New Podcast Episode- Help! I Don't Enjoy Homeschooling Right Now!

Don't just survive the day---don't just "hang in there." You can have JOY in your homeschool, regardless of the craziness that surrounds each day!
Are you feeling like you can't go on just one more day? Everyone else looks like they are enjoying homeschool, and you are secretly loathing it?

Join Karen as she discusses how to find joy, even in the midst of hard times. Get the JOY back in each day, knowing that you are fulfilling a calling and raising the next generation for Jesus!
Whether you are going through major life troubles that are making it difficult to homeschool, or it is just the monotony of the days that are stealing your joy, all of us have had times where we just don't enjoy homeschooling.
Be encouraged as Karen shares her own experiences of job losses, homeschooling a bunch of littles, and just not even wanting to get out of bed some days.
Yet, because of God, she is now finding joy as she completes the task He has called her to fulfill!
Karen will also discuss the necessity of forming real and authentic friendships to support each other and not pretend we all have it together.
Let's get ready to discuss how we can PRAISE  even when things are not perfect!

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One Year Ago This Week...The Beginning of a Dream

It is hard to grasp the reality that one year ago this week, we first laid our eyes on our new home. We had always dreamed of a simpler life in the country, where we'd have some property and the kids could explore and enjoy nature. We'd have gardens and maybe even some chickens. ( wink wink...visit my Instagram and you'll see lots of chicken pictures these days!)

We dreamed of not necessarily a "house," but a place that we knew was home. Where we felt our roots were solid. And God finally answered that prayer, but it came after a long (and neceesary) road.

I still can't grasp that it's real. So much led up to this, that I can barely wrap my mind around it. And the details of it all are extraordinary and only something that can be explained by God. I still ask myself daily if I am dreaming, and then I think if I am...I'll just stay in the dream a little longer because it is oh, so wonderful. ;)

You know those things that you think will never happen, but you dream them anyway? That was us. We dreamed about a life that we now find ourselves living.

It wasn't easy getting here though. Please don't ever think my life has been picture-perfect. In fact, if you knew me in my teen/college years, it was quite tumultuous. I wasn't walking with the Lord and I was in full rebellion. I lived in darkness. Utter darkness. Even despair at times.

Those times feel even darker to me now that I live in the light...

I did, though, dream back then to find purpose in life and find it outside of myself. I finally found it a few years later in Christ. I have never been the same.

And the light is so much brighter now because I know the darkness. I can't help but share what He has done! 

The Lord has done great things for me and I am filled with joy. So while I am living what seems like a dream now, it wasn't always this way. If you are in a place where you are wondering what your purpose is, or if your dreams will be fulfilled, then I would tell you to pray for your dreams. And pray some more.

In the end what will happen is, God will either give you that dream...or He won't. But by praying, He will also line His will up with yours, and if you aren't meant to have that dream, you will no longer desire it. And He will place in your heart a dream that is from Him.

The only way to truly live life, is to let Him lead you in every step. Surrender your plans for HIs will, and ultimately no matter where you end up, you know you are in the right place.


New Podcast!

Join me for my NEW podcast!

You all know I love to write, but even more I love to chat! In real life! That is why I love doing conferences and speaking. So join me as I will be uploading new topics to my Podcast…all on my heart and simplifying!

I will be recording a new episode each week. I will post them up on the blog as they become available!

They are also available on iTunes!

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Keeping the Main Thing...The Main Thing

It's pretty easy these days to get distracted. This world is filled to the brim with things that take us away from our purpose.

Homeschooling had become a part of my life that had also been infiltrated with these distractions.

My mind wanders back to when I first began homeschooling. I really had no knowledge of what I was getting into or that there was even so much to get into! All I knew was God had called me, and I was ready to obey. Well, I didn't obey easily, but...that's another story ;)

Once God had called me and I realized we were really going to do this, I was eager to learn more so that I could do it "right." There was a whole community out there of others on this journey...and all of them seemed to be doing it "right."

Over the years, I have come to realize that only God can judge if I am doing it "right" for my family. He is the One I answer to each day. If I try to answer to all of the different voices out there, I am really just going to be just running in circles.

I realized several years into this journey that I must keep the main thing, the main thing.

And for me, the main thing is following God wherever He leads.

How quickly we can take our eyes off of our true goals because we are distracted by a website, a book, or a person. How quickly we can lose sight of our goals and try to make everyone else's goals our own.

The main thing becomes part of the background, mixed in with a whole bunch of noise.

What is your main thing? Why do you feel God called you to this journey? For each family, it will be different.

Don't homeschool because of the reasons others are homeschooling, but for the reason that God called YOU and your family.

I have seen the light at the end of the tunnel. We have now entered the high school years, and listening to God and to my gut on how I should homeschool, has proven to work for our family. I watch my daughter working independently and thinking for herself. I see her working diligently. I am seeing the fruit. Yet, in the years where I was still confused about how I should homeschool or what I should use to homeschool, I could have very easily just ended up confusing us all.

