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

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

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

Shall and Will

Ever notice during your Bible reading that verses that containing the promises of God are stated emphatically, in no uncertain terms? But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. – Isaiah 40:31 Unlike well-intentioned promises I’ve made to my husband and kids, God’s promises are guaranteed. He will… Continue reading Shall and Will

Chalky Hands

All winter, my daughter, Shae, and I used gloves when we worked out, to shield our hands from the icy metal dumbbells and bars we used in our unheated garage. But with the arrival of the heat and humidity of summer, we had a different problem. Though we no longer needed gloves, we couldn’t maintain… Continue reading Chalky Hands