The teen years for many of my children were filled with them pushing their boundaries with my husband and me. My husband worked two jobs and was often not home during critical parenting times or teachable moments, but we endeavored to be on the same page with whatever discipline the children needed. No matter what, we would always love them and discipline in love, too. For some reason, when my older three children reached the age of seventeen years old, they seemed to hit a point where rebelliousness was strong. Our oldest son got in with the wrong crowd and set a small fire to an outdoor Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
When my children were younger, I would invest most of my day in educating them, caring for them, teaching them the love of the Lord, and showing them how to contribute to our home by assigning chores to help keep our home clean. Back then, I spent my days pouring into them, not fully knowing what their teenage years would have for me as their mother or for them as they journeyed into unknown territory. I remember one night in particular. My then 16-year-old son came to me crying because he would be graduating from high school soon and didn't know what he wanted to do with the rest of his Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
I love Christmas! Celebrating the birth of our Savior is the highlight of the entire month of December for my family and me. We have several traditions that we have carried on from when our oldest son was just 4 years old; we have added others since our family dynamics are changing as the children become adults and begin their own families and traditions. But I have to admit, there have been a few Christmases when I truly wanted to rejoice and celebrate Jesus! But due to circumstances (my husband being unemployed, him being away for Christmas at truck driving school 8 hours away, my oldest Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
Disclosure: Lyn was given a free copy of the Abigail planner for an honest review. All opinions are her own. Review: Christian Women's Weekly Planner and Journal by Diadem Planners I like planners, weekly or monthly. I need planners for my blog, my homeschooling, my weekly events at church, and just to stay on top of prayer requests from friends and family as well as my own. There are many types of planners available, but which one is right for the homeschooling mom, or any woman for that matter? I reviewed a new planner by Diadem Planners and it was packed with so many good things we need Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
Back to school. Just the phrase conjures different thoughts for different people, even moms. It might bring thoughts of all the school supplies you need to purchase, school clothes, uniforms, the beginning of an educational journey, the end of homeschooling, or the start of college. It might make you think of your children's education, whether you homeschool or your children attend traditional school. Or it might bring you to thoughts of possibilities of your own higher education path. If you are a mom like me, who devoted your life up to this point to raising and maybe educating your Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
During the summer of 2008, my husband and I faced the toughest times with our homeschooling and raising our children. Our then 17-year-old had been dating a girl for a year. The relationship began as a courtship and both families were keeping the dating couple in accountability. That is, until June of 2008. The young couple wanted to dash off for a two-week trip to see her family out of state. My husband and I were not okay with that and promptly put an end to the plans. The young girl, 20 years old, took offense and retaliated. She began talking to another family member and concocted a plan Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
The day has finally arrived when you graduate your oldest child from high school, having homeschooled through most, if not all, of the school years. It's been a trying journey, but you have successfully finished homeschooling...at least for one of your children. But now what? What do you do when homeschooling comes to an end? Where can your student turn from here? That is a question to which you and your student will learn the answer by the time you get to this point! Here are some examples of possible opportunities that your student can take advantage of that are beyond the normal scope of Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
In my early years of homeschooling, we used to begin every August and end at the end of May, taking off the summer months like the public schools did. But a few years into our journey, we realized that we were so busy in December with preparations for church Christmas events, and in June taking off for family reunions, that we often missed several weeks of schooling. I felt as though I was failing to educate my children in those months and watched as we got further and further behind and struggled to catch up. Our solution was so obvious and simple: school year-round. At first, it didn't Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
When I began homeschooling, I purchased school desks for each of my children, got new workbooks, researched all the latest curricula, and spoke with other homeschooling moms. I planned what each of my students would work on each year, made lesson plans, created weekly assignment sheets, and calculated when they would graduate high school. What I hadn't counted on was the very different learning styles each of my children had, the desires they each had for learning, and the directions they would take in education. I saw my youngest daughter excelling in academics while her brother struggled. Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.
When I first began homeschooling, I had a difficult time teaching one student at a time. I felt as though I was being pulled in many directions, not to mention having a nursing baby in the mix as I struggled to go over each lesson individually with my children. This went on for several years until I realized that even though my younger students might not fully understand and grasp all the details of what we were learning, they would get something out of it. Following the birth of my eighth baby, I became interested in furthering my education: I went back to college! It was then that I began Continue Reading...This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy.