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From a Midwestern state among hills, trees, and farmland.
Homeschooling mom of three, author, history degrees, curriculum creator
Interests: I love white tulips and tall trees, reading and books of all kinds, but especially mysteries, nonfiction, and children's literature. I like animals, especially greyhounds and cats, history, drawing in pen & ink, and baking for relaxation. I delight in my kids, my husband, and the God who brought us together.
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Heart of pearls (Photo credit: TheCleopatra) "Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart." Luke 18:1 Not losing heart is not quitting, otherwise known as persevering. If we are persistent in prayer, what does this show? It is evidence of faith... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2012 at Drops In The Ocean
Clock in Kings Cross railway station (Photo credit: Wikipedia) "give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back." Luke 6:38 When you're a stay-at-home... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2012 at Drops In The Ocean
"For those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength." Isaiah 40:31 Bald Eagle (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Instant messaging, instant oatmeal - who wants to wait anymore? A lot could be said about the need for waiting, but let's go with what does being willing to wait and waiting... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2012 at Drops In The Ocean
"When you are praying, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard because of their many words." Matthew 6:7 Tug-o-war (Photo credit: Thrice 18/3) Often my prayers seem to fall from my lips to the floor with a thud. One... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2012 at Drops In The Ocean
Sleeping Kitten Colour (Photo credit: multi.phrenic) "...and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28 One of the hardest lessons I've learned as a stay-at-home mom and a homeschooler is when to say "It's enough." When I was first married, I thought the house had to be spotless in order to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2012 at Drops In The Ocean
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart..." Proverbs 3:5 Owned Cat-dog (Photo credit: Sephiroty Fiesta) What does trust with our whole heart mean for stay-at-home moms who home school? First, I recognize my need to trust God. This is easy. I cannot, no matter how hard I try (and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2012 at Drops In The Ocean
"Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in slave labor." Proverbs 12:24 Elephant in the room, part deux. (Photo credit: Cody Simms) Laziness is defined in my dictionary as resistant to work or exertion; disposed to idleness. I think lazines is the elephant in the room that I don't want... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2012 at Drops In The Ocean
For Sale Sign - Panama (Photo credit: thinkpanama) "The human mind plans the way, but the Lord directs the steps." Proverbs 16:9 As we head into the month of December, our calendar gets filled up with deadlines, rehearsals, extra projects, and the need for fast (yet healthy!) suppers. Deciding that... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2012 at Drops In The Ocean
filedesc (Photo credit: Wikipedia) "...and as your days, so is your strength." Deuteronomy 33:25 I spent the afternoon helping my sixth-grade son write an essay.... I can think of other things I would rather do. I'm sure he could, too. However, we pushed on and through and finished a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2012 at Drops In The Ocean
"...first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head." Mark 4:28 We recognize growth in our infants. First, they nurse, then gum mashed potatoes, move on to soft carrots, and finally, (Finally!) get teeth and chew solid food. We understand that teething is a process and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2012 at Drops In The Ocean
Dear Father, wheat field (Photo credit: tamaki) I want to honor You today by resting. I also know that I need it. It's the holiday season and schedules, to-do lists, and plans, let alone homeschooling deadlines, are ramping up. Fill my mind, Lord, with thoughts of You instead. I can't... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2012 at Drops In The Ocean
Paire de jumelles. / Binoculars (Photo credit: Wikipedia) It's so easy to pick up a catalog. It's so fun to pick out books and stuff. It's so simple to buy too much. Each year, I make a gigantic wish list, then start culling. Then I look at what I actually... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2012 at Drops In The Ocean
"for God is a God not of disorder but of peace." I Corinthians 14:33 English: clip art of a pile of books. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) In almost every room in my house, there is a pile of something: books to be read, papers to be graded, recipes I might use,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2012 at Drops In The Ocean
We were standing in church, our heads bowed while the pastor prayed aloud, when my son, then about six, tugged on my arm and whispered, "Do turkeys lay eggs?" "Yes," I whispered back. Unfortunately, that got me off track and I started to question myself. Do they? Are there turkey... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2012 at Drops In The Ocean
"but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant....and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all." Mark 10:44 Too much work, I grumble just about every day. I'm tired of the laundry, of planning dinner (didn't we just get done with lunch?),... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2012 at Drops In The Ocean
English: Negative low tide at Ocean Beach in San Francisco (Photo credit: Wikipedia) "Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days." Ecclesiastes 11:1 When the kids were infants, I could not have predicted what our home school would look like today. Their likes, preferences,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2012 at Drops In The Ocean
My firstborn is visual and random. My second born is visual and logical. My third is...well, more auditory and logical, perhaps. As the kids grew, I honed in on their favored way to learn through trial and error. One liked to read and know exactly what to do during the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2012 at Drops In The Ocean
Is rest a decision? Or is rest something we do after everything else is done? Are you laughing yet? Just when is everything done for the stay-at-home-mom? Once I might have added "especially when you have young children who either need to be fed..again.. or need some body part wiped."... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2012 at Drops In The Ocean
Now that one child is doing trigonometry, one calculus, and one algebra, I am fortunately reaching the end of needing to know the answers in math. The beauty of having self-learners is that the older ones only come to me as a last resort. I've taught them every strategy I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2012 at Drops In The Ocean
2006 flood in Laplae, Uttaradit (Photo credit: Wikipedia) In the last two weeks, we've watched the news about Hurricane Sandy and its devastation, the presidential election, and now the escalation of violence in the Middle East. Although I want my kids to be cognizant of current events, it has revealed... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2012 at Drops In The Ocean
My daughter went to an art camp this summer to study painting. In her first phone call home, she was distressed about the conversations of some of her cabin mates both because of the topics and the attitudes. We talked through what her response could or needed to be. We... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2012 at Drops In The Ocean
Ambition or obsession? My daughter is studying for the SAT exam. She wants to do better than she did on it six months ago. We found resources for her for studying, writing the essays, and real, timed SAT tests to take. She has worked hard and we hope it will... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2012 at Drops In The Ocean
English: Globe icon (Photo credit: Wikipedia) My son and I like to play "10 Days in Africa" among other geography games. We also like maps and have many all over the house. I even have a couple antique maps found in an English shop that I have framed. Yesterday, while... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2012 at Drops In The Ocean
When the kids were little, the idea that Sundays are a day of rest seemed laughable. For some reason, they all still wanted to eat (at least three times), still messed diapers (usually right as we were going out the door), spit up on their clothes (or mine), and the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2012 at Drops In The Ocean
When it came time for chemistry, we used Apologia's Chemistry in Creation, partly because I was able to understand it as I read. It's very orderly and straightforward (as much as chemistry can be to a history major). Periodic Table by Quality (Photo credit: Wikipedia) However, when my son moved... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2012 at Drops In The Ocean