You CAN Homeschool in High School

The Importance of Developing Your Student to be an Independent Learner

The key to homeschooling in high school is to develop your student to be an independent learner.

Many homeschool parents get intimidated when their teens enter high school. Homeschooling up through junior high was great, but now the stakes seem a lot higher and the pressure feels a lot greater.  Some families decide to send their children to public or private school for high school and if that’s what works for your […]

Update on my Book: Stand Strong

Yes, I'm still writing it!

Celebrate with me! Chapter one is done!

Celebrate with me as I do a little happy dance.  After nearly five years of studying and note-taking and one year of organizing those ideas into chapters, I have finally completed my rough draft of my very first chapter of my very first book!  And chapter 2 is on the verge of being finished.  It’s […]

I Don’t Wait Anymore

Book Review and Giveaway

I Don't Wait Anymore

Life has a way of turning out differently than we expected, doesn’t it?  When God takes us in a direction we never thought we’d go, it’s easy to get confused and discouraged.  What do we do when God doesn’t come through the way we thought he would and we find ourselves on a path we […]

You Did What?!

6 Ways to Help Your Teens When They Blunder

6 Ways to Help Your Teens When They Blunder

Learning how to behave like a mature responsible adult is hard work.  The transition from child to adult is fraught with opportunities for foibles and failures, missteps and misunderstandings.  As parents, it’s our job to guide our teens through this turbulent time so they can learn from their mistakes and grow in wisdom.  We have […]

Receive Your Teen as a Gift

How to encourage your teen's God-given identity (even when it's not what you thought it would be.)

Do you ever look at your teen and think, “Where did this person come from?  She’s nothing like me at all!”  Sometimes being a good parent means we have to lay aside our own preconceived plans and dreams. Often, we just have to get out of their way and let them become who God created […]

Link Up with Mommy Moments!

I’m excited to be a guest host for the Mommy Moments Link-Up this week.  If you have a blog post to share, you can add your link to the group.  Whether you have a post to share or not, you can browse a bunch of great posts from other bloggers by following the links below. […]

When Your Boy Becomes a Man

When your boy becomes a man--a mother's thoughts on the eve of her son's 18th birthday

I was so terrified as the nurses prepared me to leave the hospital. Don’t they know they are making a mistake?  I burst into tears as the enormity of the responsibility of becoming a mother settled on me—smothered me, like an elephant lying down on a frail bed of hay. (Visited 320 times) You may […]

The Busy Girl’s Guide to Working Out

Exercise Consistently Even if You're Too Busy

Do you want to workout more consistently, but can't find the time? Here are some great ideas to get you started.

Finding time to exercise is one of the greatest fitness challenges we busy mommies face.  As I tell my children whenever they’ve lost something and expect me to magically produce it for them, “It won’t find you.  You have to go find it.”  The same thing applies to working out.  The time to make it […]

How to Help your Teen Become a Responsible Adult

Balancing Boundaries and Freedom

Guiding your teen from child to adult requires sensible boundaries and increasing freedom.

We all want our teens to become responsible adults someday, but how do we do it?  And what is our ultimate goal anyway? Our oldest son is turning 18 this month, so I have been pondering these questions for a long time.  And with 3 teenagers in the house (plus 5 others who will be […]

Easy Ways to Drink More Water

How to Hydrate Frequently

Drinking enough water doesn't have to involve complicated math or bland water. Here are easy and yummy tips to help you drink more water every day.

This post is the second part of the why and how of staying well hydrated.  If you missed the first part, read why water is so important to every other part of your health here.  Now that we are motivated to drink more water, we are going to talk about how to get it done. […]

Are You Drinking Enough Water?

Why You Must Hydrate Frequently

Even mild dehydration can negatively impact your health, energy level, and mood. Are you drinking enough water?

Hydrate Frequently Welcome back to 7 Weeks to Build a Stronger Body!  We are in the 3rd week now and hopefully you have figured out your why and identified some attitudes about food you want to adjust.  This week is all about drinking enough water. Your Body is Mostly Water Have you heard the saying, […]

Nourish Deliberately: 6 Easy Principles of Healthy Eating, #4-6

7 Weeks to a Stronger Body, Week Two, Part 2

Nourish deliberately. 6 easy principles of eating healthy, part 2.

Today, we are continuing our look at 6 easy principles of healthy eating.  If you missed the first 3 principles, use the links at the bottom to read those first and then meet us back here for the second half. (Visited 59 times) You may also enjoy: Nourish Deliberately: 6 Easy Principles of Healthy Eating, […]

Nourish Deliberately: 6 Easy Principles of Healthy Eating, #1-3

7 Weeks to a Stronger Body, Week Two, Part 1

6 Easy Principles of Healthy Eating

Make Deliberate Choices to Nourish Your Body Welcome back to the second week of 7 Weeks to a Stronger Body!  Hopefully, you found your “why” in Week One.  (If you missed it, you can use the links at the bottom to back track.)  Now we’ll get to the nitty gritty of “how” and we’ll start […]

You Only Get One Body

7 Weeks to a Stronger Body, Week One, Part 4

You only get one body for this life. Make it count!

You Only Get One Body  God only issues us each one body for this life.  He expects us to take good care of it. We would all do well to spend less time complaining about the way we’ve been made and more time figuring out how to care for and maintain what he has already […]

Build a Stronger Body for the Glory of God

7 Weeks to Build a Stronger Body Week One, Part 3

Build a Stronger Body for the Glory of God

We are setting aside the next 7 weeks to build a stronger body.  This week is all about finding your why.  You can’t stay committed for the long haul if don’t have a compelling reason to.  I want you to ask yourself, “Why is a stronger body important to me personally?” I’ve already shown you […]