faith, Grief, parenting

I homeschool to give them just enough

Parenting is a tough job and homeschooling is like parenting on steroids. You have these llittle beings in your care that you love more than life itself. You strive to guide them, to teach them, to encourage them, to inspire them. You want to help them build strong foundations that will carry them through the storms of life. And sometimes…

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faith, homeschooling

I Homeschool to Keep Christ in All We Do

I’m Christian. It shouldn’t be a surprise that our faith is a large part of why we homeschool. When I say I homeschool to keep Christ in all we do, I don’t mean that we pepper Scripture verses throughout the lessons. I mean that I try to keep my teaching spirit filled.I try to model love, patience, gentleness and grace.…

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faith, holidays, homeschooling

Capturing the wonder of Christmas

This year, I bought myself a present. I took pretty much all of the money I had left from my blogging account and purchased myself one of my favorite Christmas traditions from my time in Germany: a Kerzenpyramide. Each eveving when I light the candles, the children sit, waiting in anticipation for the blades to begin to turn. The shadows…

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faith, reviews

Christianity in Film

Let me just start out by saying that I am excited about this burgeoning market in Christian film. Really excited. Excited enough to lay down good money at the theater — and believe me, taking six kids out to a movie is a bit of good money — to support it. I am willing to forgive a bit. I forgive…

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faith, Grief

Because love doesn’t die

Grief is such a strange companion. At first, it seems all consuming. Everything is colored by grief. In time, it mellows. As it weaves itself into the fabric of your days, it seems to fade into the background. Always there. Always ready. And sometimes, it is the little things that catch you off guard. Little, often unimportant always unexpected. I…

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faith, Grief

When life gives you lemons . . .

We all know the end of the saying. When life gives you lemons . . . Make lemonade. But is that really the message Christians should be delivering? It has such a nice “pull yourself up by your boot straps” kind of ring to it. We are, after all, masters of our own destiny. And life is what we make…

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faith, Grief

By the goodness of God . . .

Edward Winslow wrote in A Journal of the Pilgrims at Plymouth (1621): . . . And although it be not always so plentiful as it was at this time with us, yet by the goodness of God, we are so far from want that we often wish you partakers of our plenty. By the goodness of God, we are far…

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faith

Only love can overcome fear

Back when I still lived at home, my family hosted a Serbian exchange student. This wasn’t really your typical exchange student situation. He wasn’t really here to learn our language or our culture or any of the things students who normally participate in these programs come for. He was here to escape the war. He was maybe 15. OK, so…

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