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Homeschooling with Classical Conversations: Lessons Learned

This past month marked the conclusion of our second full year of participation in a Classical Conversations Community. Although current CC members are winding up their community days, many families are at the beginning stages of their homeschool journey. They have decided to enroll in this program for the next school year because, even on the surface, they can see the benefits that CC … Read More Homeschooling with Classical Conversations: Lessons Learned

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When Disease Comes Home

This has been a homeschool year infused with challenges–both expected and unexpected. Life’s complications forced us to be flexible, to homeschool in ways we hadn’t planned, and to allow space for various interruptions both large and small. One such trial was receiving the news that I had Lyme disease and three of its co-infections: mycoplasma pneumonia, chlamydia pneumonia, and ehrlichiosis. I am writing this post … Read More When Disease Comes Home

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Six Simple Things That Made Our Homeschool Day Better

Through much trial and error, prayer, webinar watching, book reading, podcast listening, and more trial and error—here are six simple things we have implemented into our homeschool that have made all the difference. Setting a Vision & Writing Goals that Reflect That Vision Spiral Notebook Planning Six Weeks On, One Week Off Starting Our Day with Bible & Morning Time Symposium–Instead of Math, Grammar, … Read More Six Simple Things That Made Our Homeschool Day Better

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Lessons Learned During the Wait: Our Nine Month Journey

It has been a while since I have written a blog post. For the past few months, life has been a little crazy for our family. We have had some challenges and big life changes, and I would like to share with my readers about our journey and God’s faithfulness. This isn’t a short story, but if you hang in there, I promise you … Read More Lessons Learned During the Wait: Our Nine Month Journey

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Seeds sown in tears…

Fourteen years ago, on September 12, 2001, I remember sitting in a hospital bed watching the small television and witnessing the horrible aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.  But even at that time, those events seemed like an impossible dream, like a distant blur of tragic images flashing in front of my eyes.  I think back on that day and ponder the fact that…

Hey There, Decorah…

As I sit here on this beautiful evening gazing out our large front window, I see my children fervently playing with their very best friends here in Decorah. I realize that I am seeing before me the epitome of childhood innocence and imagination. I am not certain what world they are creating right now, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Star Wars fits in … Read More Hey There, Decorah…

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Our Scripture Memory Plan for 2016

Happy New Year everyone! For those of you who have read my most recent post, I am still working on Part II of what we have learned in our homeschool so far this year, but something else came up that I wanted to share. As a family, we try to make memorizing scripture a priority. In the past, we have either memorized verses that … Read More Our Scripture Memory Plan for 2016

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Homeschooling Update: Our Fall Semester PART I

  In many ways it is hard to believe that we are finishing our fall semester in just a few days. It has flown by. I wanted to give a little synopsis of our semester: the victories, the challenges, the growth and the mistakes. I also would like to re-visit our curriculum and share our experiences with the different subjects we have tackled in … Read More Homeschooling Update: Our Fall Semester PART I

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“Go With Your Gut”

Have you ever come to a crossroad in your life journey and wondered which way to turn?  I’m sure many of us have come to such a place and heard someone utter the words, “Just go with your gut!”  When we hear that statement, we interpret it to mean, “Rely upon your instinct and intuition.  Your instincts are usually right.” Alas, the purpose of … Read More “Go With Your Gut”

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Seeds sown in tears…

Fourteen years ago, on September 12, 2001, I remember sitting in a hospital bed watching the small television and witnessing the horrible aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.  But even at that time, those events seemed like an impossible dream, like a distant blur of tragic images flashing in front of my eyes.  I think back on that day and ponder the fact that … Read More Seeds sown in tears…

First Week and a Half of Homeschool–In the Books

Well, we made it through our first week-and-a-half and the verdict is…we all LOVE it! After all of the prayer, preparation, blog reading, book reading, advice seeking and lesson planning we finally launched our homeschool last week.  I must admit that the night before we started, the fear crept in a bit.  Was I really doing the right and best thing for our family? … Read More First Week and a Half of Homeschool–In the Books

When You are Given a Great Gift, What Will You Do With It?

I want to begin this post with a question.  When you are given a life-changing gift that you know could also change the lives of those around you, do you keep it to your self or do you share it?  When I ask this question, I can’t help but think about the gift of the gospel.  To me, it is the greatest gift.  Yet, … Read More When You are Given a Great Gift, What Will You Do With It?