Homeschooling High School-Part 3

We are on the brink of it. Our two older kids have graduated from our homeschool, and now begins the on-ramp for graduating our youngest. She is currently finishing 8th grade, and today I put together a rough plan for the next four years. She has interests in art and veterinary science, so there are a few things included to help her investigate those subjects.

Spring 2020 and High School Overview

It doesn’t have to cost a bundle, either.

My cost is $25 a month for Power Homeschool.

My subscription to is a benefit of working for the company (but it’s still CRAZY affordable at under $9/month for the whole family, with our current special, and includes my record keeping, our quarterly magazine, planners, SO MUCH–ask me about it!).  I’ll use some videos like Mr. D’s Geometry and Drive Thru History to round out our math and history classes.

Typing Club is free (I like it…used it for Michael).

The New Answers books (1-4) are free right here.

I got a complete copy of WriteShop on Ebay for $15 I think.

We use the library and free books on Kindle for reading.

Driver’s Ed (with high school credit) is $19.95 one-time fee, when we are ready for it.

Add in paper, pencils, a few sundry supplies that I buy in bulk at Walmart’s back-to-school sales.

Homeschooling does not have to break the bank!

If you find the idea of homeschooling high school daunting, a couple favorite resources of mine are the It’s Not That Hard to Homeschool High School Facebook group, and all that Lee Binz has to offer at The HomeScholarsite (really, go look!).

Comment if I can help! And keep an eye out here for an announcement about an incredible, free online event coming up very soon!

Peace While Wading Through a Sea of Opinions

There is only one way, and God has comforted me with it yet again today. Only one way to find quiet in your heart when you feel censured by others. Read on, friend.

I’ve been a homeschooling mom for over 20 years. I have chronic health issues. I’ve helped our kids navigate through learning disabilities. I wasn’t married until I was 30. I had our last child when I was 45. I’ve been a pastor’s wife, and in a place of leadership at a large, Christian institution. I’ve got a child with a life-threatening illness that has no cure (yet).  Believe me, I’ve been the topic of conversation amongst whisperers and have received many pieces of unsolicited advice.


Here’s the thing. People can be wrong. The heart is deceitful, and our perception is largely myopic (read: up-close). God knows it all, with no “spin” on it–only truth. The Bible says there is safety in a multitude of counselors (so please don’t misunderstand me to be saying you need to be a Lone Ranger Christian)–but one thing you’d better be sure of in those who offer you insight: check it against the unfailing truth of the Word of God. Always, always, always.

Whether advice or opinions are offered because we asked for it, or because someone felt the need to “share”…always place those words alongside scripture. Do the same with your own attitude when you feel you’ve been misunderstood or judged unfairly. God can speak through donkeys…and He may be doing it again. 😉 So if those words come from a source you feel has no “right” to speak up, still ask God if there is any truth in them. And ask Him to help you be honest and objective. If there is, then get it squared away with Him. Then rest.

Open your Bible. Follow the directives of Psalm 119–teach me, lead me, search me, instruct me, guide me. Allow these experiences to build spiritual muscle which makes you strong, instead of building up callouses, which only makes you hard.

That’s all.


Do You Know Who You Are? (Part 1)

Do you know who you are_
A prominent theme in recent movies I’ve seen concerns identity. Moana’s grandmother asks her, “Do you know who you are?” People are searching…they want to know what makes them matter? Some give up asking in futility and take their own lives out of their resulting sense of hopelessness.

This theme is also prominent in “Overcomer”, which was our family’s collective video gift this Christmas. A main character asks this probing question: “Who are you?”  He posits that if a person claims to know the Lord, then the first identifier on their list should be, “I am a Christian.”

See, all other identities we may claim–or hope will provide a sense of significance for us–are subject to change. A job, a relationship, an accomplishment, a title…they are all fleeting. The “15 minutes of fame” comes and goes. Everything is really quite fragile, whether we realize it or not.

But–what if you could know who you are…that you matter, you belong? What if that knowledge could be secure and unchanging?  That’s what happens when you claim the identity of Christ to define you. I love this graphic. 
We have an anchor that keeps the soul
Steadfast and sure while the billows roll,
Fastened to the Rock which cannot move,
Grounded firm and deep in the Savior’s love.
We can possess this for our own when we trust Christ as Savior. Contrary to popular belief, we are not children of God automatically by being born into this world. We need to belong to Him by being adopted into His family. He extends that invitation to us, and we need to receive it.
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Dear Moms of “Bad Kids”…

Crazy kid in bounce houseI feel inclined to encourage some mamas today. Yours is not the child who is referred to as a “good kid”. Your child is “that kid”…the one who is wiggling, talking, distracting, interrupting, seems to have no filter, has occasional passionate outbursts and forgets the social graces. Don’t forget that “that kid” is also the one who loves profusely and fiercely, hugs with gusto, feels with great compassion, sees with a perspective beyond their years, and teaches you to love life with abandon.
There are two sides to every coin. Remember that when you are frustrated with a lack of immediate compliance or feel embarrassed in public. Stay the course. You keep on plugging. Make your goal so much bigger than gaining the approval of others. This is your child, not theirs. He or she is “fearfully and wonderfully made”. There is a reason yet to be realized for the depth of their ardor. This child will not be one to take the path of least resistance. A strong will can manifest as smug defiance–or valiant courage. It’s a matter of the heart. That child who appears to be obediently sitting down on the outside might be rebelliously standing up on the inside.
Goodness knows in the near future we will need people who are willing to speak seemingly recklessly for the sake of the gospel. Who knows how God will choose to use your “wild child”? Eagerly anticipate that while you try to teach manners and comportment and guidelines of communication. Don’t sacrifice their uniqueness. It can be exhausting and conflicting to find the balance when there is pressure to conform and you feel your parenting comes under scrutiny. Scrutinizers and their varied opinions are a dime a dozen. The time you patiently and lovingly invest is precious and of eternal worth. In the midst of the din, woo that child’s heart to the Lord.
“My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.” Prov. 23:26