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Harvesting and Homeschooling

Today I plan to freeze tomatoes, pick raspberries, and dry lemon balm—in the car of all places(!), something I learned from Traditional Cooking’s Dehydrating course.  We also need to clean up windfall apples in our little apple orchard and, on top of that, there is schoolwork to do. This is a problem, because it is […]

Notes on Teaching From Rest by Sarah Mackenzie

With a houseful of children to both care for and teach, most homeschoolers feel their lives are anything but restful.  Most of us, like Sarah Mackenzie, wake up with our minds racing, doing four things at once just to make it through the day’s tasks. But it doesn’t have to be that way.  In fact, […]

Searching for the Positive

As I was outlining the possible outcomes of a dreaded medical appointment to Miss 18, she said, “There, now you’ve said something positive about each possibility.” And I responded, “Well, since God is in charge and loves us there is something positive in everything.  We may as well focus on finding what that is rather […]

Zeal Without Burnout for Homeschoolers

At this time of year most homeschoolers are feeling a little bit burnt out.  That’s no wonder after an intense ten months of teaching some of the most important people in our lives some of the most important things they will ever learn.  Or perhaps vainly trying to teach them without actually succeeding, which is […]

Celebrating Ascension Day

Tomorrow is Ascension Day, the day we celebrate that Jesus went to heaven. But why is that a cause for celebration? Why is it good that Jesus went to heaven? First of all, of course, he is interceding for us at God’s right hand.  (Romans 8:34) And, amazing thought, he is busy preparing a place […]

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