“No big deal.  You’ll do fine! It’s just Kindergarten.”   Everyone tried to reassure me that I had nothing to worry about.  My husband was very encouraging and didn’t even doubt a bit that I’d be able to pull it off.  Yeah right, I thought.  When I was faced with my first time being a homeschooling mom, it was the Kindergarten year for my son.  I had never been a school teacher, and I never desired to be one.  I had never been homeschooled.  I had always been...

The temperature is 54 degrees.   The drizzle and clouds turn my thoughts toward a cozy bowl of tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwich.  Ah yes.  This is July in Alaska.  While the rest of the country is sweltering, we are cuddling up with a good book and coffee.  Don’t be jealous.  Of course, the weather also makes me a bit lazy, so I made a semi-homemade tomato soup.  This is a little more than just diluting the condensed Campbell’s...

The title of the story is a reference to Jesus words about the Pharisees who strain at a gnat, but swallow a camel (Matt. 23:24).   The whole story is about the main character’s experiences in 1980s at a familiar fundamentalist college.  Alex apparently struggles with finding any genuineness among her fundamentalist friends.  The world of her Christian college is too far removed from her unsaved family’s life. She asks the age old theological...

  Doing Preschool for my kids was a bit of an afterthought.  I knew that I was teaching the kids some basic facts throughout our days, so why would we need to make it a formal thing?  After all, Kindergarten used to be preschool only a few decades ago.  Well, we did it for our younger two children because the older two were doing homeschool, and my little ones wanted to be just like the big brother and sister.  So I went looking for ways to keep them busy with stuff on their level. If Kindergarten was no big deal...

I like to walk.  It’s probably my favorite exercise.  Hiking would be a close second.  Walking is an activity that is close at hand, something that I ought to do each day but sometimes fail to do that simple action of putting on my shoes and stepping out the door.  Once I’m on the walk, it’s much easier to continue, and when I’m done I feel satisfied and refreshed.  It’s true.  Running or jogging would have a greater...

This summer our kids joined our local library’s summer reading program.  They are to complete two out of three goals each week to earn a prize.  One task this week was to check out a cookbook and prepare a recipe from it, so the kids go this book.  I’m really impressed!  The title doesn’t lie. It really is super simple and no-bake.  I’ve probably not been as willing as I should be to let my kids help me cook.  Often I feel...

I suppose I would recommend this book.  I was in hearty agreement with the authors until I got to Chapter 9.  But before I comment on that, let me point out the really good parts of the book. Positive Mother and daughter authors, Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson make an excellent main point in Give Them Grace that truly righteous and godly children are products of their own personal relationship to God.  It was good to be reminded that there really...

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