Family, Global Impact

One Way Ten Years of Homeschooling Has Paid Off

I’ve cried more times than I want to admit about this whole homeschooling thing. We’ve been doing it for ten years and each year has different tears, different fears, different joys. It’s not easy. It’s not always fun. It challenges me and bothers me. There have been years I’ve gotten so close to chunking the whole idea and sending them…

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Family

I Don’t Want My Kids to Be Their Best Self

Counter-cultural title isn’t it? Sounds like I don’t want my kids to be awesome and amazing and stand out and be successful. Truthfully? I don’t. In a society where the best rises to the top and the others are left scrambling trying to gain altitude with those we see as successful, I, as a parent and someone who follows Christ,…

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Being Real, Family, Holy Spirit, Prayer

Depression, Control, and Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving this year is nestled in the hills just outside Chattanooga, TN. Windy. Cold. Our little cabin pops and cracks as it allowed the wintery breeze breach its thin walls. Our Christmas music sings through the cabin while a fire lights the main room. Little feet run across the wood floors and up the stairs. Laughter fills the house. It’s…

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Family, Teaching

D6 Main Speaker Tidbits…. Come on, read them.

Conferences. You love them or hate them. But regardless, there is always something you can walk away with. A nugget. A gem. An “oh” that makes you sit for a minute and think about it. That happened at the D6 Family Conference in Louisville, KY… a few times (which, buy the way, is a beautiful drive up from Nashville at…

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Family, Questions

Filtering the Feelings. I Need Your Help

I don’t want you to bash your kids. That’s not what this post is about. I just need some advice. I’m trying to filter my feelings and desires and determine if they are warranted or not. Lemme s’plain. I love my bedroom. I love the way it feels and looks. My little escape, if you will. Here look. Here is…

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Family

The Pain and Joy of Life’s Fires

When I was a kid I coulda swore we went to Yellowstone National Park every year. At least, it feels that way. There are no words to express the sheer love in my heart for that part of the country. We’d start packing a few days before. I’d get a suitcase, lay out different outfits with matching tube socks and…

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Family

The Final Member

I would say that the day began like any other day, but well, that just wouldn’t be true. The day started very early, like 5:00 AM early and that is most certainly not like any other day. I only get up that early for sick kids and to catch a flight, but never would I say, “Oh, let’s get up…

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Family

Humanity

I raise people. I feed them. Play with them. Admire them. Adore them. They bring me challenges. They offer me laughter. They teach me things about God that I wonder if I would have ever learned otherwise. They cause me to look at my weaknesses and dare to change. I have things. Things I read. Things I admire. Things that…

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