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What Can I Say? Nothing Can Thwart His Plans! Teach Them Diligently Arkansas

What can I say about my trip to Arkansas, except GOD blows me away! (I am actually typing away here at the beautiful airport!)  If you remember, two weeks ago we left for Nashville, TN to speak at the Teach Them Diligently Convention and we were only able to get there by divine intervention. (read about it here.)

Now this trip, would you believe, ANOTHER Nor’easter hit?? Yup. I am seriously beginning to think a snow storm follows me whenever I have a trip planned!

A horrible snowstorm hit the day before we left and was set to continue through the night. We were leaving for the airport at 5 am and ALL United flights were canceled that day/evening.

I was sure that even if my United flight for the morning was not canceled, that it would be difficult to get to the airport if we could get there at all. I contemplated worried and became anxious about not going.

But God.

I awoke at 4 am and the roads were clear. We said we would go to the airport, which is an hour away, and if the roads were bad, then we would turn around.

The roads were perfectly clear all the way.

Unbelievable!

And our flight was still on time! 

Goodbye NYC!

Statue of Liberty

Hello Arkansas!

We’re not in Newark anymore 😉

Can I just say, that any details I worried and became anxious about never happened? I am SO done with satan and his lies that cause me anxiety. Because I have seen time and again these past two weeks, that if GOD gives you a mission, He will complete it! And there is nothing else to do but rest in that truth and find joy in being in HIS will. The lies and worries that occupy my mind are permanently evicted from here on out!

As I chatted with one of my very favorites this weekend– Heidi St. John- we are WARRIORS for Christ!

Who is with me?

The beautiful Heidi St. John from The Busy Mom

This trip was beyond any expectations that I had. One of the best parts was that I traveled with my beautiful daughter. Knowing I only have one year left with her before she is a real-deal adult, I cherished every moment.

We talked, we ate, we shopped, laughed, and we ate some more! It was a treasure. And she was so incredibly helpful with everything. I am so thankful!

And the conference itself was beyond an answer to prayers. I met with so many homeschoolers that were encouraged by the sessions. I loved meeting so many podcast listeners (I really had no idea SO many out there listen!) and it was a joy to get some time with the other speakers- so many that I admire greatly in their ministries.

My friend Ann Dunagan from Mission-Minded Families

When He Calls You, Equips You!

It’s truly a delight to be able to minister to families and to be walking in the calling that God has given me…even though I never imagined doing this in my wildest dreams! Yet, I couldn’t imagine doing anything else these days. I am thankful beyond words.

These two sweet ladies came to every one of my four sessions! They were a delight!

And Arkansas! Oh, Arkansas! What a wonderful place. Truly one of my favorite places that I have visited. The airport is a dream. Smack dab in the middle of farms…it’s like they stuck the airport in my little town at home.

And the people! They are SO kind. I have yet to meet anyone that isn’t beyond pleasant and friendly. I just love it here.

There is nothing like a Teach Them Diligently event. They are truly special and the heart behind these events is so focused on the Lord. If you have the opportunity to attend one, don’t wait! Run! You will not be disappointed!

I will be at Teach Them Diligently Atlanta in 2 weeks– April 5-7. (PRAY for no more snow!)

And then from May 17-19, I will be at Teach Them Diligently in Myrtle Beach! I am so grateful!

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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.

 

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Under His Protection

I had this blog post composed in my head for a week  now, since we returned from the Teach Them Diligently Convention. We had lost our two ducks while away…and so, these were my thoughts…

The kids and I always talk about the animals and how God made them lower than humans. They are not equal with us as we are made in God’s image. So the lesson I tried to teach them after our ducks were lost, was that when the ducks escaped it was a picture of what happens when we follow our instincts (flesh) and not our Protector.

You see those ducks had no way of knowing that the reason we kept them cooped up while we were away was for their own good. They were just adamant on getting out to see what was on the other side. So they followed their instinct to keep searching for more and escaped. Unfortunately, they met their demise at some point out there without the protection we had given them.

And God is our protector. When we live under His will and His way for us, we are safe from all that lurks out there seeking to destroy us. We must fight our inner battle and fight our flesh that tells us at times to go explore outside of His Protection. We need to fight our need to find out if the “grass is greener” elsewhere.

