Offer Hospitality

If you want to entertain
  I have a love-hate relationship with the fall season. I’m mesmerized by the beauty of the changing landscape, while reaching for a thick sweater as I grumble over the dropping temperatures. Not only am I conflicted over weather changes but also feel both excited and anxious over approaching holidays. Once the pumpkins are removed

How to have an Attitude of Gratitude

give thanks in all things
  As Americans, November represents the traditional time to thank God for our blessings. It’s a time to celebrate memories with loved ones as we gobble down turkey and delicious pumpkin pie. It’s a time to relax from our rigorous homeschool schedules. It’s also a time to remember—we should ALWAYS have an ATTITUDE of GRATITUDE!

Seasons: Pilgrim Reflections

thanksgiving lessons
  1621: a small band of people, who called themselves Strangers, sailed away from a dock in Plymouth, England, destined for a land they had never seen before. Simply trying to find a haven to worship freely, the Separatists felt God leading them to the New World; they would not rebel against King James I

Hey Mama Monday

Hey Mama
  Hey Mama, For those who keep trying and trying, striving to please, and wistfully turning to the Lord, lifting up your eyes and hands only to say, “Lord, I keep working hard. I continue to try. I desire to do all things according to Your will and desire. I am not sure what to

Homeschooling Through the Holidays

take a break from homeschool
  More often than not, the holiday season comes and goes in a whirlwind with activities and events that seem to fill every available hour. In some homeschools, schoolwork takes a back seat until January. Instead of carrying on with traditional assignments, time is spent on making crafts for gift giving or preparing special meals.
autumn art
  Autumn is the season when families stay indoors longer. Indoor activities begin taking center stage. One of the best ideas for autumn is to combine an indoor activity with autumn home decorating projects. Here are some autumn art ideas that the whole family can participate in to help decorate the family home. Bring Nature

Thank You Lord

practicing thankfulness
  An old Don Moen song resonates with me when I say, “Thank you, Lord.” It’s so easy to sing this during family worship time or hum along to it when I’m taking some time to myself. Then, I feel the truth of the words, the gratitude overflowing. But how the feeling dims, when the

Did the Pilgrims Shelter Their Children?

the story of thanksgiving
  Nearly 400 years ago, a community of English families defied fear, suffering, death, and the Atlantic Ocean to create a home among violent tribes in a wild land. Their conviction mirrors very much the same that birthed the modern homeschool movement—mainly concern for their children’s souls. Like many homeschoolers, the Pilgrims were unwilling for

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