My Favorite Things about Homeschooling

Since COVID19 has forced families to home school, I thought it might be helpful to share from my experience. I have often referred to Joe and me as educational schizophrenics. Over the 25 years we parented full time, we public schooled, private schooled, boarding schooled and home schooled our seven children. I spent more than... Continue Reading →

Essential homework: Read the Bible

It's back-to-school season, and you may be flitting around with supply lists and hope for your children to receive a solid education. Please remember as you plan the school year that no schooling is complete without the scripture. Start by reading through the gospels as a family where your children will be introduced to the... Continue Reading →

From My Journal: The Quest to Raise Good Kids

When I heard Fats Domino died, I was immediately reminded that our daughter Erica and a group of college peers had worked on repairing his house after Hurricane Katrina. Their photo appeared in newspapers around the country, and thanks to the Associated Press, I was able to find it quickly online. The special opportunity my... Continue Reading →

School In. Peace Out.

Today is the last first day of school in America. By the end of the week, most moms will have resigned themselves to the bittersweet rhythms of another school year. On one hand, it's great to have the children back into a routine. On the other hand, peace often fades as school year demands settle... Continue Reading →

A Few Verses that Shaped Our Parenting

On Palm Sunday we were blessed to watch as our youngest child - Cynthia, age 20 - was baptized. Before church, I pondered the 33-year parenting journey Joe and I have traveled with our seven children, and I gave thanks to God for his incredible truths that offered us guidance and strength. I share them... Continue Reading →

Chaos is a Choice

Sometimes, we moms need a talking-to that will motivate us to forsake bad habits and excuses. Allowing excessive chaos during Christmas is one of those things we need to forsake, especially since it's supposed to be a season of peace and joy. I am not talking about controlled chaos: Allowing kids to make messes with crafts.... Continue Reading →

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