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A Parenting Gem from Charlotte Mason, That Nearly Every Other Parenting Book Missed

A Parenting Gem from Charlotte Mason, That Nearly Every Other Parenting Book Missed

I’m re-reading Home Education by Charlotte Mason and I stumbled upon this nugget of mothering goodness that stayed with me for months and wanted to share it, as I don’t recall ever reading it explained this way anywhere else. (And let’s be honest, you’ve seen […]

A Word About Enforcing Obedience

A Word About Enforcing Obedience

The human heart pulses with the desire for self-rule. Every fiber of our natural being is bent toward autonomy and self-sovereignty. We don’t naturally want to bow to the Lordship of Christ, and even after we’ve trusted Christ, our old selfish nature fights against God’s […]

Lessons You Learn by Becoming A Mother

Lessons You Learn by Becoming A Mother

Motherhood has a way of teaching us surprising lessons. It challenges pre-conceived notions about life. Motherhood is both wonderful and exhausting, exciting and mundane. The emotions of motherhood, the highs and lows and the rate they change, cannot be tallied or tracked on paper. How […]

The One Thing I Want My Dating Kids to Know.

The One Thing I Want My Dating Kids to Know.

I have three adult children who are either dating or of dating age and after 25 years of marriage and lots of exposure to teenagers who are in the “throws” of dating, I’ve learned one thing that I want my teens to know about dating: Dating, […]

Grace for the Mom Who Isn’t Enough

Grace for the Mom Who Isn’t Enough

Wipe the counters. Empty the trash. Vacuum the rug. Make the coffee. Wash the cups. Fill the dishwasher. Empty the dishwasher. Change the laundry. Pick up Cheerios. Pick up Legos. Swiffer the floor. Change the diaper. Answer the phone. Fill the sippy cup. Check the […]