So, I have been thinking on those thoughts for the past week and really thought it was a perfect picture of how I am thankful that, unlike those animals, God has given us His wisdom to learn from and His Spirit to guide us.

Then this morning, the lesson seemed to be taken a bit further…

I went to open the chicken door for the morning and as I approached I noticed they were already outside. I thought perhaps Steve had already let them out before work, but as I approached I started to see a trail of feathers.

My stomach sank because I knew what this meant. I looked in the coop and there was a big pile of feathers and a trail of feathers leading from the pile all the way to the woods. Apparently the chickens were put away last night but their coop door was never shut and something came in and took one of them.

Sad lesson. Hard lesson.

So in contemplating the lesson we learned about the ducks…how did this fit in? 

What happens when the one protecting fails? And they are left vulnerable?

Ah….but this doesn’t happen in God’s protection. He wouldn’t forget to shut the door. Praise the Lord, we worship a God who can not forget!

The lesson here is we are human. We make mistakes. Costly mistakes. 

God can’t. He will protect us always. And isn’t that a wonderful place to be?

 

 

 

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Stop Comparing and Live the Life God Gave You • Ep 85

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Today’s podcast is a topic I address often but it never seems to be enough. So many women are living a life comparing to others. I, myself, included have done this yet the past few years I have really come to terms that God has created each of us to live a life uniquely designed for His purpose. We all have a different role to play, and when I look to what someone else is doing I am denying the unique role God has set apart for me in His perfect plan. My life isn’t supposed to look like anyone else’s and that is exciting! We actually are sinning when we begin to look at someone else’s home, marriage, kids, or whatever it is and desire it for ourselves. There is a difference between admiring and coveting.

My ministry, my family, my home…none of it is supposed to look like anyone else’s. As long as I am following God in all I do, then I am content in that.

The one thing we all do have as a common purpose is to glorify God in all we do! Yet, how we do that in each of our lives may look different. Stop looking to others lives and start living yours! It is uniquely designed by God to glorify Him in all you do!

 

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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)

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He Split the Sea So We Could Walk (or Drive) Right Through it!

Where do I even being to sum up all that this past week entailed?

God has once again truly amazed me!

We spent the past five days on the road for Teach Them Diligently in Nashville. The weeks leading up to it were filled with anxiety for me (God is working on me though!) And the week before our entire area was hit with a Nor’easter. My entire (little) town was without power and much of the surrounding area. Miraculously, we were one of the only homes that did not lose power. We lost a very large tree but thankfully there was no damage.

Once that storm cleared, it was time to get ready to leave for TTD. Until, the weather predicted yet ANOTHER Nor’easter coming- and this one seemed doomed to be even worse than the first, with up to 2 feet of snow predicted for some areas. We were unsure if we would make it out this time. We had planned on leaving on Wednesday morning at 4 am and driving all day until Nashville. It is about a 13-14 hour drive. Well, on Tuesday the predictions were that by morning on Wednesday we would already be snowed in, as now the storm was slated to begin at 7pm Tuesday night. We then made the decision to leave and drive through the storm until we could get to the other side, rest for the night and go on to Nashville.

At 7 pm we were standing in our driveway as the snowflakes started to fall. With my anxiety at peak levels, I was pretty much convinced we would not be able to get to Nashville. So, Steve prayed in the car. He prayed that God would make a way and that God would “split the sea so we could get through.”

We started driving and the snow actually stopped.  I checked the live radar on my phone and it went from this:

To this:

The storm literally split open and we were going right through a clear path!

I actually put my phone down and screamed! I was completely in shock and awe. God LITERALLY answered our prayer right before my eyes.

We made it all the way to Virginia that night with NO SNOW. A bit of drizzle here and there but overall, nothing! We spent the night in a hotel and continued on the next day.

I still am in shock and awe. My faith has grown exponentially in just that experience. I know that when God calls you to do something, He will see it thorough no matter what. I had so much peace on the trip the whole time after that.

Here are some glimpses of Teach Them Diligently Nashville!

