The most important lessons

As a homeschooler, the days are filled with learning. Some lessons have more formality than others. Even during the summer, I encourage my kids to read every day and learn at least one new thing. Not all lessons fall under “reading, ‘riting, and ‘rithmetic.” In fact, many of our...

Birthdays, dancing, and mindset

This week, we’ve been working on getting into a routine with school and activities. We started by celebrating my husband’s birthday with our friends and their families. Over the last 13 years together, he gives me “birthday cake challenges” – one that I’m most proud of is my Perry...

Extraordinary Lessons through Challenges

For the past several months, not much has happened. When I attempt to reflect on seven quick takes from the week, I often feel like there’s nothing of importance to share. Yet, if I’ve learned anything through our journey with grief the past year, it’s that the extraordinary memories...

Lighthouses, Lifeboats, and Wavemakers

Many years ago, someone gave my family a cassette tape of an acapella group. My dad enjoyed the message of one song in particular: The Lighthouse. (you can click to listen). The song compares Jesus to a lighthouse, bring people to salvation. The imagery is beautiful. However, scripture also...

Lessons in Grief

In the past year, I’ve learned more about grief and the grieving process than I thought possible. I never presumed to know all about this category, but I didn’t expect to have so many new lessons all at once. My hope in sharing is that others realize they are...

God knows

My God knows grief and loss.My God knows pain, hunger, and loneliness.My God knows anger, frustration, and desperation. My God knows the value of friendship. My God knows family struggles.  My God knows joy and laughter. My God knows patience and kindness. My God knows empathy and love. As...

Generosity of Control

I listen to several training and self-development people every week as part of growing my business. Some of the advice in these talks is applicable no matter what you are doing in life. This year has not looked anything like anyone expected, but we each still have a choice....

Homeschool is a Journey, Not a Destination

The past couple of weeks, I’ve been working with other homeschooling mamas to share information about homeschooling with our community. People are searching for answers and alternatives, after dealing with “crisis schooling” and facing possibly more changes for the upcoming school year. Everyone has a story, a unique perspective...

Opinion, Opportunity, and Overcomers

Earlier this week, I did a video with all things I’ve been thinking through the most recent upheaval in the country (embedded at the end of this post). This is a written and expanded version. I believe most people are good and kind, or at the very least “live...

Panoramic Pandemic

How has your life changed in the last few months? I asked this question one day on Facebook and received a myriad of answers. This one post generated more interaction than any other status post I’ve shared (other than pictures or videos). While the specifics varied, the answers held...