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Giveaway: Pitchin’ a Fit

Parenting is the worst. Seriously, it’s a twenty-year (or more) sentence to a prison of imperfection, the impossibility of changing small people into what we want. Then we quickly learn from experience that doesn’t work. So we get mad. Actually, the socially-acceptable term is frustrated or annoyed, but we all know what we really mean: steam comes out our ears and loud noises out our mouths every day. And we think that’s the way it has to be. My friends Brook and Israel Wayne totally get that. They have ten children (and frequently take them on the road), so they know insanity like few people. They sent me this book on how to not be so angry, and I wanted to laugh. Because I thought God made them with no anger emotions at all (or else they used a really good essential oil or something). But no, apparently they have genuine struggles, too. Or else they have watched me turn into a monster every day at 4pm. I had come to love so much having all my “ducks in …

9 Ways to Find Time to Read

We are super-busy moms, aren’t we? Between family and housework, homeschool and ministry, we need something else on our todo list like we need a hole in the head. In case you’re too tired to sort that out, I’ll make it clear: you don’t need a hole in the head. You need some rest, some relaxation, some freshly roasted dark Peruvian coffee beans, but not a hole in the head or more on the todo list. So, how in the world are we going to shoe-horn some reading time into our packed schedules? I talked with my daughter about that very issue last week. We are super busy with studies and violin performances and ministry and all the things, but we both read quite a bit. I get about fifty books a year consumed, and Adana devours several times that (on top of her heavy homeschool reading!). Here’s some of our best tips: How can we make time to read? When we chatted together about reading, we found several tips that make reading fun and …

WIN >> 5 Minute Devotions for the Homeschool Mom

Giveaway: 5 Minute Devotions for the Homeschool Mom

I’m deep, deep into my book about #OrdinaryIsExtraordinary this week. The manuscript is due to the publisher at the end of this month, and I’m making a last effort to cram extra awesome into it for you. So that’s why I’m not around her much; I’m buried in pages and notes and heavy red marks. Send coffee. While I’m gone, my friend Tina Nahid offered to stop by and give you a special gift of encouragement. Tina is one of those rare friends–someone who has watched me eat and still likes me! I can really chow down, and I will fight you for the chips and salsa, but Tina doesn’t let that intimidate her. We no longer get to share the chip basket at Homeschool Moms Dinner Club, because Tina up and moved on us. But she left me this devotional, Five Minute Devotions for the Homeschool Mom. Tina knows we homeschool moms need a grab-and-go encouragement, a quick meditation to pray over as we work through our day. So be sure to sign up at the end to win your …

The One Thing that Helps You Survive a Crazy, Hectic, Bang-Your-Head-on-the-Wall Homeschool Day

I’m excited to have my friend Jenny Herman share with us today. Jenny is the author of The Power of One, an inspiring look at one simple strategy that helps us ordinary moms overcome the roughest days. Today she explains how we can turn those days around. Even better–she’s giving away her book to a lucky reader! Read on to find out how to get a copy AND a free resource! Let’s face it. Just like classroom teachers, homeschool parents have crazy, hectic, bang-your-head-on-the-wall homeschool days. Oh, sure, we may appear like confident, put-together homeschoolers, but really we get frazzled just like everyone else. Why? Oh, I don’t know. Maybe it’s the Dishes holding the sink hostage, spilling over to all available counter space. Toddler Destructo who takes everything apart while you teach the older kids. Heartbreak of a challenge like dyslexia or apraxia. Child who just can’t get that math concept, no matter what you try. Difference between your teaching style and your child’s learning style. Stress of financial issues pressing into your thoughts while you …