Once again, speaking to families is a joy for me. 

And spending time on the road adventuring with my family is the icing on the cake!

Our arrival at the beautiful Opryland Hotel

 

My first session. Was so packed people were on the floors!

I love meeting podcast listeners and readers!

My love- my support and my encourager!

Fun With the Family Exploring!

I would love to see you at an upcoming event!

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What We’ve Been Up To: Winter Days, Sickies, and Spring is Coming!

After what seemed like a very long winter…

 

 

It was so pretty though!

I can finally see glimpses of spring! And I couldn’t be more ready! This girl who doesn’t like the cold is ready for flip flops and summer dresses. 😉

We’ve had a few sickies the past week, and I was included! Bleh. But I think we are on the mend. Even on days where we didn’t feel good, we took advantage of the rare sunshine- hoping that would be good medicine! Here’s my 9 year old in his PJ’s exploring the woods!

Prayers Needed!

And we really need prayers to stay healthy, because starting next week we will begin a very busy season of travel!

I’ve been putting together all new sessions for Teach them Diligently! I truly can’t wait. Here’s a tiny glimpse:

Will I see you at any of these?

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Nashville, TN: March 8-10, 2018

Rogers, AR: March 22-24, 2018

Atlanta, GA: April 5-7, 2018

Myrtle Beach, SC: May 17-19, 2018

NCHE Thrive Conference: Twin City Quarter

(Benton Convention Center, Embassy Suites & Marriott)

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The Lodges at Gettysburg,
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I also have been posting quite a bit on Instagram and Instagram stories! Do you follow me over there? I recently talked about our upcoming summer retreat! (follow on Instagram—> here)

Many mornings I post from Instagram stories of the chickens and ducks too! So if you like that kinda stuff…head over—> Instagram

And then there was this more serious post a few weeks back. God is so good!

Yesterday I did something quite surreal. I was nearby the old apartment that I lived in before my life turned around. I decided to drive by and see it. I parked as close as I could but it was crowded with people and cars. (Quite a difference from my little hobby farm life today.) The second floor above the deli- that was where I lived when God decided to pluck me out of darkness. As I sat there, I felt like it was so much smaller than I remembered. Much, much smaller. And much louder! But then again, every memory I have of that place and life before Christ feels like it was just a movie I watched about someone else’s life. A very sad and scary movie to say the least. As I look at the picture today all I can think is, that graffiti mailbox in front, and the battered front door represent just what God can do. He takes broken and ugly things and transforms them. He used a place that was quite dark to bring me to His Light. While living there I met Steve and then, ultimately I met Jesus. You just never know how God can use broken things for restoration. I thought I was beyond broken, but know now that no one is beyond His reach. Or restoration. If He can change me, He can change anyone. My life now is so different. I was glad to be reminded of where I’ve been, so I can never stop praising God for rescuing me, saving me, and loving me. And to be reminded that in the midst of my darkest days, He stepped in, and gave me a new life. So while I won’t dwell on the past, I do need to remember that it’s part of the story. A redemption story. A beautiful transformation. And not be ashamed. Praise the Lord for the miracles He has done! #redemption #savedbygrace #Hisgraceisenough #Jesusisenough #restored #savedbygrace 

Homeschool Life

The last few days have been really fun in our homeschool with  my nine-year old. I love letting him explore his interests. We’ve been doing hands-on fun for science, all interest-led and it is so much better than boring worksheets and memorizing facts!

And of course, sitting and enjoying God’s Creation is the best science lesson there is!

 

So, what have YOU been up to? Are you ready for spring? Comment below and let me know!

 

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Keeping Up

When you feel like you can’t keep up…

Don’t.

I know sounds sort of counterintuitive huh?

But really, our world is so different than it used to be. Everyone seems to be moving at a faster pace and doing more…and it leaves my head spinning sometimes.

In reality, we are all still heading in the same direction…

Just at different speeds. 

And truth is, I don’t want to try and keep up with anyone.

Well, except God. He is the One I am following.

It’s too easy to get sucked in and see what others are doing and feel inadequate.

But my life is about serving Him and seeking Him and following Him.

