Second Generation Homeschoolers and Time Away

If you’re a parent, you know how incredible it is to have time away with no distractions or interruptions from the children. If you’re a homeschool mom, you also know how enjoyable homeschool conferences are. Combine the two of those, and you have an amazing duo!

This past weekend, Nathan and Melanie and Christopher and Anna Marie were able to do just that, with the ever-exciting Aunt Anna, Aunt Mary, and Grandma holding down the fort while they were gone.

For clarity sake as you look through the picture diary below, Nathan and Melanie left Friday evening and returned Saturday evening. Christopher and Anna Marie left Saturday morning and returned Sunday.

Saying goodbye!
Saying goodbye!




Helping Aunt Mary with pizza.
Helping Aunt Mary with pizza.
Dinner Friday
Dinner Friday
Dinner Friday evening
Dinner Friday evening

Now Saturday morning.

This young lady knows how to wash dishes. Way to go, Betsy!
This young lady knows how to wash dishes. Way to go, Betsy!
The whole group of little kids with aunts
The whole group of little kids with aunts
Garage saling Saturday morning.
Garage saling Saturday morning.
Uncle Jesse stopped in after his run.
Uncle Jesse stopped in after his run.





Aunt Anna and Aunt Mary took all the kids to a park to play on the playground and then had a picnic. They made quite a sweet sight as they set out!20160423_165956757_iOS20160423_163905979_iOS


They had visits from the uncles.20160423_171314055_iOS


Arriving at the conference.
Arriving at the conference.


Filling out a textbook order.



Saturday evening, Nathan and Melanie had their kids again, and now we had Christopher’s kids over. DSC_7135DSC_7138


What a sweet crew! Good job, Mom, Anna, and Mary for all your childcare!

“She looketh well to the ways of her household,
and eateth not the bread of idleness.”
Proverbs 31:27

Homeschooling with a Meek and Quiet Spirit Special

mothersdayspecial2Mother’s Day is approaching, and with it comes opportunities to bless moms.

We’re offering a Mother’s Day special bundle. If you purchase the book, Homeschooling with a Meek and Quiet Spirit, you’ll receive the Meek and Quiet Spirit Workshop Session free (a $4 value). So for only $7.95 plus s/h, you’ll receive the book and the download.

Even if you have the book, think about another mom you could bless. For those dads reading this post, consider the impact this simple book and session could have on your wife.

One mom said: “This book was by far one of the best books I’ve read. It is not just for homeschooling moms, but any mom who wants to be the best mom she can be. It was challenging, enlightening and encouraging.”

“He hath made every thing beautiful in his time …”
Ecclesiastes 3:11

Ted Cruz’ Position on Homeschooling

This week is another crucial week for the presidential primaries.

If you’re in one of the states below, tomorrow the 26th, is your day. Please don’t let anything come between you and voting.

  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Maryland
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island


I want to remind you that Ted Cruz supports homeschooling.

Check out these pages:


Even if you’re not in one of the voting states tomorrow, e-mail friends who are and encourage them to vote!


Bethany and I yesterday making tortillas.
Bethany and I yesterday making tortillas.

“When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice …”
Proverbs 29:2

The Fifteen or Thirty Minute Principle

You know from reading the Mom’s Corners and the Managers books that I really encourage moms to take a little piece of time–thirty minutes or even just fifteen minutes–each day to tackle a project that seems overwhelming or isn’t happening. Do that consistently for a week and on into a month to see just what happens.

I want to share a recent story about that, which was sent to me:

I’ve been reading Managers of Their Homes recently and came across getting overwhelmed with cleaning and organizing. You mentioned setting an alarm for 15 minutes and working on an area that long, then going on to something else. I put this in place for my daughter and me both in some areas, and I was simply amazed at how much we got done. 

I casually mentioned this to my oldest married daughter. This morning I got a message from her saying ‘this fifteen minutes stuff is working great for me.’  I just laughed and praised the Lord.

C’mon, Moms. Your time matters!

“Remember how short my time is…”
Psalms 89:47