Because Of / In Spite Of

If you follow my daughter’s blog, you’ll know that we spent last Thursday night at a Jason Gray concert, where we had a blessed, memory-making time. Jason drew the audience in immediately with his self-deprecating manner, shy smile, wry sense of humor, and slight stutter, which vanished when he performed. In between songs, he spoke… Continue reading Because Of / In Spite Of

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Surrendered Potential

My daughter, Shae (of Teen, Meet God, and Shae's Days), loves to dance, and she's been told by her teachers through the years that she is gifted enough to pursue dance as a career. As I took these photos of her several weeks ago, I wondered what part dance would play in her future. You… Continue reading Surrendered Potential

Words to Live By, By My Kids

Every week, I assign my two high school juniors an essay or creative writing piece as one of their homeschool assignments. Last week, I asked Aidan and Shae to write their own "words to live by" in free verse form. They were to base their credos on the following words by Abraham Lincoln. I Am… Continue reading Words to Live By, By My Kids

One Foolish Choice

Last week, I finally reached a fitness goal I’d been working toward for most of the summer: I did four sets of ten pull-ups with the thinnest assistance band we have. Now that I’d met that goal, I’d be doing pull-ups with no assistance the following week. I was happy, but I had mixed feelings… Continue reading One Foolish Choice

Take Joy in Your Salvation!

When I read the Bible, I usually study particular words and phrases to clarify the meaning of a passage. But when I noticed this verse several days ago, I soaked up the entire paragraph all at once and enjoyed thinking about it all day - no additional study needed. I will greatly rejoice in the Lord,… Continue reading Take Joy in Your Salvation!

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

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!

History

We celebrated my son Rowan’s tenth birthday on Saturday. It’s difficult to believe that my youngest is an entire decade old! At our house, birthday parties include viewing DVD’s and scrapbooks of our kids’ younger days. We laugh and reminisce about all their firsts: first steps, first words, first birthdays, and first public performances, for… Continue reading History

Don’t Think, Just Do

A favorite YouTuber recently reminded me of a philosophy she often applies to exercise: don’t think, just do! As I’m the type who tends to overthink just about everything, I need to apply this when I’m headed to do a workout or a particular exercise that I know will be tough – pull-ups or lunge… Continue reading Don’t Think, Just Do

Stubborn as a Child

My youngest son, Rowan, is the type of child that determines his preferences based on his own logic, and no one else’s. We cannot counsel or cajole him into liking anything, be it a new food, game, or other activity. So, Rowan is often compelled to try things. It’s not that he’s disobedient – just… Continue reading Stubborn as a Child