Monday, June 27, 2016


Lately our family has come back into contact with someone who hurt us. We literally didn't even see it coming and had no reason to believe this person would lie or hurt us until he had. As a friend, my husband and I were concerned for this young man's safety, we spoke at length with his mom, and all to realize he was not even where he was supposed to be and he was basically safe.

That hurt has not been forgotten. But we have forgiven him. There is a difference between forgetting and forgiving. Forgiving is Biblical, and it's also freeing for those who have been hurt or wronged. Forgetting those hurts comes through the peace and grace of the Lord. Several times we are directed to forgive:

So remember, if you are ever wronged, hurt, anything has been stolen from you, FORGIVE. The Lord is your Redeemer and He will set things right for you again!


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Homeschool Hump Day Encouragement

Homeschool encouragement during the summer?! You BET! Even if we take off of traditional books and formal education, our children continue to learn. And most of us can't shut off our mindset of finding teachable moments. So this is the SUMMER Homeschool Hump Day Encouragement!

During the summer, many people choose to grow their own vegetables. Fruit can be another story, especially for us in clay-soil Colorado. Some choose to go to the local Farmer's Markets. Have you considered that when you plant your own garden or even visit the farmer's market, you have a teachable moment with your kids and an opportunity to show them some Biblical principles as well? 

Here are some ideas:

These are a few ideas to get started. What other ideas do you have for teaching sowing and reaping? We would love to hear from you!



Monday, June 20, 2016

Welcome Back!!

Actually, it's not you that has missed these posts--it's ME! But I'm back and ready for what the Lord has for me and for YOU!

Recently, I took some time off from the blog to spend much needed time with my sister and dad. We had a great week and made fabulous memories! I can't wait for the next adventure we have. I began thinking about the legacy my dad is leaving me and that I am passing on to my children. While we were on our trip, I shared some of those things with him. Often little sayings or a quippy comeback from one of my children, knowing it was something "GranDad would say!" My dad has a unique funny side, a pleasant and caring side, a smirky, sarcastic side, and a loving side. I have enjoyed becoming his friend as we both grow older, and I'm glad I can pass a bit of him in me onto my own children and grandchildren.

I know I am passing on my dad's legacy, and in doing that, my grandchildren will in a small way know their GranDad when he is no longer with us. For now, though, there will always be "GranDad Adventures," random games of baseball (or some semblance of baseball!), quippy comebacks, and memories made every step of the way.

This is what the Lord wants of us, too. He wants us to pass on His character, His responses, His voice, His heart, His adventures, and our testimonies of all of those to our children and grandchildren. What a joy to pass on these things of my father and Heavenly Father to my family!

Happy Father's Day to all the Dads in your life! 

Have a blessed week!


Friday, June 3, 2016

Friday 'Fess Up

Do you remember the song "Belle" from "Disney's Beauty and the Beast"? There's a line in that song that the character Belle sings:

"Every morning just the same, since the morning that we came to this poor provincial town."

My confession today is that I'm feeling a bit like Belle. Every morning just the same...

Sure, I have errands to run, meetings to attend, meals to make, but for the most part, I feel like every day is like the one before. I get up, read my devotion for the day, have one of the kids unload the dishwasher, make breakfast, feed the dogs, work on school, update my clients' social media pages, make lunch, let the dogs outside, work on the things associated with the youth organization I work with, think about what to make for dinner, feed the dogs, make dinner, load and run the dishwasher, shower, check social media once more, get in bed, check emails once more and actually go to sleep, most likely watching NCIS. Does anyone else have a similar experience with your days?

I'm done with having every morning being just the same! So today, I'm going change it up. I'm going to start doing something every day that points me in the direction of my goals on my vision board! I wanted to travel more this year, so:

  •  I'm taking a road trip next week with my sister to Ohio. 
  • The next week my husband and I are going to Nebraska to visit our son, daughter-in-law, and two of our grandsons.  
  • At the end of July, I'm taking a road trip to California with my bestie and her kids. 
  • In September I'm driving my family to Florida for a birthday celebration for my mom (she's turning 70!) and my middle daughter (she's turning 21!). 
  • Then in October, we're taking another road trip with a wonderful group of ladies to Fort Worth, Texas for a women's conference! 

I'm certain those days won't be anything like the ones before!

If you're tired of the "same thing, different day" scenario in your life, I want to encourage you to find something new to add into your daily routine, to propel you closer to your vision, and to allow God to create adventure in your life! Remember, the plans He has for you are for good and not evil; to prosper you, give you a hope and an expected end (Jeremiah 29:11). I promise you, if you ask the Lord to bring adventure into your life, to make it something to look forward to everyday and not the same, old thing, HE WILL!

Have a blessed weekend!!


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Homeschool Hump Day Encouragement

Happy June! This is the month our family typically takes off regular schooling. If you take off a month or two during the summer, remember that true learning never really takes a break. Our kids are learning new things almost every day!

What do your summer days look like? Can you find learning in your daily routine? I am certain you can! Here are some ways our children learn through our normal, everyday lives:

These are just a few examples. I want to encourage you today, homeschooling mama, that even when you think your children aren't doing school, they are still learning! What things can you find that your children learn without traditional textbooks?

Keep on learning!


Friday, May 27, 2016

Friday 'Fess Up

We've been talking about how we simply can't do it all. Something has got to give or we're going to end up doing things part way, not giving anything our full attention.

Well, today my confession is that I have had to make a few difficult decisions recently. But I can see the other things I'm doing in my life begin to become more fuller and gaining more of a priority in my life. By cutting out those things that don't move you closer to your goals and vision, you will actually begin to move closer TO your vision!

Now that I have eliminated some of the things from distracting me from my vision, I am also finding that there are even more things that I can withdraw from. The goal isn't to find out how few things you can do, but rather to focus in on those things that are a part of your vision and that move you toward that vision.

What things can you eliminate? What things do you need to say "no" to in order to move toward your goals?

Have a blessed Memorial Weekend! Remember the families of those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom...


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Homeschool Hump Day Encouragement

Many schools around the country are having, or soon will have, their last day of school celebrations! But what do you do when you school year round and there is no real "last day of school" to celebrate? Today, we're going to talk about how to make the last day of a grade level special for your children even when schooling doesn't really end.

Now, I realize not everyone participates in year round schooling. This post is geared more toward those who have chosen to educate their children all throughout the year rather than schooling during traditional months, taking summer off.

Realize that end of grade level accomplishments should be celebrated for you and for your children. Thi might be a good time to also take off a week so the children have a sense of completion before starting the next level of school. We want to give our children the accolades they have earned, certainly, while preparing for the next school year that may begin as soon as a week or a month later. 

When children are younger, they don't necessarily understand that traditional schools have a summer break, so that is an advantage for you with younger children. With older children, they likely will have noticed the local neighborhood children playing everyday while they sit at the dining room table doing school. This is a great time to remind them of why you chose to school year round. Was it so they could complete school sooner? Maybe they have plans for their lives and you simply decided this was the best course to get them on their way with those plans. Whatever your reason for choosing to school year round, make sure you share that with your older children. Include them in the reason you came up with that decision. They will more often than not understand and will be on board with that choice.

Finally, make a party and celebration day of it! Do something you don't normally do. Take a drive to the beach, the mountains, a farm, a popular children's activity like a museum! There is no reason that you can't celebrate even a one day, one week or one month break from school! For us, we usually celebrate with my sister's 5th grade class at the local charter school in some way or another. This year, we're going to the park!

How do you plan to celebrate the end of the year when it's not the last day of school for the summer?