My precious daughters, You are so little right now, so entirely captivated by the joys of childhood. It is hard for me to imagine you as young women, grown and lovely and looking eagerly toward romance and marriage! Yet I know that time is coming for each of you, more quickly than I can grasp at this moment. When it comes -- when you are beginning relationships and evaluating young men and being swept away in the dizzy excitement of new love -- ... Read More about Watch Your Daddy
Commentary from my first month of homeschooling a preschooler, a kindergartener, and a first grader. Never a dull moment! We've been learning about the planets and their orbits, the earth's rotation, etc. This morning I heard Bethany (3) "teaching" her dolly: "The earth spins around one time and it's morning, and then it spins around again and it's night time, and then it spins around again and it's Christmas!" Ashley (6) may be a ... Read More about Conversations from the classroom….
Guilt. It stalks us, confuses us, winds its tendrils around our throats and suffocates us. And mothers seem to have captured the dubious honor of cornering the market on guilt. We receive it in the condemnations of friends and strangers alike, those who question and criticize our every parenting decision as if making sure we realize our complete ineptitude at motherhood is their primary mission in life. We dish it out upon ourselves, many of us ... Read More about When the verdict is always, “Guilty!”
It was an evening of failure. Failure on my sweet girls' part to behave like sweet girls, as they instead fussed and whined and let petty arguments take hold between them. Even worse, failure on my part to intercede with compassion and gentleness, to lovingly correct and redirect them. To say that I raised my voice would just be an attempt to pretty up the ugly fact that I yelled at my daughters, these three precious gifts God has given me to ... Read More about of being made perfect in weakness
Last September, at the beginning of the school year, my oldest was about to turn five. She was starting kindergarten, and as a beginning homeschool mom it was very important to me to do everything right. I researched curriculums and methods, spent hours making flashcards for reading and math, and painstakingly wrote out my lesson plans and organized our school schedule. When the first day of school finally arrived, my daughter and I were both so ... Read More about The plans I have for you
I have been enthralled by the performing arts for longer than my memory can reach into my past. As a toddler, I dressed-up in my mother’s “old-fashioned” clothes, reveling in the long, flowing dresses, and jewelry that was antiquated but timeless. Of course, the dresses were so very long and flowing on my tiny frame that they had to be pinned and tied up all around, resulting in the impression of a dwarf in thrift store castoffs. That never ... Read More about A star is born
by Jennifer Miles When I was 20 years old, I got married and started my adult life as a wife and, less than a year later, as a mother. At that point in my life, I knew everything. I mean it. I was a genius, people. I could tell you the answer to anyone's problem, and I knew exactly what everyone should be doing with their lives. My brilliance didn't stop with other people, either...I knew exactly the best way to live my own life, too. I knew ... Read More about Things I am still learning…that I wish I knew at 20