Welcome to my homeschool blog, which offers insights into loving learning, loving your family, loving history, loving homeschooling, and enjoying your life! With your cup of coffee in hand, take a break to laugh with me, to have your heart refreshed, to be reminded of how cool your kids really are, and to consider the amazing adventure of being a homeschool mom. AND, if you are interested in the History Revealed curriculum, be sure to check out my Teaching Tips!

Thanksgiving—Giving Thanks

Of all the spiritual lessons I’ve learned, one of the most important is choosing to give thanks. When we teach our young children to say “please” and “thank you,” it is a lesson in politeness. When God teaches us to say “thank you” in the midst of our messy lives,

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Unleashing Joy

​ If you are being crushed by pain, disappointment, or discouragement, there is an unusual choice that can lead to joy. . .enjoyment. . .even great joy. To help explain what I mean, let me share a story. In 1991, life was hard. My husband’s career goal—being a long-term band

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When it’s impossible, look up

Sometimes, our circumstances are so difficult that it seems impossible to keep going. But, I’ve learned that when you look to God—seeking His help, provision, and strength to make it from one day to the next—the impossible yields to something greater than you could’ve imagined. A little over three ago,

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Do you mind if I retire?

At the 2015 Cincinnati Great Homeschool Convention, I made this public announcement: “As of this weekend, aside from special circumstances, I am going to retire from speaking!” After twenty-six years (27 convention seasons) as a speaker, it is time for an ending and a new beginning. So, today’s blog is

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Meeting another Von Trapp!

Previously, I blogged about my unexpected introduction to Rosemarie, the eldest daughter born to Captain and Maria von Trapp. You can read it here. But, surprisingly, that is not my only experience meeting the von Trapp’s. At a homeschool convention a few years ago, I was presenting History Via the

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