He Won’t Get Married in Diapers

by Sandra Modersohn My husband and I have been blessed with five amazing children, and though I certainly do not feel like anything near an expert at parenting, I sure have learned a lot in my 10-year career as a…

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Praying Scripture

“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.” – Psalm 19:14 KJV I have read these words over and over again. This single verse…

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Overwhelmed by “Expert Advice”

I nursed all my children, so when we adopted our son, I decided I wanted to attempt to breastfeed him. I knew it would be a challenge, but it sounded easier than learning to bottle feed and paying for formula….

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Holiday Homeschooling

by Maiya Drennen I am always trying to think of different ways to help my family with homeschooling, because homeschooling has always been really important to me—and a lot of fun! Even though I am no longer a homeschooled student,…

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The Greatest Love

by Maiya Drennen I think we all can agree that we love..well, love. We especially love being loved! During the month of February there is a whole day dedicated to celebrating just that… LOVE! For many Valentine’s Day is a…

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Keeping Your “To Do” List

by Maiya Drennen Daily responsibilities often pile up faster than I can remember them, so I like to write myself a list of things to do. I am definitely a list person, and always have been. However, along with daily…

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For the Stay-At-Home Graduate

by Maiya Drennen   To all of you graduates, who have marked this exciting event in your life – you’re finished! And congratulations to you! A few months ago I wrote a blog post about the time leading up to…

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Homeschooling Without a Schoolroom

Until this past January, we lived in a house that was too small to allow us a dedicated space for school. We had one closet where I kept school books and supplies, and everything was done around the dining room…

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Welcome to the Journey, New Homeschooling Mama!

Karen DeBeus There so are so many things I would tell a new homeschooling mama these days. Most importantly though, I would tell her…   God Has Called You to Do This. Guess what mama? YOU are NOT in charge of your homeschool. God…

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Teaching the Child with Communication Challenges

By Judi Munday   In recent years, I have observed a marked increase in the number of students who struggle with language-based learning deficits. They struggle with reading comprehension, written and oral expression, memory, and listening comprehension. These children are…

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Time Out…For Mama

This morning, I dismissed school after only an hour. We were nowhere near done for the day, but I was out of patience. The toddler was fussing because he is teething; the preschooler had a cold and his brain and…

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Handling the Stress and Pressure Before Graduation

by Maiya Drennen   The months leading up to graduation will quite possibly be some of the most stressful and pressure-filled months of your life. Trying to finish up the last bit of schoolwork, figuring out where to go to…

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Are You Being Kind?

by Kyndra Steinmann It seems some days the squabbles come every five minutes! The peace of the backyard is shattered by shrieks and cries which rapidly invade the house. “Mommy, he…!” “But she….” “You’re lying!” “No, you are!”   Now,…

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Preparing for a New School Year

by Kyndra Steinmann So, you’ve recovered from the excitement of the convention, finished up those lessons from last year, and have been spending the long summer days relaxing. Everything was peaceful—and then you saw the flyers for back-to-school sales and…

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HEAV Homeschool Song (Fun! Fun!)

HEAV HOMESCHOOL SONG – To the tune of “Jingle Bells” (click to hear) Written by Karla Robinson, music director at Young Musicians of Virginia Sung by Soli Deo, a Young Musicians of Virginia homeschool choir CHORUS: We have come – on…

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When Life Broadsides Your Homeschool

By Vicki Bentley, www.everydayhomemaking.com You had a wonderful plan this fall for a well-rounded education, envisioning academic excellence and character development in your smiling, well-adjusted offspring. But then…It happened (pick one): Your husband got transferred, and you have now moved across country,…

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What To Do with Your Preschooler

By Vicki Bentley, www.everydayhomemaking.com A young mom writes: I’m new at homeschooling – I have 2-year-old twins. I want to teach them and get them ready for preschool. Please send me info to help me start off on the right foot. Another…

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A Mom’s Sentimental Journey

By Vicki Bentley, www.everydayhomemaking.com Some of you who have heard me speak or have read some of my other works know that I have often been geographically challenged during the homeschooling journey, both figuratively and physically. As we come to the…

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But You Didn’t Ask…

by Melissa Barnes  I love the part in It’s a Wonderful Life when people all over town are praying for George Bailey. You can hear their prayers lifted up to God in unison, and it sounds like a beautiful chorus. A…

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What Do You Mean…Normal?

by Melissa Barnes  Our family adopted a baby boy last week. We met him and held him, and now we are anxiously waiting for his arrival in Virginia. During one of my “nesting” errands this week, I saw an acquaintance I…

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Pigskin Lessons

Why would a homeschool mom write a devotional about football? Because God has been saying a lot through football lately, and I am trying to listen! My career as a Tim Tebow fan goes back about seven years to Jacksonville,…

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Brick by Brick, Gate by Gate

by Melissa Barnes  Sometimes I walk into a room in our house with the intention of getting it “in order.”  I enter the room full of energy and enthusiasm for the task, ready to conquer the mess and restore order to…

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Times Tables and Timetables

by Melissa Barnes My daughter turned three this week. By all worldly standards she is grossly behind in every way…from her height and weight to her speech and language to her fine motor skills. She has developmental delays in every area….

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Rainbow Vision

 by Melissa Barnes Almost thirteen years ago, my husband’s aunt lost her battle with lung cancer. She died in a fourth-floor hospital room. Two floors above in the same hospital at the exact moment of her death, her daughter-in-law was in…

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Thankful for Disappointment

Melissa Barnes Do your kids ever disappoint you? Not just a little bit like an unmade bed or a forgotten jacket or even an undeserved push to a younger sibling. I mean really disappoint you…maybe even embarrass you? Recently I…

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