A Scroll of Remembrance.

After the birth of our now 14-year old Larsen, I experienced several years of secondary infertility.  Losing our first babe and then the miracle of our oldest son, we wondered if perhaps we would have only one biological child.  I remember those years.  Lars would lay his little hands on my tummy and pray, with…

Awakenings.

Once again, this year has gotten off to a bumpy start; Lars had the H1N1, my book was wrapping up for publication, my parents and sister were in town, Kiersta is well, a baby with Anders well, a three-year old and Ben’s sporadic work hours make things rather difficult.  In spite of all of this,…

Looking Back and Moving Forward.

We’re Back! It seems last year was survival and amazingly enough at times we even thrived.  It was the first year of our adventure. We moved (#11). I finished my first book. Anders got potty-trained and overcame speech difficulties.  Larsen took off with reading and learned how this whole home-school thing works. We had unsteady…

What I’ve Learned About the First Year of Home Education…

I am still learning and this has been a heck of a year.  More than I ever anticipated for sure.    Here is a short list of what I have learned and heard and seen to be true. And hope to finally implement…. 1.  Discipline, structure and consistency starts with the mother.  Every day. Inside of that…

Second Semester…

I have lost track of weeks.  All I know is we were going strong with school then I broke my toes, we moved, we traveled, I had lots of work to wrap up, the holiday season came and I have been exhausted and puking for weeks (now much better) with the reality of another baby coming.  It seems…

Week Eight: Marching On…

Until the first of December when I turn in my book manuscript to my publisher, home education is taking a different slant. Mainly, reading and more reading.  I simply cannot keep up with anything else. I am tired. A lesson for me again that I cannot do it all and yet the world keeps spinning and my boys…

For Every Child.

Education is for every child and home education is just one dialect of what God intends.  Great video lest we get stuck in a homeschool box of North American cultural Christianity…

Epiphany: I Have Two BOYS!

I have two boys. Duh. They don’t organize and put things away in properly.  They don’t remember to take their shoes off in the house, even if they are covered with mud. They put rocks in their pockets and wads of leaves that end up in my washing machine. They hang from trees and yell, loud….

Week Four: Pushing Through

Home education is linked to the familial life as a whole in a way that typical schooling is not. I knew this, but this week it became more of a reality. The work of faith, hope and love is more demanding in this type of setting. Endurance, perserverance and focus in the midst of many pressing needs…

An Un-Defense of the Choice to Home Educate

I believe we all have prejudices to some degree regarding the educational choices of others and even the overall lifestyle of other families.  Perhaps these prejudices and sensitivities to such are the greatest among those of us who would call ourselves followers and learners of the person and ways of Jesus.  We who have come face…