All posts tagged: review

The Kind of Friend You Can Disagree With and Still Learn From

Lindsey at Side by Side Learning is a new friend. I’m not even sure how our paths crossed, but she’s on the Rocking Ordinary launch team, and it’s been a joy to get to know her. She wrote a beautiful reminder of how we learn through friendship a few weeks ago, and I read it aloud to the publishing team as we were setting up to record the small group study kit dvd. I read it aloud and got all choked up, because this is what it’s all about, my friends. Learning from one another and growing together. Take a look: There were a couple of things [in Rocking Ordinary] that were foreign to me. A couple of things that I don’t agree with or have a different viewpoint on. Differences aren’t a bad thing. Just as friends aren’t all the same. Who wants to hang out with people exactly like themselves? That would get boring fast. We need friends that are different than us. Friendships change you. They can challenge you, help you see things different …

Just Another Ordinary Summer (and what a friend really thinks)

My friend Jackie and I have lots in common. We both homeschool, we both blog, we’re roughly the same age, we both have four children, we both love good books. And we both walked through a messy, painful situation that tested our faith and our friendship, and we came through it stronger than ever. God is good. So, Jackie knows the real me, and I was so glad she offered to read an early copy of Rocking Ordinary. What would she think?  Did it help? Was I sincere? Did it ring true? I was so nervous about her reading it, I hardly spoke to her about it at all. But then, she told me what she really thought: I met Lea Ann through kind of unusual circumstances. Circumstances that would have given her every right to not reply to my first message to her, that she didn’t want to get wrapped up in, that were messy and sad and disappointing. But she chose to be a friend to me, through lots of messages exchanged and prayers prayed. I’ve …

[free gift] Extraordinary in an Ordinary World

I met Kimberly at writer’s group, that monthly meeting of shy wordsmiths who tentatively pass around papers and give back encouragement and advice. Kimberly read early messy drafts of my book baby and loved me through the run-on sentences and bad formatting, cheering me on toward submission (manuscript submission, that is). Kimberly knows deep in her heart that the truth comes out through pain, that happiness comes after tragedy. She yearns to reach out to help you, that’s why she created a special gift for all our rocking ordinary friends. Here’s her story. I cannot tell you the times where I have felt alone. When my children were growing up and I was making an attempt to raise them right. When I was going through both of my divorces. (Yes, I’ve been divorced twice.) When dealing with the faces of addiction in my family. When Dad passed away from stomach cancer after only being reunited with him for three short weeks. Whatever the season in our lives, there is bound to be a feeling of …

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 …