I used to review curriculum, now I create it

What Should We Do?

This past week I have been wrestling. Wrestling with my Christian response to everything that is happening right now in our government, in our country, in our province. God, when do I stand, when do I wait? The biggest thing I am personally feeling (and I do believe we all have to go to God […]

#75 Put on Your Blinders…

Have you ever faced a season in your life where you just feel lost in a sea of mud? Maybe you are facing judgement and condemnation, maybe you are feeling pressured or rejected, maybe you are busy and overwhelmed. Whatever the situation is, the idea of running your race can feel downright daunting. In today’s […]

#74 The Power of Life and Death

Today’s episode is all about the tongue. In our reading through the rest of 1 Samuel this week and David’s psalms and praises, I have been so struck by the power of our words. From declaring who God is, to declaring to our soul, to speaking truth, to being for peace… it can be incredibly […]

#73 A Woman After God’s Own Heart

In our Bible reading plan (which you can download for free by the way) we have been reading about David, who was known as being a man after God’s own heart. And it made me ponder why. Why was he called that? Who were the “greats” in the Bible, the fierce women in the Bible, […]

#72 He Is Close

I actually recorded this podcast last week but have been so busy I never got around to posting it. For anyone wanting the most instantaneous podcast updates, I am now posting them first in my free app: Gather ‘Round Homeschool as soon as they are done simply because I don’t have to write a blog […]

#71 Why I Think Our View of Education is Broken

It’s been a long time guys. I’m tired: 3 launches this month and 2 next, online conventions and the insanity of covid-19. I edit, I write, I pray, I homeschool, I don’t cook very often these days so I send Jonathan out to buy food, a lot. Then it starts all over again the next […]

#70 And Yet… God is Good

Even in the storm, he is good. Even in caronavirus, he is good. Today’s episode is a bit different than some of my others. We talk about the current situation that is impacting everyone everywhere in this completely new way and my thoughts on it. I tie in what I’ve been learning in Job and […]

#69 Awe and Wonder

Welcome to our first podcast about our Read Through the Bible in a Year plan! I am fascinated by Genesis. Beginnings are telling, are they not? We get a glimpse not just at a different time period, but of a different set of rules. A set of rules where there was no sickness, where the […]

#68 Spiritual Authority

Spiritual authority: what does that mean and what does it look like? Do you ever feel tired of praying for something and feeling like your prayers aren’t powerful? Today’s episode is my musings on spiritual authority and what I feel God has taught me about this topic. It isn’t about praying a certain way or […]

#67 GODCAST: Read through the Bible with Me

Today I am so incredibly excited to be announcing the release of the completely free chronological bible reading plan that I created. This has been something God laid on my heart a few months ago that I put on the shelf but I have felt really strongly that this is supposed to happen so here it […]

#66 New Direction

Today I talked about everything, just processing all the changes, all the things I think God is calling me into for this blog, podcast, page, group, etc. and where that all came from. I talk about my testimony, I share my heart for why worldview matters, I talked about my speaking schedule, the plan for […]

#65 Homeschooling in the Early Years

I got nothing, no fancy blog post, no fancy pictures. But I figure I can post this episode or I can wait until I have time to blog about it. In today’s episode I interview my 6 year old daughter, and then I finish it off with my thoughts on our interview. If you are […]

#64 Godcast: Intimacy with God

From the earliest I can remember, I was a “Christian”. The word itself grades on me. I feel like it doesn’t mean what it should mean, I feel like it doesn’t accurately portray my relationship with God. You see, I am not a go to church on Sunday, pray when life is hard, ask God […]

#63 Confessions of a Curriculum Junkie

Someone, somewhere out there, is going to be offended by my title. And if you are offended by my title, you will MOST definitely be offended by my examples in today’s podcast episode. Addicted to curriculum, something we laugh about and yet something that can have serious damaging effects on our homeschool journey: discontent, lack […]

A Gather ‘Round Christmas

With Gather ‘Round Homeschool launching every month, I am usually not the person writing anymore… there just simply isn’t enough of me to go around. I spend my days planning and vision casting future units, making the large plans, organizing timelines and deliveries, editing and proofing, answering questions from writers and designers and proofers, and […]

