Does Bible Study overwhelm and intimidate you? Me, too.

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I used to study the Bible with fervor… Just one year ago I was joyfully teaching two women’s Bible studies – one in the morning, one in the evening. I was daily studying Scripture, loving every word. The Holy Spirit carried me from precept to precept, and I loved sharing what I was learning: the connections between the Old Testament … Read More

The Cord of Three Strands: What God Does in Marriage

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At weddings we hear these words from Scripture, “a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”  We remind one another that a husband and a wife must partner with God and all three of them must work together as the threefold cord. Intertwined together in marriage, these three beings will create a strong bond that can endure life’s ups and downs. … Read More

2 “Secrets to Scholastic Success” for High School and College Students (Pass it on!)

LauraAll Posts, College, English Literature Education, High School, Homeschooling

While high school and college students are on my mind, I thought I’d share these two secrets that, I believe, are secrets to scholastic success. Pass them along to the student you love. 🙂 1. Go to office hours. Going to your teacher’s or professor’s office hours can change your life. At the very least, you’ll improve your grade. At … Read More

How to Have a Delightful Group Discussion: Make Trail Mix

LauraAll Posts, Homeschooling, Learning at Home, Motherhood, Motherhood Hacks

I want to teach my children how to be active participants in group discussions. This skill will bless them (and everyone around them) at the dinner table, around the board table, in the Sunday School class, on public transportation, in the dugout, at the office, in the Senate, and just about anywhere the Lord will lead them. I had seen … Read More

3 “Back to the Basics” Ideas for the High School English Teacher

LauraAll Posts, College, English Literature Education, High School, Homeschooling

(My current PreK/ K students experience a lesson in fractions after a rousing 1-minute mathematical lecture by yours truly…) Years ago, I taught literature and English composition to high school and college students. I reminisce about those days often, fondly remembering my students who are “all grown up” now. To this day, my students remain dear to me. After all, … Read More

5 Simple Choices for Postpartum Well-Being

LauraAll Posts, Healthy Living, Motherhood, Motherhood Hacks

My postpartum experience had gotten progressively worse with each baby: increasing in depression each time. The worst was when I experienced unusual fear, paranoia, and disturbing thoughts after having our fourth child. So when I found out I was pregnant with Baby #5, I knew I had my work cut out for me. With five children relying on me, I … Read More

All I Want for our Children

LauraAll Posts, Homeschooling, Motherhood

While we simplify our homeschooling schedule to make way for lots of Christmas preparation and celebration, I’ve taken some extra time to read, pray, and think about our day-to-day lives. Heading into the new year, I’m asking, “What adjustments do we need to make here at home? Specifically, what do we want for our children?” I’ve been looking closely at … Read More

When Parties aren’t Perfect

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We placed the white candles in their silver candlestick holders down the length of the burlap runner on our farm table.  A galvanized pail sat in the center of the table, full of greens that we brought in from one of the pine trees in our woods.  The beautiful little flames warmed the room and made it look so Christmassy. … Read More