This summer has proven to be a season of good things begun and completed in my household. We worked and played hard, and we certainly met our goal of spending more time with each other in the midst of it all. After our home school year concluded at the end of April, we kicked off… Continue reading Summer Recap – Ready for Fall and a New Homeschool Year!

Seeking God in Loneliness

This summer has been a busy one for our family, filled with projects of all sorts that we have worked on individually and as a family. Our house has been cleaned, painted, organized, and repaired within an inch of its life, and it’s kept us very busy. I’ve also worked more than usual on landscaping… Continue reading Seeking God in Loneliness

The Definition of Success

For the past several years, our kids' 4-H year has culminated at the Illinois State Fair. This year, Aidan and Shae were again selected at our county 4-H fair to show their projects – his in computer science and hers in creative writing – at the state level. Rewind to the spring, when they began… Continue reading The Definition of Success

Providential Pruning

This summer, I’ve learned a lot about my favorite pastime, perennial gardening, watching a YouTube channel called Garden Answer. The channel’s cheerful host and gardener extraordinaire, Laura, gives practical advice about gardening in every season. This week, I watched many of Laura’s videos on pruning. Come to find out, different perennials require different levels of… Continue reading Providential Pruning

Counting Chickens

If you know that our family has chickens, the title might lead you to believe that this post will have to do with them. However, I’m actually referring to the incredibly overused idiom (or is an idiom by definition overused?), “Don’t count your chickens before they hatch.” I recently made the mistake of doing a… Continue reading Counting Chickens