Do You Want to Train Your Kids in Kindness?

LauraAll Posts, Character Training, Motherhood2 Comments

My friend Steph just emailed this question, “I’m currently reading Corrie ten Boom’s “Tramp for the Lord”. Have you read this? It’s so good. Anyways, in there she’s talking about her first bath and meal after being freed from the Nazi prison and she says that the girls who bathed her were “trained in kindness”. I thought about my girls … Read More

“Courage, Dear Heart” Gift Bundle GIVEAWAY, featuring A Gilded Line

LauraAll Posts39 Comments

This year, our 11-year old wore the cover off our copy of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe .  The book landed everywhere – on the kitchen counter, by the bathroom sink, in the car, on the couch – with a dozen scraps of paper sticking out, marking pages. Over a span of a few weeks, she transformed the novel into a … Read More

Weak Wrists, Sick Babies, Poor Eyesight: The Mentors God Chooses

LauraAll Posts, Bible Study, Discipleship0 Comments

There’s an older woman at our church who would like to meet with our 11-year-old sweet-pea. The two of these unlikely friends have been talking “knitting”. Viv wants to learn how to knit the sweaters that Lynn sends to children in third world countries. They’ve planned needle sizes and yarn type, but they haven’t gotten together yet. This morning at … Read More

Don’t Eat Raw Granola Bars! (I forgot an important detail…)

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Yikes! My sister just pointed out that the Girlfriends’ Granola Bar recipe in The Reluctant Meal Planner’s Meal Plan didn’t include the baking temp. and time! I’ll modify that in the PDF asap, but in the meantime, please add this to your download: “Bake at 350ºF for 20-25 minutes, or until the bars begin to turn golden at the edges.” … Read More

Mom, Your Degree and Career Are Worth Every $.

LauraAll Posts, College, Homeschooling, Motherhood4 Comments

Before I had children, I’d write the monthly check to pay my college loans and I’d wonder if I’d ever get my money’s worth out of my college education. Then, as I was transitioning from my career as a teacher to a homeschooling mother, I worried that the skills I developed in my career would atrophy and my hard work … Read More

Reviving a Lifeless Bible Study

LauraAll Posts, Bible Study0 Comments

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 and the New, the meanings of complicated words, the excellencies … Read More

Tired of playing tug-of-war with your child? Try this.

LauraAll Posts, Babies, Motherhood, Toddlers

When you say, “no grabbing,” do you practice what you preach? After watching this YouTube clip, you may make “no grabbing” your own personal mantra. Respect your baby’s personhood… When you choose not to grab an item from a children, she feels much less threatened. You’re demonstrating that you trust her and believe that she will be beneficent toward you. … Read More