If I am distracted by what others are doing I can’t keep my eyes fixed on Him.

Don’t fret about not keeping up. You weren’t meant to keep up. You were meant to live a life that glorifies Him. 

Quite frankly our own selfish pride gets fed when we keep up with others. Because then we focus on what WE can accomplish and what we can achieve…we puff ourselves up, even sometimes at the expense of others.

But when we walk in humility, it isn’t about what we can do but what He can do.

I am a work in progress. I constantly have to remind myself that my life is between Him and me. Not the world and me.

 I am not living to keep up with the Joneses but to walk with God.

I have to remind myself that no matter what everyone else is doing, I am content with what He has me doing.

It is hard to filter out the noise these days because there are so many voices. Which is why it is more important than ever to be a woman in the Word. And not just IN the Word, but living it.

Are you struggling with comparison? With keeping up? I encourage you to take your eyes off the things of this world and truly follow Him wherever He leads.

 


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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

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My Unhealthy Past With Numbers and The Truth That Set Me Free

This is a longer post than usual. Not really about simplifying, although all about Jesus…and you know that’s what matters most. So here we go…

Numbers.

As long as I can remember they have been a source of false comfort for me. 

As a child, having even amounts of things always made me feel secure. I liked the numbers 2 and 4 and 16. I guess because they were easily divided. I just found comfort in those numbers.

As a teenager struggling with extreme emotional difficulty, I turned to numbers to try and find some control. They provided me a false sense of security and the idea that if I stayed within certain numbers, I would find peace and security.

What started as a normal growth spurt freshman year, when my small frame reached triple digits in weight, all of a sudden I was uncomfortable. 100 lbs. was scary. But 99 lbs. was better. Months later, 84 lbs. was even better. Even if it ended in two long-term hospital stays.

The numbers on the scale ruled my mood and next it became the numbers of calories I ate. I was diagnosed as anorexic but looking back I didn’t have the typical patterns. I wasn’t a perfectionist (still am not 😉 )and I wasn’t striving for some ideal. But I was obsessed with those numbers.

I have journals and journals that I kept those few years- all filled with numbers. I recorded every single calorie. And pored over those counts over and over all day long. And the closer to 200 per day, the more in control I felt. Because at that time, my life felt very out of control and I was looking for any way I could to control it.

My mood, my security, my life, depended on numbers.

Praise the Lord, I was completely redeemed from that bondage. I rarely ever talk about it, let alone write about it(!) because it is nothing at all who I am today. Not even one tiny iota. And once you tell people about that past, they look at you differently. And I don’t want that. I don’t want to be labeled.

I don’t have any ounce of that tendency anymore and never think about food in that unhealthy manner. I enjoy food and have a very healthy relationship with food. I don’t count calories or lbs. or anything at all anymore. And I know people say you are never really cured of that disorder, but I truly was and my heart aches for anyone in that bondage.

A Transfer of Numbers

Yet, as an adult, I still have had that false security about numbers. You all know the struggle Steve and I have had over the years with job losses. That set me up early in our marriage for a new dependence on numbers. I used to be the one who handled all of the bills back then, and I was the one who saw our account go down to the penny each month.

So, my new obsession became with those financial numbers. It wasn’t calories or pounds, but it was now dollars and cents.

We didn’t have internet banking back then, but I did have the bank on speed dial and remember checking the balance in the account multiple times a day. Just because. ALL for a false sense of security.

I would constantly add up bills on scraps of paper. I was constantly looking for peace and control in those numbers.

Over the years, thankfully, times have not been so tight and God has provided through Steve’s self-employment and my own work. And eventually, Steve took over the bills. We no longer are scraping by and God has given us margin. Praise Him. 

 

Several years back though I realized that the unhealthy obsession I had with numbers in high school transferred to that same unhealthy obsession with financial numbers in adulthood. I was constantly looking for security in something I felt that I could somewhat control. Something that felt tangible.

I still have to fight that tendency to put my faith in numbers, and Steve and I often joke because I don’t want to have anything to do with our financials anymore– I am happy to let him handle it, so the anxiety doesn’t come back. Because even though we aren’t living with pennies in the account anymore, for some reason no matter what the numbers, I have a tendency to get fixated on them and let them control me.

