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Happy Thanksgiving

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Don’t forget the act of thanksgiving this year. Don’t rush ahead to the next day. Enjoy the blessings. Enjoy the simple.

Thanksgiving is something we practice daily. Each moment. Not just on Thanksgiving. 

“Biblical Thanksgiving does not focus on circumstance, but on the character of God. Circumstances change; God does not.” Michael Youssef

As we approach the Christmas season, I will be sharing much more in the upcoming weeks about really enjoying this season.  I will also continue to write about how we can Simplify Once and for all. 

For today, just give thanks.
Love to you all!

Philippians 4:6
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

Psalm 107
“Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his faithful love endures forever!”

And a few reminders:

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I am so thankful for each one of you!
Happy Thanksgiving!

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First Day of New School Year!

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Today begins another school year around here. This is our seventh year, and I am really excited for God’s plans this year. We have many changes going on…I now have a middle schooler, two grade schoolers, and a preschooler. We have decided to use the Bible as our main text this fall, and everything will be stemming from Genesis. I can’t wait to see what He teaches us.

“When we spend too much time on the details we miss out on the true teacher in all of this. God. He is teaching our families. He is in charge. Sit at his feet awhile and just listen.” 
~excerpt from “Called Home: Finding Joy in Letting God Lead Your Homeschool.”

I want to really focus on God’s Word this fall. I want to simplify and eliminate the unnecessary and the things that really are just fluff. I want our days to be filled with a thirst for His wisdom.

By wisdom a house is built,
and through understanding it is established;
4through knowledge its rooms are filled
with rare and beautiful treasures.
Proverbs 24:3-4

I spent much of this evening before our new school year, praying. I prayed that the Lord would lead us, and that we would learn the things that He wants us to learn. I asked Him to make our path clear for this year. I submitted our school to Him.
As I say good-bye to summer, I look upon this new season as a time for Him to work through us even more than ever. I stop and remember how short life is, and how I want to live my life without reservation- truly living for Him. So my kids can remember that Mommy was their teacher-and the one who pointed them to Him in all things.  

That is what we are truly teaching. 

So as you begin your school year, I encourage you to simplify the unnecessary and make the most of each day-pointing to Him and simply living…for Him!
It’s been an exciting few days with the release of “Called Home: Finding Joy in Letting God Lead Your Homeschool.” Praise God it has already reached #1 for homeschooling ebooks at I am so grateful that others are blessed by my words.

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Wrapping Up Another Year…By His Power

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It’s been a busy few weeks around here. The Lord has been teaching me so much. We are winding down to the final week of “formal” school. I can hardly believe that next year we will begin our 7th year of homeschooling. Unbelievable!

I started out as a scared mom having no idea what she was getting herself into. I was insecure in myself and what I was doing. Now here I am, writing, speaking, and sharing with the world about homeschooling. I even have a #1 book on about homeschooling. Craaaazy.

I will say it again and again…

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, 
according to his power that is at work within us…”

Ephesians 3:20

I can’t get over what He does. I mean, it seems so logical-after all, God did breathe this world into existence. He created the universe and the sun, the moon and the stars. He can do anything. He displays His power daily in Creation and in this world. So why is it so unbelievable to me the power He has unleashed in my life? Why am I surprised that He has done these things?

On another note, I am planning for next school year and can’t wait to share with you our plans.  I will do so once they are all complete.

As for now we are busily preparing for our RV trip which is in 2 weeks! Woo Hoo! I will be blogging from the road so be sure to subscribe  here so you can keep up. I will be sharing what life is like when we leave it all behind and trade it in for the 30 foot space we will call “home” for a few weeks. I hope you will join us!  I am sure there will be plenty of good, bad, and everything in between!

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10 Days of Simple Homeschool-Getting Rid of Discontent in Your Homeschool


Welcome to 10 Days of Simple Homeschool. For the next two weeks, I will be posting about all things simple in homeschooling. 10 Days of Simple Homeschool is about going back to the basics.  Too often we tend to complicate our purpose by trying to do too much.  Homeschooling can be very effective when we go back to the basics and let our everyday life be our classroom and learn by doing.  
 Simplifying Homeschool is dear to my heart-getting rid of all of the distractions that keep us from our purpose and from putting God first in all! 
Some posts will be practical ideas, some will focus on our hearts, but all will be focused on keeping it simple.

