There is a woman at my church who has been married for quite a long time. She and her husband have both served at our church since way before I started attending there regularly. Whenever she is scheduled to speak, I get excited because she almost always throws in some wisdom about married life. I just love to hear her talk about her husband after so many years. She just has a way of cracking me up and at the same time filling me with a truth that I can apply to my marriage. One of the wisest things I've ever heard her say is that love is about more than our emotions. To have a successful Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
As a mother and a Christian, my greatest desire is that my daughter will grow up to find the Lord for herself. I long to know that she will have a deep and real relationship with Christ. As we were driving today, the song "Let Them See You" by JJ Weeks Band came on the radio. If you listen to your local radio station, I'm sure you have heard this song many times. I've always liked the song, and assumed from the entire lyrics that the band is singing about their influence as a Christian artist. However, today as I was in the car the Lord reminded me that the greatest way I can lead my Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
Christmas is my very favorite holiday. I love the lights, the gifts, the parties, and most importantly, the opportunity to celebrate the birth of our Savior. With all the shopping and parties, it can be difficult to set aside time to honor Christ at Christmas time. For the last few years we have had an activity-focused Advent calendar. Each day we would discover some fun activity for us to do. Some days it involved blessing someone else, and some days were just fun activities like drinking hot chocolate while watching a Christmas movie. This year, in an effort to honor Christ all month Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
If you haven't heard of Trades of Hope, go ahead and grab a cup of coffee and have a seat. If you are anything like me, you will quickly find yourself pouring over the website, reading the artisans stories, and wanting to buy everything! Trades of Hope was founded with the mission of empowering women out of poverty. They are doing just that by partnering with artisan groups all over the world (including the U.S.) and marketing their handmade goods here in the U.S. through a home party business model. Everything Trades of Hope sells is handmade and the artisan is paid a fair wage for their Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
Background photo: Siddharth Mallya/Wikimedia Commons Last week I began planning our unit study on Thanksgiving. I decided that I really want to take it slow and approach this holiday from all angles. It is so important that my daughter learns to be thankful. I decided we should memorize a verse on thankfulness. I was going to go with "Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, His love endures forever!" but thought I should read through the full list I had found. That is when I came to 1 Thessalonians 5:18: "Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
I am writing this post as a challenge to myself. I have to be honest with you and with myself. There have been way too many days lately where I after I put C to bed, I realized we didn't have any intentional time together just for fun. There may have been moments that we laughed, or activities that we enjoyed during our school time, but I hadn't sat down with my daughter with the purpose of playing with her and enjoying this stage in her childhood. She often invites me to play with her, but I usually feel that I am too busy. Too busy washing dishes or too busy finishing up a blog post. Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
We live in a small two-bedroom apartment. That doesn't leave much space for a nice homeschool area. Over the last year I have had to get creative in order to come up with a functional homeschool space for us. Since school time is fast approaching, I thought I would share a few tips I've learned for homeschooling in a small space. 1. Be creative when deciding where to set up your space. I know several people that prefer to conduct school at the kitchen table. I personally wanted C to have a desk that would be a comfortable height for her. My main reason for this is that a child's fine Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
Photo Credit: Amanda44/Wikimedia Commons I don't have many fond memories of my childhood. My father was an abusive alcoholic, my mother was just trying to survive, and I didn't have many friends. I have a few memories of fighting, fear, and some especially traumatizing events. I have even fewer memories of happy days. I remember my mom getting her arm run over by the car one day as she tried to get us all in the car and away from my crazy dad. I remember having a lot of fear. I also remember some sweet times with my wonderful grandparents. For the most part, though, my mind seems to Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
This year's Great Homeschool Convention was fun and informative. The most helpful session for me by far was "Uncaging the Cheetah: Homeschooling your Gifted Child" with Shelagh Gallagher. When I first started homeschooling my daughter, I thought one of the benefits of homeschooling only one child would be that we could really take our time with subjects to ensure understanding. We would read and discuss the material and take our time. I was always surprised when C didn't remember something we had discussed at length. Not only that, but she wasn't very fond of school days despite being Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
As summer approaches, many homeschool families are scrambling to wrap up their school work and begin summer break. I, on the other hand, have decided to step back for a couple weeks and take a break before we finish our work. We are very close to wrapping up our textbook work, so you might be wondering why I would choose to take a break now instead of in a few weeks. The answer is simple: my daughter and I were not enjoying ourselves. My personal blog is titled, Joy Focused Learning. I created it with the goal of inspiring other homeschool families to focus on the joy of learning. My own Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.