Numbers as a Comfort

It has also happened to me with health issues. Another place I have struggled with anxiety. Last year when I had a health scare following routine bloodwork, I was obsessed with those numbers. Each round of bloodwork came back and it spiraled me into that same obsession. Focused on numbers.

Or sometimes, if I see statistics about diseases, I can fix on them. I have found myself searching out numbers to comfort myself.

When all along, I have all I need in the One who comforts. The One who is really in control.

Recently I came to a revelation that blew me away.

My 7th grader has been learning math this year from a Biblical perspective. Many of the lessons have focused on how math points to God. And how you can see Him in numbers because 1) God is the author of math and 2) it shows an attribute of God- His absoluteness!!

You see 2+2 is always 4. Right? We can’t change it. No matter what we believe, it is ALWAYS going to be 4.  We can’t say we believe 2+2=3 and make it true. We just can’t. It will NEVER change. EVER!

And that is an attribute of God. No matter what we believe or don’t believe, there is Absolute Truth. And HE is Truth! And we can’t change it. He can not change. He is ALWAYS the same. And that is the ultimate comfort!

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8 (ESV)

I realized- what unhealthy faith I was placing in numbers can now be transferred to a very healthy and real faith. You see I was placing my faith in numbers before I knew the one true God. But I was looking for security in that very thing.

And now, knowing God, I no longer have to have a false sense of security in a “number” but in HIM– who IS absolute!

John 8:32
“…and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”

I was looking for security in the number, but I have found it in Him who encompasses all the absoluteness of those very things.

Isn’t God amazing? I don’t know if I have explained it well, but I do hope it makes some sense. In my heart, I have seen that what I was searching for was there all along, but it was my view of it that was skewed. 

I am so thankful God has opened my eyes.

I don’t need to have a false security in anything anymore. I have true security in Christ. I have true freedom in Him. I have absolute and 100% faith in the God who created not only numbers but who IS  absolute! He is the One and Only One I will put trust in. Not in things. Not in ideas in my head. 

And He is the One who controls the numbers.

Real Security

“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.” Psalm 20:7 (ESV)

I trust in the God who created not only numbers but every single thing. He knit me together into this world and He has a perfect plan for my life. He is in control.

No matter what the bank account says, or the scale says, or even the bloodwork says, God is sovereign and in control of all. He ordains all of those things. I look to Him in light of those things. I look to Him to walk with me no matter what swirls around me. I ultimately can’t control anything, but I can find peace knowing He is in control.

I am no longer searching for things to control, but surrendering to the One who controls the universe.

I am no longer a slave to the numbers, but a slave to the One who created them.

And that I exactly where I want to be.

 


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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

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Hope for a Harvest

Three years ago when we moved to this property, we dreamed of being able to share our abundance with others. We wanted a large garden to produce as much as we could in order to give it away. The past few years we have slowly been able to achieve that goal.

The first year we set up a farm stand we were able to give away so much! We had a plentiful harvest that year and each day the kids sat outside with our abundance. It was a great way to connect with others in the community and most importantly, to share God’s love. When people asked why were giving it away for free, we responded that God had blessed us and in turn we wanted to bless others. We know everything we have comes from Him and it’s not really ours anyway. We even printed out little tracts to include in each bag of goodies.

This was our modest little stand 😉 This year we are hoping to build a more sturdy structure.

But still we did the best we could with what he had. We set up the farm stand when we could and hoped to make some more connections in our community. Yet, it still didn’t top the year before.

And isn’t that just how God works? Some years are more plentiful than others. It’s just part of life.

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This year I am starting to plan early for our garden. Steve now has the greenhouse set up so that should allow for a much more plentiful harvest.

I am praying that we can use our garden and what He gives us as a way to reach others.

It’s all about Him and sharing His love. I am asking the Lord to use us, in our little corner of the world, for good. And for His glory.

May the harvest we plant his year result in good nourishing food and most importantly, souls reached.

