I’ve been hearing from several moms lately going through the mid-winter homeschooling blues…

“We never have a normal school day!”

“My kids are driving me crazy!”

“I just wish I didn’t feel so tired (or sick) all the time.”

“I can’t teach my children all they need to know; what was I thinking?!”

I’ve been there, moms…plenty of times. It’s good to remind myself the perfect home school is not what we’re really chasing after, right?

Today’s post about the myth of the perfect home school is on my blog at HSLDA’s Everyday Homeschooling page. You can read it here.

around the table reading

Spring is on the way…it REALLY is.



Celebrate National Grammar Day!

by tklicka on March 6, 2014

To all my homeschooling mom friends–today happens to be National Grammar Day. I’m using it as an opportunity to LAUGH! I’ve been grading my kids’ papers for years, and still don’t feel like I totally have the hang of catching all the grammatical errors…I’m still making them myself! I saw this list “How to Write Good” and just had to share it with you.

Call it laughter therapy…maybe I’ve had too many days snowbound in the house with teens!

how to write good


New Goals for a New Year

January 13, 2014

New Year…new start. Don’t we all want to start with new goals for the New Year? I know I do. I’m a doer. I like making lists. I like checking things off my lists. I’m a I-want-to-do-big-things-for-God kind of person. My temptation at the beginning of a New Year is to DO more, and DO […]

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This is for you dads out there…

October 21, 2013

I have seven children who all loved their dad. Even though he had MS for 15 years before his passing, which meant he couldn’t do a lot of things most “normal” dads can do–throw a football around, teach a child how to ride a bike, walk on the beach, or go hiking–each one of my […]

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Remembering His Cowboy Boots and Great Smile…

October 12, 2013

I have so many images in my mind…thinking back to my college days: a young, energetic, friendly guy with a dashing, sincere smile the light in his eyes when he would talk about America, and freedom and values, and wanting to make a difference in the world his sadness when he spoke of people he […]

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Our Hearts and God’s Heart for Our Children

October 2, 2013

  “I will bow down toward Your holy temple And give thanks to Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth; For You have magnified Your word according to all Your name. On the day I called, You answered me; You made me bold with strength in my soul.” ~Psalm 132:2-3 Dear friends, Over the […]

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Storms and the Upward Life

August 19, 2013

A year ago today, as we walked through the extraordinarily impressive museums of the Vatican in Rome, I cherished holding the hand of the dear man who had just married me. That day—glowing in the Italian August sun—brought to a close the precious time God gave Peter and me to enjoy our honeymoon surrounded by […]

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Still Learning What Love Looks Like

July 28, 2013

This past week has been the usual busy, but in the midst of this particular busyness, I’ve had time to think about my life in ways I don’t normally have time to. When I do have extra time to think, I usually struggle with feelings of guilt and inadequacy as a mom. I don’t do […]

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