5.27.2016

New Podcast Episode 24: Read Through the Entire Bible as a Family

Join me as we talk about how we have used the Bible in our family over the years- from using it as our homeschool curriculum one year, to now, reading through the entire book together. It is truly transforming our family and is the most important book we will ever use in our homeschool.


5.26.2016

Take a Tour of Love's Farm!

Steve and I had a blast broadcasting live on Facebook from our little slice of hobby farm heaven this week! See his aquaponics system, our ducks, chickens, and more...and hear about our new ministry project!

5.23.2016

And Just Like That...

And just like that, we are closing the final book of 9th grade. 


The little girl that I was so afraid of homeschooling for kindergarten, has only three (short) years left of her homeschool journey.

When I look at pictures of years past, it seems like oh, so long ago...but at the same time, like yesterday.






Just yesterday, God started nudging my heart to homeschool. He chased, and I ran. Ultimately His plan prevailed.

Just yesterday, I was standing in the preschool room, terrified of what the future held. Knowing she was moving on from preschool and crying at the thought...

Just yesterday, I was telling my parents about this decision that would ultimately change all of our lives...in more ways than I ever imagined.

Just yesterday, I stepped out in faith (even though I was filled with fear)...and ultimately faith won over fear.

God won, instead of my flesh.



In my flesh, I would have blended in with everyone else. I would have chosen (what I thought was) the easier path...

In my flesh, I would have relied on myself.

In my flesh, I would have never submitted to the call that God was placing on my heart.


Thankfully, we don't walk by the flesh, but  by the spirit.


In His strength, I have stepped out in faith and walked a journey I couldn't have imagined in my wildest dreams.


Some days I feel like I am living in a movie about someone else's life. Yet, the  movie goes on, and each day there is a new adventure. I praise the Lord for all HE has done.


I am beyond grateful for this journey, which has been about so much more than just school choices. 

Most of all I am grateful that I obeyed when I did not want to, and that God is leading us each step of the way.
To Him be the glory.

In just three short years, I will be looking back on the entire journey. It is too cliche, but I can't help myself. It goes by in a blink. My little gap-toothed girl has grown into a beautiful young lady, full of God's grace. She is everything I ever dreamed of in a daughter and more.


I praise the Lord for all He has done in her life and even though it is bittersweet to see the years fly by, it is exciting to know that she has a whole life ahead of her, that He has already planned before time. 

So we continue to walk with Him, clinging every step of the way, trusting Him in all...even when it is hard. Even when we don't feel like it. Because we know He holds the future.


Read more about answering the call to homeschool in my book, Called Home: Finding Joy in Letting God Lead Your Homeschool



Listen to my podcast about our early years!





5.20.2016

Women in Prayer- Start a Prayer Group in Your Home



Last summer I was incredibly blessed to begin a ladies prayer group in my home. It didn't end up looking at all like I had thought it would, but God's plan was way better than mine!

Join me today as I share how God worked in our prayer time and how YOU can start a women's prayer group. Sisters in Christ need to shine brighter than ever in this dark world today, and let's do it by linking arms and seeking Jesus together!



5.16.2016

Ma's Smile




As many of you know, I have always been a Little House on the Prairie girl at heart. I idealize the simple life on the prairie. Living in small quarters always brought the family closer together. The struggles always made the family seem more tight knit. The simple life- growing food, keeping animals, and the hustle and bustle are far off in the city. Life on the prairie was simple and beautiful.





I know I completely have a picture in my head that isn't quite real. I know life was anything but simple on the prairie. Yet, the idea of having just enough without modern day distractions is appealing.



One of my favorite moments on the show was Laura said this about her Ma:

"Her smile is the first thing I want to see each morning, and the last thing I see each night."

Wow. Every time I see that episode and hear those words, I tear up. My eyes well up mostly because it is just so sweet and because that truly epitomizes Ma on the show--gentle and loving, yet we all know she is firm and strong when needed.

The tears also come because I wonder if my own kids would say that about me.





Do I give them that smile before bed and when they wake up? 
Do I choose gentle? 

Or do I (in my own flesh) frown all too often, complain, or even yell? What are my children seeing first thing in the morning and last thing before bed?

Do I display humility and most of all reliance on the Lord? Because the truth is, in my own strength there are days I do not feel like smiling. There are days I just want to scream. There are days I am anything but gentle.

Yet, we are told to DIE to self. We are not called to seek after our own comfort and then smile. We are not told to treat others depending on our moods or circumstances.


We are told to put others needs above our own, be gentle and meek, and to seek Him above all else. Not to put my fleshy wants first, but His desires.

My children are living their only childhood right now. There are no do-overs. I am shaping their memories that they didn't even ask to make. God brought them into this world as a complete blessing to me, and my job is to die to self as a disciple and as a mother. My kids don't always care that I am tired or having my own "issues." They need to be raised and cared for in a way that honors the Lord and points to Him.