I am thankful that in those years, God let me work it out between Him and me and not between Him and others. I just kept following Him and what He was telling me, and thankfully the distractions didn't win.

It would have been very easy to give up His way for the way others were doing things. I am so grateful for Him directing my steps. I am so grateful to have Him as the main thing.

So ask yourself today...are you keeping the main thing, the main thing? Or are you so distracted you've forgotten what that even is? Take some time with the Lord and ask Him to guide your steps. Then listen, and listen to Him alone.

Read more in my new book!
Real Homeschool: Letting Go of the Pinterest-Perfect and Instagram-Ideal Homeschool


Life is Complicated. Thankfully, Jesus is Not

Sometimes I just can't write. I sit in front of my computer, and just stare. Nothing. Even though my head is swirling with thoughts, they are all mixed up and nothing comes out...

I had deadlines looming and blogs to run...yet I would just sit and stare.

Knowing that God would give me the words when He was ready, I stopped trying.

And now I sit, and all I can write about is how it is hard to write...

Hard, after a few weeks of so many emotions and circumstances, that they are all jumbled together. They're not ready to be sorted out yet. But in God's time they will.

Life is complicated. But thankfully, Jesus is not. He is so simple. He is right there ready to redeem it all.

And all I can think about to write is the truth that is so needed by so many.

We are all running this crazy race called life, with our eyes on so many things, and our feet running in all different directions. There are emotions and jobs and families and sickness, and stuff...so.much.stuff.

Yet, the most important truth we need to know in life to handle all of those things, is right here. The answers we need are so close. Yet, we strive, and we work, and we try to fix things...

It is so much simpler, if we just stop. Hear the truth, and be free. So free. Oh, so, free.

Life is hard and busy and full of complicated situations. Yet He gives us such a simple message.

The beauty of the gospel is this: We don't have to do one.single.thing. to earn salvation. In fact, we can not. It is impossible. Jesus saves. We do not. Jesus redeems. Jesus changes everything. Jesus is enough.

We don't have to strive, we don't have to earn it or work for it or buy it or anything else...no earthly thing can ever rule over Him. He is enough. Jesus paid the price for us all, so our sins can be covered and we can live in heaven. That is the simple truth. We accept it and repent of our sins, and we are free. We are free from any rules and legalism and any other falsehood that tells us we must DO something in order to earn salvation.

The simple truth is- Jesus earned it for us. We reap the reward for what HE did. Does that blow your mind? It should. And if it does, then, and only then do we work, not out of guilt or hoping to achieve something or be rewarded...but out of love. Pure love. Love that then should spill out of our pores into every crevice of our life...and flow into others lives, until we are just spreading His love wherever we go. Love that grows and grows because we just can't get over the fact that HE died for us. And we will live. We don't deserve it, yet here we are. Face to face with the truth. The beautiful truth.

So take your eyes off the world for a bit...because truth is....this world is fading and it's fading fast. The only thing eternal is HIM. Take your eyes off the stuff, the busyness, the clutter, the complications, the work, the details of life...whatever it is that is keeping you from staring truth in the face. Come face to face with truth...hear it. Believe it. Be free.

So simple. So, so simple. Amidst the complications of life, I cling to the most simple but important truth there is.

Jesus is enough.


New Podcast Episode: HELP! I'm Not Equipped to Homeschool!

Help! I’m Not Equipped to Homeschool
You may not be equipped, but God supplies the equipment!

I’m not organized enough.
I’m not smart enough.
I’m not disciplined enough.
We don’t have enough money.
I’m a mess!
Help! I’m Not Equipped to Homeschool!
Feeling like you are being called to homeschool, but don’t feel equipped?
Or are you in the midst of homeschooling and feel like you just can’t go on?
Have no fear. If God has called you, He will equip you!
Join me as we talk about all these things and how I have learned to overcome.

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Freedom From Clutter

New Podcast Episode!
Freedom From Clutter:

I recently wrote about living a clutter-free life and that post really hit home with so many people. Tonight, I sat down to discuss this issue, and really get to the heart.

For years now I have been simplifying and living a more clutter-free life, and last year it all really came to a head when we moved to a new home. We took only what was necessary, and I have found so much freedom in having less stuff. It was a fresh start.

The irony of our society is that we have so much stuff, and continue to seek more, yet we are finding people more and more stressed, busy, and dissatisfied. Why is that?

Our joy comes from so much more than stuff and externals do not define us. Jesus does. Even if you aren’t moving to a new home, you can still choose to start fresh and lessen the amount of clutter in your life.

Face it, more stuff means more stuff to manage and it often brings more stress.

Do you want more peace? More joy? Freedom to live life without being weighed down by stuff?

Join me as we discuss finding freedom from clutter!
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