I am really just a simple girl blessed beyond words.
As a mother of five beautiful children, a grateful wife, a sister, a daughter, a friend, a teacher, a servant, and a follower of Jesus Christ… I stand humbled.
This book is about my journey through parenting intentionally while navigating through the challenges of raising five very unique children.
Is your child reaching his or her potential?
When the season changes, the schedule usually changes. It is the perfect time to think and pray about the child or children in your home. Careful consideration of strengths and weaknesses offers motivation to make adjustments. Do you have a plan? Are you reactive or proactive to the growth in your child’s life?
Changing schools at any time causes a redirection of the family lifestyle. Some parents select homeschooling because they are running from something. A teacher who does not understand a student’s learning style may discourage his student. The school environment may not be strict enough to force the child’s behavior into compliance. Bullies may be threatening their student, creating a fearful setting that prevents any cognitive progress. Others choose homeschooling because they cannot imagine their child spending all day away from them. They enjoy the joys and challenges of parenting. Some desire a private-school education for their child but cannot afford it. Homeschooling seems a viable route to reach this level of education. Still others dream of what their entire child could be if they custom design her education and skill-building development. Begin by answering the “why.”
What if all the subjects that a child studies were integrated with one another?
What if your family created unique memories through life-changing books that developed the whole person that defines your child?
Consider the advantages of pursuing excellence in education on all subjects with the overlay of purposeful reading selections. Consider literature-rich classical education.
Imagine living in a home with daily and weekly habits that create an atmosphere of order and peace. The best way to accomplish this successfully is to involve everyone who in living in a household. Whether you are in a home with a mom and dad or single parent family, these ideas of personal and family contributions work. Divide the work into daily and weekly times. Success comes when the expectations are clear and specific. Focus on operating like a team when cleaning the house together.
Have you ever calculated the number of hours you spend in your car? If you have children, you might be transporting them back and forth to school daily. Perhaps you are taking them to sports practice and games along with a myriad of other activities. Or do you drive by yourself most of the time? Whatever your situation, your vehicle is almost an extension of your home. Check out this list of ideas for a cleaner, more enjoyable car time with your family.
Choosing your best life means evaluating all parts of yourself on a regular basis so that you can make necessary changes and improvements. Desire to grow so you will use the briefness of this life wisely.
Embrace simplicity. Embrace order. Embrace living.
Summer offers promises of quiet late afternoons and early evening lounging by the pool. Don’t miss out on the berries, the farmer’s market, reading, cleaning, time with friends and most importantly, rest. Don’t let the summer slip away without enjoying it thoroughly.
These thoughts were written my 17 year old son this year as he thought through the habits necessary to mature into a spiritual young man. In his own words, these are his ideas for spiritual habits.
Home is God’s idea. Family is God’s idea. No matter the size of your home or family, living in your space necessitates daily and weekly cleaning. When routines are established, the rhythm of life creates more time for enjoying living in your home.
Transitioning into the spring and summer months encourage outdoor living and opportunities to invite others into our home. When the focus is on serving instead of being self-conscience or striving to impress others, the stress of hospitality evaporates. Serving and ministering to others transforms the giver even more than the recipient. Whether creating a happier home for your family or serving others, our home should be a place where doing life together creates wonderful memories.