Because She’s Happy

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My friend posted a beautiful picture of her daughter jumping at the water’s edge on a sandy beach with the caption, “Because she’s happy!”  It made me think about my own children at the beach.  They jump, shriek, dance, and roll in the water and sand for no other reason than pure joy.  It’s a… 

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Living Sheltered Lives

Living Sheltered Lives

My children wear seat belts in the car.  I make them wear helmets when they ride things with wheels.  I limit their candy intake.  I have a water filter on our sink to ensure the water they drink is clean. I don’t allow them to play by the road. These are typical boundaries to ensure… 

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The Touch of Jesus

The Touch of Jesus

My family is in the midst of one of the biggest transitions of our lives.  We have moved back to the state where both my husband and I grew up.  It’s where we went to school, where we fell in love, and where all of our extended family resides. Prior to the move I imagined… 

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Christmas Giving

Every Christmas we hear the question and see the videos of small children being tested by adults as they are asked, “What is Christmas really about?”  We hope that, if our children were on that video, they wouldn’t respond like many of their youthful peers with, “Presents!” We  want our children to know that Christmas… 

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Bruce Bogtrotter and the Lion

In 1988 Roald Dahl wrote a delightfully imaginative novel about a girl named Matilda. In this story, Matilda is friends with a plump young boy named Bruce Bogtrotter, who was believed to have eaten a slice of Principal Trunchbull’s favorite chocolate cake.  Trying to curb his love of confections, the principal forced him to eat… 

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Life and Death

Learning happens all the time.  No matter what we are doing in our lives, we are gleaning new information, perfecting past actions, figuring out what will result from our current efforts.  Even when we are doing “nothing,” our brains are churning thoughts, processing past experiences, and pondering future possibilities.  Life teaches.  It’s what it was… 

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Homeschooling Is Much Like This

Sometimes writing comes easily for me. An idea will pop into my head and it spills out of my mind onto the paper effortlessly. If it’s a piece that brings encouragement or laughter, I think there is nothing I’d rather do than write. Other times it is a painful process. My mind is a blank… 

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Learning in the Relaxing

Aloha, we are back from the shores of Maui! The fears from my last post were unwarranted.  Surprisingly, there were no tsunamis or earthquakes the week we were gone and all the children made out great.  Mac Powell and his wife seemed completely lovely, but I was unable to make the one-on-one connection I was hoping… 

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