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Do you spend more time reading abut homeschooling than actually homeschooling? Planning your homeschool than actually being present in your homeschool?  Are you living for the expectation rather than for the moment?

I used to do that. I would spend more time planning what we should be doing than actually accomplishing what I needed to. It was so hard in the beginning to sort through all of the information-so I felt I needed to read all of it. Yet soon it became apaparent that I was only sowing seeds of discontent in my home. If I felt we were lacking, than the kids saw that.

Today I want to talk about eliminating those seeds of discontent. How often we are our own worst enemy?  
We forget to rely on God and try to rely on ourselves or worse, rely on others.

Does the comparison trap have you paralyzed at times? Are you feeling that you should be doing more, or like someone else?

Stop. Stop it all.

Stop collecting mental “clutter” and start doing real things!

There is so much information today, we must be extrememly careful to discern what to do with our time. What to fill our minds with.  And to absolutley stop living for something else and live for the here and now.

I have come to realize that so many of us our discontent with the here and now, because God has designed us for eternity.  This is not our home. 
We are always longing for something else.

Dear sister, realize that yearning for something else is the inborn deep set need for eternity. God placed it there so we yearn for Him.  We will never be fully satisfied until we are one day in that glorious place with our Lord.

Once we realize that, we can stop the insanity. Stop continually searching for something more.  Knowing this is not our home, yet, making the best of each and every second here. It matters.

I do not want to look back someday and have regrets. I don’t want my children to remember mommy on the computer or distracted with meaningless tasks- I want them to remember our homeschooling days as filled with memories of our time together, fully present in the moment.

I write because God placed a desire in my heart. My goal though is to always, always point others to him. Seeing Him in all.  I only write when he places these words in my heart and they overflow onto the keyboard.  I never write with the intention of gaining more readers and thinking I “know it all.” In fact, I know nothing. He supplies words for me each day and the strength for me to homeschool. I do not do it by one ounce of my own strength.

I’d rather have them remember mommy always praying, turning to Him for guidance-
and always playing, always there.

We need to enjoy each other’s writings, support each other wholeheartedly, but never let all of this information get in the way of real life.

Homeschooling each day should involved mommy fully present. We don’t want to teach our kids to be so distracted!

Do not succumb to the lie that other people are doing things better. God created your family unique for your family’s unique purpose. Do not covet someone else’s homeschool. Enjoy your homeschool with your family!  I have had friends completely disconnect from facebook, etc. so that they could do just that. Be free to be themselves.  It is freeing indeed.

Enjoy each second. It is cliche but it goes by so fast. Learn with your kids, play with your kids, create a foundation that says, “My mom was fully present when I needed her most.”

Don’t fall into the trap of comparing yourself to others. Don’t fall into the trap of always living for the expectation of how things “should be.” Anticipate your glorous home some day, and make the most of each second here.

Turn to Him each and every second in your homeschool-not others.  And enjoy Simply…Homeschool.

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The 10 Days Series is organized by iHomeschool Network, a collaboration of outstanding homeschool bloggers who connect with each other and with family-friendly companies in mutually beneficial projects. Visit us on FacebookPinterest, and Twitter. And of course, click the image below to visit all the 10 Days posts from these homeschool moms of the iHomeschool Network. You’ll be blessed with tips on how to handle bad days, cultivating curiosity, teaching with Legos, and much much more!

Also, Simply Homeschool is #1 this week at for Homeschooling books.  I am humbled that so many people are be being blessed by it.
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On another note, Simply Homeschool continues to be #1 on the Amazon. com best sellers for homeschool books for Kindle
 and #3 for all homeschool books! Unbelievable. For a book that I wrote for my readers, and was put on Kindle in case anyone wanted to read it on their Kindle, it blows my mind to be a top seller. No marketing, nothing fancy- just a book from my heart to encourage others. God is amazing! I am thrilled so many are being blessed by it. To Him be all the Glory!
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