Motherhood & Brotherhood

I write a lot about my daughter, Shae, on this blog. I suppose that’s natural, as we spend so much time together and share many common interests: fitness, healthy food, blogging, writing, photography, nature, and more. And as she is just like her father, she and I are quite compatible. While I enjoy discussing my… Continue reading Motherhood & Brotherhood

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Thoughts About Our Home School Year

On Friday, another home school year concluded at the Jackson household.  As always, my kids were jubilant, while I experienced rather mixed emotions.   It is a relief to be done at last with the work of a home-schooling teacher. I won’t miss grading papers late at night, or writing out the day’s assignments early… Continue reading Thoughts About Our Home School Year

What (Change) Doesn’t Kill You, Makes You Better

Change can be disheartening – for me, at least, as an inflexible introvert. Life is so much easier to coast through when things remain static, however briefly. But no day goes according to schedule, despite all my plotting and planning. Interference happens in the form of interruption, and I must change – change my schedule,… Continue reading What (Change) Doesn’t Kill You, Makes You Better

Discipline Leads to Contentment

I wish I had figured out long ago the secret to contentment. For years, I pushed through life accomplishing what I thought needed to be done, whether it involved home-schooling my children, volunteering at church, freelancing as a writer, or being a good wife. I am a perfectionist and tried to be the best at… Continue reading Discipline Leads to Contentment

Memorize & Meditate: Isaiah 6:1,5,8

While reading about the Old Testament ways of worship, I've been reminded of the importance of a reverent attitude toward God. These verses express that idea beautifully. In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Then said I, Woe… Continue reading Memorize & Meditate: Isaiah 6:1,5,8

Old Soul Quotes: Instruction

As a home-schooling parent on weekdays and junior church teacher on Sundays, I am quite comfortable giving instruction. But more often, I need to consider the value of receiving it. Those I teach often have wisdom to share with me. Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy… Continue reading Old Soul Quotes: Instruction

Memorize & Meditate: II Timothy 2:15

As we begin a new home-schooling year (with two tenth-graders and a fourth grader!), I wanted to remind myself and my children just why we invest so much time and energy in our classroom each day. This will be their first memory verse of the year. Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be… Continue reading Memorize & Meditate: II Timothy 2:15

7 Ways To Defeat Procrastination (Right Now!)

Particularly when I'm tired or overwhelmed, procrastination and I can get pretty cozy. It's not that I laze around, but I put off tasks that really matter. (Anyone else have an urge to reorganize their Word documents when facing a deadline?) But through the years, I've learned and utilized these seven steps to push past… Continue reading 7 Ways To Defeat Procrastination (Right Now!)

Hospitality Is Not My Cup of Tea

When my family and I watch those HGTV house-hunting shows, we play a little game. We listen for the words view, flow, open-concept, and entertaining. Why? Because every house hunter in America seems to be looking for those things. And while I can appreciate an open layout and a fine view, I can't relate to… Continue reading Hospitality Is Not My Cup of Tea

Old Soul Quotes: Feast

We celebrated my daughter's birthday yesterday, and as we do for all special occasions, we had a meal that far exceeded our normal simple fare. Serving a feast to my family is a way to show them my love and bring them together, and the celebration inspired my word choice for today. But when thou… Continue reading Old Soul Quotes: Feast