Homeschool is a Journey, Not a Destination

As people search for answers and alternatives, after dealing with “crisis schooling” and changes for the upcoming school year, homeschoolers receive more questions from their public schooling peers and become a resource. Everyone has a story and a unique perspective for why they choose certain paths. Homeschoolers are no...

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...

True Worship

Today, for the first time since March 15, we worshiped at the church building. However, we never “quit church” or “stopped worshiping.” For a couple of weeks, we worshiped via YouTube from our couch. After that, we started gathering with a group of friends, sharing a time of worship...

The Graduate

While running errands, I listen to the radio in the car. For several months, this usually results in a puddle of tears. A specific handful of songs trigger the grief. This week, it wasn’t a song, but the D.J. talking that caused a wave of emotion. They were talking...

Rabies, Rainstorms, and Roses

Part of living well is managing a range of emotions, from serious to silly, from lamenting to laughter. We must pick up where we left off last week, at the Country House.  I mentioned the kittens that were attacked by a rabid skunk. I mentioned that all the kittens...

Fingerprints

Grief walks beside me daily. Sometimes its presence is quiet, soft, and non-interfering. Other times, it hits me like a tidal wave, pushing me under the current. Sometimes these bigger waves recede, giving me time to breathe before the next one. Other times, the waves threaten to drown me....

Lessons from the Country House

Over the last several weeks, we’ve experienced “life interrupted.” Canceled activities, closed formal worship, and limits at the grocery store. At about week three of the “stay at home” order, a group of close friends decided we needed each other, even if we had to “do church” online, we...

Empowerment through Adversity

A tiny virus disrupted everyday life. The world shut down. “Stay at home” or “shelter in place” orders went into effect overnight. Some businesses received the designation of “essential” while others received the brush off. Each day seemed to add a new tenant to a really bad dream, but...

All Because of a Hairclip

On October 15, I became a consultant. What I didn’t know, is I’d found my other new best friend, a heartmate. On November 14, I met her middle daughter (Aranza, then 12), who actually did my training because my new friend had to get pointe shoes for her oldest...