#62 Godcast: Dream and Plod

Earlier this week I posted a podcast episode where I promised a mid-week special. It is late, but it is here! Today’s podcast is a Godcast… it’s all about Him. I hardly mention the word homeschooling so I want to make sure that everyone knows I’m going deep and wide today and am not staying […]

#61 Homeschool Joy

I am hesitating. It is 9am, hours after my podcast normally goes live and here I sit convincing myself that this one should just sit on the bench. But somewhere along the way, I have learned that it is often these posts, these videos, these podcasts that I don’t want to post, that I doubt… […]

#60 Unqualified

Unqualified. It’s just a word, but it is also a judgement based on someone’s opinion. What qualifies you to teach your children or walk in your ministry or help anyone with anything? If we are always looking to someone to qualify us, stamp us with their seal of approval, our qualifications are fickle and in […]

# 59 The Real Homeschoolers of North America

What is a real life homeschool day in your home? If you’re anything like me, it doesn’t mimic the YouTube videos we see with the cutesy little music and the smiling mom with the pristine house. Maybe you are homeschooling crammed around your kitchen table with crumbs on your books, or maybe you are working […]

#58 Being a Homeschooled Child

True story, I am 100% loading this without writing just to get it up for you guys. I also didn’t really mention any links but I will come back and write a bit before I share it tomorrow socially. In case you come here before I get to that though… this episode is me talking […]

#57 My Story

How did a girl who got married when she was 19, had no college or university degree and greatest desire was to just be a mom and homeschool her kids get where I am today? How did I write books and start writing Bible curriculum? How did I start a blog and grow it to […]

#56 I Thought It Would Be Better

It’s like the unspoken thought settling uncomfortably in the back of our heads: the one we push back when our kids hate their school. It’s the elephant in the room when we feel overwhelmed, exhausted, frustrated, angry, and disappointed with homeschooling. Everyone talked about it like it was so great, it looks somehow more beautiful […]

#55 What I Want My Homeschool To Be…

This week I received an e-mail from Lindsey and her question was so good I decided to do a podcast episode about it! Her question was: “You talk a lot about accepting your kids where they are and removing heavy burdens and expectations that they live up to the long list of requirements that public […]

Why I Have Decided to Combine Faith and Business

Separation of Church and State… that idea permeates not just politics but also the business world. Good business is when you put faith on the back burner so everyone feels welcome and you can stay focused on business. Like a clinical hospital… good business is when you stay “professional” and don’t get personal. In the […]

Top 10 Homeschool Science Curriculum Comparison

If you are in the market for an elementary homeschool science curriculum, this post is your one-stop shopping guide! Learn the key features of various programs, watch a short video clip where you can peek inside and see how it is laid out and whether or not it will work for your family! If you […]

#54 The Conversation Episode

I am sitting in my trailer, the rain pitter-pattering on the roof and my kids strewn haphazardly on their bunks in our 29′ trailer. There is sand on the floor, all of our clothes are soaked, there’s a weird smell coming from the fridge and we are beyond exhausted… all the signs and symptoms of […]

#53 My Homeschool Style

I get asked all the time what I do and how I do it. What is my homeschool style? What does a typical day look like? Today’s podcast episode is a glimpse into reality. What happens when you get sick and summer is in full swing and you have a lazy day? How can you […]

#52 The Marriage Episode

Talking about my marriage isn’t easy for me. It is Monday afternoon, hours after my podcast usually goes live and yet I am hesitating pushing the publish button. Some of the things we are sharing in today’s podcast episode are things we haven’t really shared with even our own families and friends before. As I […]

The Original ScrapBox DreamBox Tour

One of the awesome things about being a blogger is that companies send me free stuff and even pay me to review their products! Sometimes they pay me a small percentage by affiliate links to track their sales while other times they just send me free product to show and try. This is part of how I support my blog but I want to make sure you know that I turn down 10 times more people than I accept because I only choose products that I would personally buy and recommend. This post is sponsored in one of those ways. For more info read my disclosure policy. And if you think this sounds like a pretty sweet gig, come on over and let me teach you how to do what I do in my blogging course or one of my other courses by clicking here.

Some time ago I saw a video that gave me a vision of what could be in my home. It was a video of someone opening up their Original ScrapBox DreamBox (stay tuned for a coupon code at the end) and I was absolutely smitten. I showed my husband, I planned and plotted and dreamed […]

I used to review curriculum, now I create it!