A Dream Becomes Reality

We have finished the 2015 retreat year at Bear Creek Ranch with a brand new retreat: The Family Deliverance Retreat. I spent months writing the materials. It is has been quite a challenge. But it has been on my heart for years.

It all began with a dream...

Our Curriculum 2015-2016

It’s that time of year again to announce our curriculum choices for the new school year. For those of you who homeschool, you know how much thought and work goes into choosing curriculum. Hopefully there are some homeschool-mom-nerds out there like me who actually LIKE choosing curriculum. I love change and deciding on curriculum is like choosing the next path for our lives. This year my peeps will be in 9th, 8th, 6th, 4th, and 2nd grade. I can hardly believe my baby is in 2nd grade. Where does the time go?!

Two Survival Tactics for Introverted Homeschool Moms

I am an introvert. I like to be alone. I like quiet. I like not speaking out loud for hours on end. When I have to talk or someone talks to me, my energy tank starts to drain. When I'm in the presence of people, my ability to stay engaged starts waning. I wish, wish, wish I could be energized and empowered when around people. That would be easier. (Extroverts don't know how good they have it!) When I'm already tired around people it drains faster. When I'm hungry, faster. When I'm in pain, faster. When I'm sick, even faster.

Have I mentioned I also homeschool five children?

Lost In the Depths

I've been gone from my blog for quite some time now. I feel like I should apologize but the reason may be surprising. I have always been transparent with my friends and family, and I'd like to extend that to my blogging family...

2014-15 Daily Homeschool Schedule

Friends always ask me what my homeschool schedule is and my schedule feels more like an "idea" than a schedule. (I LOVE schedules.) I'm sure you all know what I'm talking about. Homeschooling is more like herding cats or corralling balloons without a string, than a structured daily event. Public school has it easy. ONE grade, ONE age group, ONE schedule. That. Would. Be. Awesome.

Many Thanks In Our Time of Sadness

I’d like to spread some thank yous. As many of you know, the reason why I’ve gone a little silent on my blog lately is because we’ve had a death in the family. Some of you sent donations to help us travel and afford to be away for two weeks. Thank you for your blessings. My heart is full and overflowing with gratitude. The only thing I can give in return is a story and, if I see you in person, a hug.

Our Curriculum 2014-2015

For those of you who homeschool, you know how big of a deal it is to be done picking out your curriculum for next year. It is hours and hours of thought and planning and debating. I have researched and researched until I was dreaming about homeschool curriculum. I actually love that part. This year my peeps will be in 8th, 7th, 5th, 3rd, and 1st Grade. Woohoo!

Raising Royalty: Mission to Raise GREAT Women

I am on a mission to raise great women. I have 4 girls and have many estrogen-filled years ahead of us. Woohoo! My oldest has just made the leap into her teens. We had been looking forward to this birthday for a while now. (She and I, and her daddy.) I am looking forward to seeing what kind of women we can mold in each of our daughters into. So what I needed was a plan. I love a good plan, a general guideline to which we can set our feet and reach our goal.