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Karen DeBeus

Podcast

How We Have Thrived as a One-Income Family

This podcast is sponsored by Apologia.com

This is not a “financial advice episode” but an encouragement episode. We are not going to tell you how to make money or start a business, but get to the heart of the matter.

Today I have my very favorite guest with me–my hubby, Steve! We have been a one-income family since early on in our marriage and I wanted to share our story to encourage others that it is possible to survive and THRIVE as a one-income family. We were married right out of college, had a baby that first year, lost three jobs, had four kids, and homeschooled- all while remaining a one-income family. God has truly provided for our needs when we sought Him first. We are not saying our way is the right way to do things (only God can tell you what is right for your family) but we are sharing how we have managed to listen to God above society’s standards for the past 17 years.

God has given Steve a thriving business as our sole provider and has even provided opportunities for me to contribute along the way. A simple lifestyle with our eyes on God has made all the difference.

A Few Things to Mention:

  • We use Samaritans Ministries for Healthcare Coverage
  • Steve is the sole provider of our family with his business, Farmhaus Studios. He is a graphic designer who worked in the advertising field for many years before the instability of it all led us to start a family business and become self-employed. He now is able to use his talents in all areas of media- illustration, web, marketing, etc. And he is able to let God “run” his business 😉
  • Over the years, God has given me the opportunity to contribute to our family as well through my work at Simply Living for Him and Bible Based Homeschooling. He has continued to make it work for us by allowing me to have income as well, and we know He has provided to allow us to stick to our convictions to be home with our family.
  • Pre-kids I worked in the health/medical industry and have a degree in Home Economics with a concentration in Nutrition.
  • We see God’s hand in our entire journey to begin as a stay at home mother and now a stay at home family. All glory goes to Him alone!

Links mentioned in this episode:

What We Have Learned in Four Years as a Work-at-Home Family• Podcast Ep 44

New Podcast! How a Job Loss Changed Our Life

My Books

Speaking Opportunities

Steve’s business:

Farmhaus Studios

My other website—> Bible Based Homeschooling

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**NEW** LOW PRICE FOR RETREAT TICKETS! Register today. Space is Limited!

This summer, I am hosting a women’s retreat in Gettysburg, PA. In a world of excess, we are going to focus on that fact that Jesus is enough. The world will tell you YOU are enough. But truly, HE is enough. He is all we need. We don’t rely on ourselves, or earthly comforts, but on Him alone.  I have lived with it all stripped away, and I have seen that yes, Jesus is enough. In fact, Jesus is MORE than enough.

Early Bird Registration is Open! Join us for this life changing and life-giving event. You will spend two days with other sisters in Christ, tired of what the world offers, and ready to live the life that HE offers.

 

Check out where I am speaking in 2018—-> SPEAKING (UPDATED)

Listen to the Podcast—-> PODCAST

Watch my YouTube Channel–->YouTube

Visit my homeschooling site–>Bible Based Homeschooling

Shop Simply Living for Him——>SHOP (new items added!)

 

Podcast

Ten Resolutions for Your Homeschool in the New Year

Today I am sitting down to share some resolutions for your homeschool. They aren’t anything earth-shattering or Internet-breaking, but these simple changes can revolutionize your homeschool and your life. I am talking about social media, spending time with the Lord, comparison(within your family and with other moms), involving your children in homeschool plans, and consistency, just to name a few. 

And even if you aren’t a homeschooler, I believe these principles still apply to anyone looking to make permanent changes that last…and not just New Year’s resolutions.

Also, listen in and grab your FREE TWO-WEEK Trial from Phonics Museum–PLUS SOME FREEBIES!

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Links mentioned in this episode (or other helpful links!):

Phonics Museum App—> FREE Resources for YOU! (sponsor)

Being Consistent in Your Homeschool: When You Are Really A Fly-By-The-Seat-of-Your-Pants-Mama!

Creating Peace and Order in Your Homeschool•Podcast Ep 54

Podcast Ep 29 • One Thing You Must NOT Do In Your Homeschool

Simple Homeschool: Weed Out the Distractions and Focus on What is Important • Podcast Ep. 62

Simplify Your Life: Time Wasters

New Podcast Episode 24: Read Through the Entire Bible as a Family

FREE PRINTABLE: 31 Days of Praying for Your Homeschool

Get my books:

Simply Homeschool

Called Home

Real Homeschool

Have you tried the Phonics Museum app? I was given a trial and loved it! Check out this link and grab YOUR FREE PRODUCTS and YOUR FREE TWO-WEEK TRIAL!

