Running Forward

Two years ago, I felt led to try something new, running. Prior to that leading, I had no desire to run. My exercise routine consisted of walking our dogs for approximately one-half mile twice a day. That's about it. I was not in shape and my forty-something body was beginning to show signs of neglect. Suddenly, I…

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Letting Go of Fear

As the school year winds down, it’s a good time to reflect on the overall health of your homeschool. How are you doing? How are your kids doing? It’s also a good time to think about the decisions that you’ve made this year. How many of those decisions were made out of fear? (more…)

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Quieting the Inner Critic

As I sat and listened to each of the children read their short stories, I was amazed. These kids had excellent writing skills. It didn’t take long for my enjoyment and wonder to turn to negativity as my inner critic emerged. “My kids can’t write like that,” I thought, “I must be a failure.” Oh, how quickly the enemy creeps in! (more…)

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Planning to Finish Strong

As spring sets in, thoughts about finishing the school year may surface. This is a great time to refocus and look toward the finish. This may be a source of excitement or stress. Are you on track? Are you frustrated with the school year? (more…)

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New Year’s Resolution: Rest

The new year brings with it the promise of a fresh start. We make goals and write resolutions. We edit lesson plans and evaluate our students’ progress. Then, we forge full-steam ahead into the new year convinced that our efforts will be fruitful. But, what happens before winter’s end? (more…)

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Distractions and Anxiety

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Over the past several weeks, I have experienced a heightened sense of anxiety. As it usually goes with me, whenever my anxiety goes up, so does my compulsion with distractions. (more…)

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25 Lessons Learned on Our First Disney World Trip

Disney World has been on my brain lately. Maybe it’s because last year around this time I was carefully planning our first “real” vacation. Or, maybe it’s because I happened to see a good deal on a flight to Orlando recently. Whatever the reason, I thought I would share some lessons that I learned from our first trip to Disney World. For reference, we stayed on-site for five nights at a Value Resort.

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Outage Blessings

It is amazing how often we use the internet in our home. I had not realized just how much time was actually being drained from our family until this week. A temporary disruption in our internet service is common where we live. However, what I thought was just a quick outage turned into a week offline with challenges, blessings, and realizations.

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A Lesson From the Birds

This morning, when I stepped out onto my back porch, I was met with a disturbing sight. Two barn swallow hatchlings lay motionless on the floor. The parents, one in the nest above and the other nearby, chattered loudly. I immediately knew something was wrong.
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