When I am having a bad day I need to take that to the Lord and let His strength get me through. My children should not suffer because I struggle.

I know this sounds harsh, but I have been convicted lately to truly let them yearn for their Mama's smile first thing in the morning and the last thing before bed...

So that in Ma's smile they can see Jesus. 
His love, His strength, and His provision...even when I don't feel like it.




Join Me This Summer- The Simply Living for Him Retreat! 

At the Beautiful Lodges at Gettysburg, Gettysburg, PA.






5.03.2016

Teach Them Diligently Atlanta


How do I even begin to share what God has done? My mind is still on overload from this weekend in Atlanta at Teach Them Diligently, but I will share that God is far bigger and greater and even more magnificent than our little tiny minds make Him. He has done such great work and I can't even believe I am not dreaming sometimes when I see what He is doing each moment in my life.



This weekend I traveled to Atlanta with my 15-year-old daughter and my parents. Last year God did amazing work in bringing my parents to Atlanta to hear me speak since they had never been on board with me homeschooling. And last year, they were on board. It was amazing to say the least!



This year one of the things God taught me on this trip is that I have not ruined my children (can I get an Amen? ;) ) If He calls you to do something, He will equip you. More than just academically, I saw on this trip just how prepared my daughter is for life. Nothing I did has made her this way. It is only by God's leading and provision. But I saw that she is so independent and responsible. She is equipped for "real life."

She set me up at all my presentations and she worked so hard to serve me. Praise the Lord. She talked to people with me afterward and was so helpful in every aspect of our traveling.

Her reward for all her hard work- Pizza Hut! After a long day of four sessions in a row, we took some down time in the hotel :)

And God has shown me that when I allow Him to work through me, He does abundantly more than I imagine. Before these trips, it is very easy for me  to listen to the voice in my head that tells me I am crazy for leaving my other kids and husband behind to travel, and I am crazy for thinking anyone would come listen to me speak...and then He always shows up. 


When I speak, I completely empty myself of ME and let Him fill me up and every word that flows out is through His provision. Speaking allows me to be fully who God wants me to be and every hinderance of caring what others think is thrown out the window, as I let Him take over every word.


It's always confirmation to read comments like this one:






If you have the opportuntiy to travel to a Teach Them Diligently convention, I would encourage you to do so. It is like a glimse of heaven! You will be with like-minded families all in one place seeking Jesus. It is so much ore that a homeschool convention. It is a revival of hearts turning to Him for their families and the next genreation.


 And as I gazed at this photo I took from the plane, I wrote this on facebook:

Still collecting my thoughts from our trip to Atlanta this weekend- and preparing to do it again next week in OHIO! As I reflect though and try to wrap my head around all the work God is doing, the only thing I can think is---stop making Him so small. Our lives are just a little blip in time, yet He knows every detail and is in control of every single thing. When we make it about us, we have no joy because we are focused on our comfort, our wants, our agenda. And many times they don't end up lining up with His plan for us. And when we focus on ourselves, we take our eyes of off Him. When we focus on HIM and seek Him above anything we desire, He transforms us and our desires become His desires. And then He does SO much more than we can ever dream or imagine. But getting there isn't always comfortable or easy. He never intended it to be. That is what heaven is for. So while I am here for this very short glimpse of time on earth, I want every single second to be spent seeking His will above my own, and realizing the majesty that He is, and that life is all about HIM and never about ME. To Him be the glory.




There is still time to attend (affiliate) Teach Them Diligently Convention! NEXT WEEK (May 12-14) is Sandusky, OH. I will be speaking again and can not wait! This time, my whole family is traveling and I will even be meeting lots of friends and family there. It is going to be fabulous.





The speakers are so encouraging and it is so much more than just a homeschool convention. Hearts and lives are changed at Teach Them Diligently. It is God-centered and Jesus-saturated. GO!













5.02.2016

Give MAMA a Rest This Mother's Day! Simply Living For Him Special Discount for Mother's Day!

Want to give the perfect Mother's Day Gift? 

How about the gift of rest and renewal? 

How about a time away for mom to connect with other ladies!



The Simply Living for Him Retreat this summer is a getaway just for ladies. We will be spending time seeking Jesus in a beautiful location.

Read all about it HERE.



Register with this SPECIAL MOTHER'S DAY LINK!! Click below:







Just $99 for the retreat! (Lodging not included.)

Retreat includes: 

Refreshment reception lakeside and bonfire Friday night (worship, prayer, and welcome session)

Saturday: Worship, Prayer, Session, Mini group sessions, and LUNCH.

Sunday: breakfast, worship, and prayer with group time before departure.


Register here: (MUST Use This Link for Discount)