–>www.phonicsmuseum.com/simply

Please visit our Podcast Sponsor:

**NEW** LOW PRICE FOR RETREAT TICKETS! Register today. Space is Limited!

This summer, I am hosting a women’s retreat in Gettysburg, PA. In a world of excess, we are going to focus on that fact that Jesus is enough. The world will tell you YOU are enough. But truly, HE is enough. He is all we need. We don’t rely on ourselves, or earthly comforts, but on Him alone.  I have lived with it all stripped away, and I have seen that yes, Jesus is enough. In fact, Jesus is MORE than enough.

Early Bird Registration is Open! Join us for this life changing and life-giving event. You will spend two days with other sisters in Christ, tired of what the world offers, and ready to live the life that HE offers.

 

Check out where I am speaking in 2018—-> SPEAKING (UPDATED)

Listen to the Podcast—-> PODCAST

Watch my YouTube Channel–->YouTube

Visit my homeschooling site–>Bible Based Homeschooling

Shop Simply Living for Him——>SHOP (new items added!)

 

 

 

 

 

Simply...Living For Him

Is Our Society Going Backward?

Is the Ease of Modern Life Helping or Hurting?

My family and I have found a new love for antiquing. Now, this is just a fun little activity we stumbled upon over the Christmas break, but what fun we had digging through vintage and old “stuff” in stores! It was like going back in time. It was fun to find toys or memorabilia that I remembered from my childhood. Lots of old records and books and all kinds of trinkets. There was the same set of dishes my Grandma had when we were growing up. Then there was really really old stuff—like the newspaper from the 1800’s we bought called, “For the Farm Country Gentleman” for $1.50! We framed it with a frame we already had and hung it in my kitchen. Fun and unique…and simple. That’s my kind of decor 😉 

One afternoon we found ourselves in the local antique shop and my husband was intrigued with this vintage printers set. It was a type case filled with the letters that were used in printing presses. He fiddled it with for awhile, as he is a graphic designer and it just mesmerized him! Each tiny little tile in the gorgeous wooden boxes were like a treasure for him.

On our drive home I asked him about it some more, and he explained to us how each letter would have to be set by hand  for each page of newspaper or whatever was being printed. And if that didn’t sound daunting enough…it had to be done backwards, so when it was printed it would be correctly laid out for reading. My first reaction was complete overwhelm! I said, “How on earth did they do it?” I mean, one paragraph seems like a ton of work, let alone a page or an entire book. And some of these tiles were teeny tiny!

And then it got me thinking…I am a product of our society.

Is it Too Easy?

Of course it was unfathomable to me to do that amount of work because in 2018 we really don’t have to do such tasks. As a matter of fact I am typing this our on my Mac computer, without thinking much about the type- I am not setting it backwards and lining it up and printing each page. I simply hit “publish” and it sends off to anyone in the world who wants to read it. And if I make a typo, I hit delete and voila! It’s fixed. Not so, if an entire page was printed with a typo! 🙁

Pretty incredible when you think about it really.

So, of course, that task seemed daunting to me. But, back then, that is all they knew. They didn’t know of Mac computers or even typewriters. They only knew hard work, so I suppose they weren’t comparing it as I am to the present ease of the computer.

And then I thought about how this applies to our society as a whole today.

Are we going backward?

I mean throughout all of civilization, we constantly have made improvements and moved forward. Little by little things became easier out of necessity. New ways of doing things were invented and technology boomed.

But are we on a decline now? The fact that my brain couldn’t wrap around such a difficult task made me realize how much my brain isn’t trained for! I mean, if it’s not easy and instantaneous, I get fidgety. 

But is instantaneous and easy always good for us?

Because this ease of life takes the work out, the thought, and even the process of doing the task.

If we keep moving forward at the pace we are going with technology, how will we know how to think? As it is these days, any fact I want to know, I can look up on a pocket device called my iPhone. But is that really beneficial? To a degree, yes. Definitely. Isn’t it amazing to be able to know anything I want in just a few seconds?

But, are we not thinking anymore? Are we so accustomed to instant answers that our brains aren’t working the way they used to?

These are just random thoughts I had on that drive home from the antique store.

Are we, as a society, truly moving forward or are we setting ourselves up for decline?

I’d love to hear your thoughts. Comment below.