Christianity, Homeschooling, Parenting

Hello!

Welcome to my blog. I pray you find encouragement from it.

I am a wife to one wonderful husband, and a mom to four terrific kids. My children are growing up, the youngest being sixteen.  As a result, I have a little more time available.  I have been looking for a way to share some things I have learned about life and family living as well as develop my writing skills (something I’ve wanted to improve for a long time!) .   So – Voila! – my blog.

The information I share is not really mine.  It is a compilation of the many, many books I’ve read over the years on parenting and homemaking, ideas I have gleaned from listening to others who have gone before me, and Biblical principles that are timeless and enduring. The blog posts cover a range of topics including homeschooling, parenting, marriage, and, of course, motherhood.

Being a wife and a mother can be challenging, but they are the highest of callings!  And so rewarding!  If you are feeling overwhelmed with life, please make yourself a cup of tea and sit down here with me for just a minute.  My prayer is that you will walk away refreshed!

Blessings,

Eden

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Family, Homeschooling, Motherhood, Parenting

Thumbprints and Homeschooling

What the heck do thumbprints have to do with homeschooling?

Well, think about what you know about thumbprints. They are unique to everyone; no two people have the same thumbprint. My thumbprint is different from my mother’s thumbprint. My child’s thumbprint is different from my thumbprint. Even identical twins have unique thumbprints. Like snowflakes, God has made each of us unique with both a unique thumbprint and unique purpose.

Your homeschool is like your thumbprint. It is unique; there are no two homeschools that are the same. Your homeschool is a conglomeration of your personality, your spouse’s personality, your children’s personalities, your faith, and the specific plans God has for you. Two families can be using the same curriculum, have the same theological beliefs, be of similar family structures and similar personality temperaments, yet their schools will still function very differently.

This “uniqueness” is important to remember when interacting with other homeschooling families. You see, there is a game we homeschoolers play when we are out and about with other homeschoolers. It’s called, “Let’s Secretly Compare”. And while learning from others can be a good thing, comparing yourself to others can be harmful.

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Family, Motherhood, Parenting

The Season of Exodus

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“The Lord said to Moses, “Depart; go up from here, you and the people whom you have brought up out of the land of Egypt, to the land of which I swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, saying, ‘To your offspring I will give it.’ Exodus 33:1 (ESV)

When I was a little girl I dearly loved Christmas Day.  While all the events leading up to Christmas were exciting (the cookie baking, letters to Santa and gift wrapping, etc.), to me they were merely steps along the path leading to the ultimate destination – Christmas morning.  As soon as the weather turned cold in late November my longings for the arrival of December 25th started to churn.  I counted down the December days and cursed the slowness of the calendar. Periodically (when no one was around) I would vigilantly search the house for hidden gifts (to my parents’ extreme frustration). Every Christmas Eve I listened and watched for Santa (making it quite difficult for my parents to finish their last minute gift wrapping), and rejoiced with pure delight and relief when Christmas Day finally arrived and I could run downstairs to see what wondrous surprises were waiting for me under the tree.  On December 25th my joy became complete.

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Our Curse-Ravaged Homes

Another great article from Desiring God Ministries:

“All I need to do is practice hammering up my own tent so I’m ready with a peg in hand when my time comes.”

http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/when-women-face-their-curse-ravaged-homes

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Motherhood is a Calling

A wonderful article from Desiring God ministries.

http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/motherhood-is-a-calling-and-where-your-children-rank

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Boys, Family, Motherhood, Parenting

Family is a Verb

Family is a Verb…..

from Ann Voskamp

http://www.aholyexperience.com/2015/06/when-family-breaks-your-heart/

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The Obedience Trifecta: Or the “Three-finger Strategy”

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Lest you think by looking at the picture that this post is about the three Harry Potter children, it isn’t. I just thought the little fingers were cute, are they not?.

This post IS about fingers, though…..sort of.

When our children were young my husband and I really wanted to focus on their obedience.  We knew obedience would be key if we wanted a peaceful home.  We weren’t sure, being young ourselves and having four small children, how to carry out this goal.  To gain some wisdom on this I listened to cassette tapes (yes, I am that old) of the same name by Elisabeth Elliot which taught the importance of instilling obedience in your children:peaceful home lI listened to my “Peaceful Home” tapes over and over again.  They were a tremendous help.  Soon after I had all but memorized these tapes, I became aware of an additional component to obedience that I hadn’t heard before – for lack of a better description, I call it the Obedience Trifecta (OT).  This OT answered a concern we had (not from what we learned on the tapes, but with our own parenting style): we didn’t want our kids to just mindlessly obey like robots; we wanted them to obey well.  I can’t remember how I first heard about this trifecta (the author of the concept didn’t call it a “trifecta”, that was just my name for it).  The idea came from either reading a book or listening to a radio show.  (If anyone knows of its author/origin please let me know so I can give them credit.) The OT had three components: a child’s obedience must be 1. right away, 2. all the way, and 3. the happy way.  To help children remember this, the parent held up three fingers to remind their kids of these expectations.  I loved the idea and we decided to give it a try. Here is how the concept played out in our home.

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