Reports from the Trenches

By Cindy Puhek

Lessons learned by this active homeschool mother of five - Scriptural, relevant, encouraging, and often funny, too!

What is Friendship?

Posted in Reports from the Trenches by Cindy Puhek on August 10, 2015
What is friendship?  I think I developed a twisted view of friendship during my childhood.  In school, friends were a buffer from loneliness and isolation.  They prevented the embarrassment of playing alone at recess or sitting alone at…Read

The Comparison Trap

Posted in Reports from the Trenches by Cindy Puhek on July 01, 2015
I have always had a weakness of comparing myself with others.  This weakness can drive a homeschooler crazy as insecurity over my children’s education can compel me to constantly look around and reevaluate my own decisions based on what…Read

Signing The Book

Posted in Reports from the Trenches by Cindy Puhek on June 07, 2015
My five-year old “signed the book” this week. This is a very special occasion in our household, especially to this mother’s heart. There are already 5 other names in the book: Danika (big sister)- May 11, 2004 Hunter (family…Read

Helping the Hurting

Posted in Reports from the Trenches by Cindy Puhek on May 31, 2015
A person dear to me has been struck very suddenly with a crippling disease. In 9 months her condition has deteriorated from being pain free to being in constant pain. We all have people around us to whom we can be the hands and…Read

It’s Curriculum Time Again!

Posted in Reports from the Trenches by Cindy Puhek on May 10, 2015
It’s time to consider curriculum for next year. I actually enjoy exploring what’s new on the market and trying new things. Educational products make me excited - sometimes too excited. I tend to over buy and get WAY more than we…Read

Titus 2 Ministry

Posted in Reports from the Trenches by Cindy Puhek on April 26, 2015
When did it happen? It certainly snuck up on me and took me by surprise. My husband is 10 years older than I am and I have always felt very young as a result. But all of a sudden, I’m realizing that I AM THE OLDER WOMAN spoken of in…Read

Unexpected Costs

Posted in Reports from the Trenches by Cindy Puhek on April 04, 2015
When I embraced the idea that children are a blessing from the Lord, I knew this would come with a cost. Some of that cost is paid to my culture that doesn’t understand my super sized family. For every positive comment I receive such…Read

Hating History

Posted in Reports from the Trenches by Cindy Puhek on March 29, 2015
My oldest child is now in high school and things have changed a bit in our homeschool. Primarily, the difference between her earlier schooling and her current schooling is she now takes quizzes and tests and is assigned grades for her…Read

But Not The Hippopotamus

Posted in Reports from the Trenches by Cindy Puhek on March 08, 2015
Sandra Boynton has written may witty, fun children’s books. Most of us have made our bedtime routine with our children far more entertaining with her ingenious stories. But some of her stories are surprisingly deep. Here are the…Read

What I’ve Learned From 16-years As A Parent (Part 2)

Posted in Reports from the Trenches by Cindy Puhek on March 01, 2015
As I look back on the first 16-years of parenting, there are definitely things I would do differently or change if I could. Here are a few: 1. I would put NO confidence in my flesh. Like most parents, I was very insecure about my…Read