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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 […]

5 Steps to Overcoming Learning Gaps in your Homeschool

Somewhere along the line of my homeschool journey I have acquired a few stragglers. Like the ones who lag behind on a walk because they saw something interesting, I have a few children who are lagging behind in their lessons because it seems anything is more interesting to them than school. The arbitrary line of […]

#51 Your Homeschool Challenges–My Solutions

I asked what your biggest homeschool challenges were and was inundated with answers! In today’s podcast episode I address some of the top ones with some practical solutions…

I asked what your biggest homeschool challenges were and was inundated with answers! In today's podcast episode I address some of the top ones with some practical solutions...

The Biggest Homeschool Challenges (and How to Overcome them)

Homeschooling is incredibly challenging. Just when you feel like you have figured something out, everything changes. The shifting sands of homeschooling can be exhausting and overwhelming but we don’t need to be a victim to our circumstances! I asked my Facebook group what their biggest homeschool challenges were and was inundated with comments. I have […]

To the Christian Considering The Good and the Beautiful

About a year ago I posted a video about Why we were not using The Good and the Beautiful (TGTB) and it exploded. Nearly every week, consistently and without fail, I receive at least one hate mail e-mail from someone. They are long, they are well-thought out, they are barbed with insults and condemnation. Nearly […]

#50 The Rabbit Trail Episode

Sometimes I feel like my brain is just not organized enough for what I do. There are so many thoughts jumbling around in my head it is difficult to focus on just one thing… for any length of time. After staring at my computer for a good 15 minutes going over ideas for this weeks […]

The Ultimate Build Your Bundle Guide

I wanted to write a post to help explain what Build Your Bundle is, how it works this year, how you can save the most money, my favorite bundles, and a free printable to help you plan your shopping. Don’t forget that I am a contributor to the sale with my two brand new courses […]

Homeschooling Hacks to Save Money

Disclaimer:

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.

Homeschooling is not cheap. The more kids you have, the more supplies and books you need, the more strain it can put on the finances. But it doesn’t have to be that way! There are so many ways to save money and homeschool on a budget! Let’s talk about some money saving homeschool hacks plus […]

#49 Dear Kids: Your Time is Yours

Dear kids, I am tired. Tired of being the bad guy. Tired of pushing you to do what you don’t want to do and trying to convince you why you need to. I get it, I don’t like doing what people tell me either, especially when I don’t understand why. So I’m raising the white […]

#48 The Problem with Homeschooling

Homeschooling is so much harder than I ever imagined it could be. Nothing could have prepared me for the amount of stretching and pressing that would occur in this homeschool environment. It is both the most challenging and most rewarding experience of my life–a wild ride. In my line of work I get a TON […]

#47 Brave Writer in a Nutshell

Brave Writer is so much more than just a homeschool language arts curriculum, it is a way of life! I’ll never forget the day we stumbled upon one of Julie’s videos. Her words resonated with me deeply, her approach seemed so unique, could it really be that simple? Could I really teach my children the […]

#46 Homeschooling Q&A

Disclaimer:

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.

Today’s podcast episode is a little bit different than my regular deal because I invited my hubby to join me. I had so many good ideas for today’s podcast and couldn’t decide so we ended up doing it Q&A style and tackling a few different topics in one episode. This post is your resource for […]

Letting Go of Expectations

Is it enough? We all have them, the burdens we bear on our backs, trudging through the trenches of our homeschool journey tired, weighed down, and anxious. Our expectations are a result of our own experiences, outside pressures that we face and even inner fears. Perhaps we expect it to look perfect, maybe we are […]

#45 Balancing Work and Homeschool

Planning speaking engagements and presentations, writing curriculum and books, blog posts, live videos, responding to comments and emails, creating courses… this is my life. This is what I do into the wee hours of the morning, this is what I do when my kids are sleeping or playing outside. This is what I do instead […]

#44 Can You Homeschool Without Curriculum?

If you follow me on Instagram you have probably heard the melody of change. Something new is on the horizon and I am in the middle of processing what it is and what it looks like. I feel a calling, a stirring deep within, to step out of the shallows of homeschooling into deeper waters. […]

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