Encouragement & Inspiration

We all like a little pick-me-up now and then, and that's just what these articles are meant to do!

Counting Our Blessings

Counting Our Blessings By Various Authors

101 Reasons to be Thankful for Homeschooling
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we thought now would be a great time to put together a big list of homeschool blessings! We hope these will be an encouragement to you and a fresh reminder of why you’re teaching your children at…Read
Percents, Pancakes, and Perseverance

Percents, Pancakes, and Perseverance By Jamie Gross

The lessons we all learn from the boring subjects
Reading, writing, and riding horses . . . at our house, that one small change would lead to homeschool utopia. No more dragging through lesson after lesson of math. No more groans and sighs at the thought of school. The debate of whether…Read
Relearning to Say Thank You

Relearning to Say Thank You By Lea Ann Garfias

We teach our children to say "thank you," but perhaps it’s we adults who need the lesson most of all
Last Sunday, my teenaged daughter and I worked in the church nursery during the Sunday School hour. This is one of my least favorite ministries, I have to tell you the truth. I’d much rather be relaxing in the adult class, listening to…Read
Celebrate Homeschooling!

Celebrate Homeschooling! By Kari Lewis

March 26, 1990, was our first day of homeschooling. It was a day of very mixed emotions for this mommy. In the early years of parenthood, our home had been a place of playing, working, learning, and discovering—together. Our kids were…Read
A Homeschooler for Life

A Homeschooler for Life By N.E. Jackson

I’m finished with my official homeschool journey, but I’m still a homeschooler at heart.
I still remember the moment in 2014 as if it were yesterday. My pastor called my parents and me to the platform, my tassel was turned and my neck hugged, and there I was: a homeschool graduate. I had been looking forward to that moment…Read
With Those Who Weep

With Those Who Weep By Cindy Puhek

Life brings many struggles and challenges, and homeschoolers aren't exempt. How can we be a blessing to the suffering among us?
I’ve written about suffering before. In 2011, “Homeschooling in Crisis” was published in this magazine, in which I detailed my story of homeschooling in the midst of a cancer diagnosis while pregnant with my fifth child. In “Lesson in…Read
Choosing Rhythms in Homeschool Life

Choosing Rhythms in Homeschool Life By Gail Heaton

We all need one.
When I was a young homeschooling mom, I had a big fear when I was out in public with my children. It went something like this: I’d be in the supermarket checkout line playing over an imaginary conversation that might result from the…Read

Moms Matter By Jonathan Lewis

I've developed a new appreciation for mothers.
It’s cliché to say it, but mothers are important. You don’t really need me to tell you that. Or maybe you do. You see, I know that being a mother is often a thankless job. There’s not a lot of glamor in it, and even though we all know…Read
Choosing to Focus on the Blessings

Choosing to Focus on the Blessings By Kari Lewis

Thoughts for Mothers Day
Sunday, May 8, 2016. Mother’s Day. This is the morning moms are supposed to wake up to a scrumptious breakfast, beautiful flowers, meaningful cards, gifts, and a day full of special times. Husbands and kids overflow with gratefulness and…Read
War and Peace

War and Peace By Kari Lewis

It has been said that a classic is a book everyone would like to have read but no one really wants to read. Take Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace, for example. I confess I’ve never read it, and I probably never will. It’s one of the longest…Read