Author: Lea Ann Garfias

For the Holiday You’re Running From

I run hard two miles early every other morning, my black shoes slapping the pavement with intensity. I run hard. Hard enough to soak my shirt. Hard enough tear ligaments from my joints. Hard enough to shatter bones in my feet . . . twice. I can’t run hard enough or fast enough. “When was the last time you talked to him?” my husband innocently asked about the person wounding my soul. The soul scab ripped open, and I dashed down the street, breaking my own speed record the mile home, breaking into a sweat only when I burrowed into my closet under my blanket, patting away the sweat but unable to stop the internal bleeding. I could not run from the reality full of pain. He doesn’t love me. Did he ever love me? The questions I cried out to God twenty years ago, two decades past when first abandoned and disowned, the same came back with greater intensity than before. Why again? Can there be no trust, no protection, no reconciliation? Am I just a …

FREE Homeschool Magazine

The Mar/Apr issue of Homeschool Enrichment Magazine is now free! The digital edition is remastered and beautiful, now convenient to read from all your devices. This new version features a large, full-screen view of the beautiful graphics and content. Click anywhere on the page to zoom in and see every last detail. This particular issue focuses on the subject of history as well as spring projects and ideas. Some of the topics include the following: Rediscovering the Most Important Subjects Reading Comprehension Show-and-Tell Picture Books As History Hands-On History STEM For Your Early Learner Dual Enrollment: Essential Skills Mountaintop Moments and much more! You’ll find columns and advice for every stage of your student’s growth, as well as spiritual encouragement for yourself. I encourage you to check it out now.

Introducing “The Genuine Homeschool Mom”

You may have noticed a couple of changes around here. That’s because you told me so! Here’s why I’m blaming you for my new name, new logo, and new direction. A couple of months ago, I asked your opinion about my writing, my books, my blog, and my social media presence. And it was all for a good reason. I lost sight of why I was here in the first place. I didn’t know what I was writing anymore, who I was writing it for, or why in the world they would want to read it. So I took some really good advice and conducted a branding survey. I asked a lot of open-ended questions because I just wanted to know what you really thought, not what you thought I wanted you to say. Know what I mean? And I was blown away. Over half of you said you read my blog and/or books because you find me “real and authentic” and still “encouraging and uplifting.” That was shocking, because I don’t look at myself …

Books I’ve Been Reading (and one for you)

I’ve been doing quite a bit of reading lately. And it looks to be a particularly book-filled year. So I’ve decided to not only share some of my favorite reads with you . . . but actually send some of my favorite reads to you! Every morning, I start my day with devotions and reading time. This habit, which I’ve practiced since I was a young girl, helps my mind and soul wake up while my body attempts to catch up. By keeping this date with myself — and reading extra on sick days and weekends — I can power through a few books a month. Spoiler alert — I’m heavy into nonfiction. I know that fiction is good for me, but I just gravitate toward answers to burning questions. If you have a good fiction recommendation, please leave the title in the comments! And as for how you can have one of these books for your own collection, just keep reading to the end. Some Books that Made Me Think . . . and …