Steve and I will be recording an upcoming podcast episode about how to start a garden. (thanks to a reader for the suggestion!) Even if you’ve never done it before. Even if you have a small piece of property. (If we can learn anyone can! We didn’t grow up in the country and here we are lovin’ life in our little slice of hobby farm heaven.) Be sure to watch for it soon!

FREE PRINTABLE: 31 Days of Praying for Your Homeschool

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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!)

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Lost Your Motivation? Turn Around The Winter Doldrums in Your Homeschool Ep 79

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This is the time of year when I typically lose my motivation and want to throw in the towel. It’s dark, cold, and June may as well be a million years away. But over the years, I have learned many lessons about my attitude and how I can turn around the winter doldrums and continue to thrive in our homeschool. Join me today as I encourage you that Spring is coming! But don’t waste the time now…

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A Peek Behind Our Days – Keeping it Simple

Simple Days.

That’s my plan–simple–but often my plan is replaced by life 😉 You too?

However, I wanted to give a peek at what we have been up to lately in our homeschool, our family, and hobby farm life.

Winter has been COLD. I mean, like super super numbing cold. Right after Christmas it turned downright arctic. It was in the single digits and negative numbers for several days and for over two weeks we didn’t make it above the 20’s. 

Hobby farm life was not so fun with those temps. Watering the chickens in the morning was brutal and keeping up with their water (especially for the ducks who need swimming water) during the days was a challenge. But we survived. And the chickens did too 😉 They finally started laying eggs again after they molted and we had such limited daylight. 
This week the temps have been warmer and the nights are getting a wee bit longer. Hurray!

Which also means all that frozen and snowy ground has turned to mud. Pure mud. The ducks love it, I don’t have to keep up with the water so much (they even found the stream to swim in!) and it’s a sign that Spring WILL come again! Even though many days it seems so far off still.

Winter Schooling

Homeschool has been up and down. We have done well with keeping up with our schedule for the most part. A few unforeseen days here and there with *life* getting in the way, but all in all we are on track.

We’ve had some fun days adding in a few extra projects. Today the boys learned about Lewis and Clark. They then were sent outside to the woods to pretend they were on an expedition and had to draw sketches in their journals and return back with specimen collections. It got a bit too cold for more exploring, so next time they are going to walk the property and try to map it out! I love hands on learning. We also want to do some field trips in the very near future.

Most days that we are home have meant working with the younger kids doing math, science, cursive practice, writing, reading, and then read alouds and history. We have read Mountain Born and Mr. Popper’s Penguins so far in January. The high schoolers do mostly all of their work independently. 

Fun Stuff

Last week we took our first COLLEGE visit with my little (almost a woman) girl! Yes, the very girl that was just yesterday a kindergartner and I was breaking the news to my family that I had decided to homeschool! Oh, how things have changed! We had such a fun family day driving out to the school and enjoying our time together. I am incredibly grateful for that.

 

A Look Ahead

I am planning all of my talks for the upcoming speaking season. I will be at four locations for Teach Them Diligently (aff. link) and then at the NCHE Thrive! Conference in NC at the end of May. My family will be traveling along with me, which means we are not taking much time off of school the next few months. I know those weeks we travel will be sparse on the books, but life lessons will abound! It all evens out in the end, doesn’t it?

They are ready for convention season!

Simple Life

Even though our schedule feels somewhat busy these days, we have chosen things that are fruitful – so I don’t feel burdened. I try to remember that. It is worth it. By nature I like to be home (A LOT!) but sometimes it is good to be out of my comfort zone. I want to make sure I am using the 24 hours each day God has given me in a purposeful way.

As long as I get my Bible time in, spend quiet time with the Lord, and sit at His feet daily I am exactly where I want to be. Everything else is extra and I view everything else in my day in light of the time spent with Him. Do I mess up? Yes. Often. Do I have days where I am not nearly as gentle and joyful as I wish? Of course. But staying grounded in Him is everything. I can only imagine how things would be otherwise!

So I enjoy my birds, the views of our property, being home with my kids, and mostly LIFE. I try not to fill it with things that will weigh me down and let go of an unnecessary clutter. 

Pretty soon Spring will be spring and we will be in another season…so I am making the most of this one (even if it’s freezing!) and enjoying the simple.

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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.

 

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