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Forgiveness and Reconciliation

Learning to accept the difference between forgiveness and reconciliation. Trying to rebuild a relationship when there are two very different beliefs about the world, it’s Creator and therefore how we should live as well as how we see the current status of our relationship and everything surrounding it.

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It’s Not All Up To Me

It’s not possible nor reasonable to train or teach every child every thing they need to learn. I don’t need to do it all. Just as God is perfecting in me His work, so He is with the children. I am not perfecting them – He is. God has begun a good work in me and He will continue it until the Day of Christ.

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Fearless Parenting

I’m not scared anymore. And it’s beautiful. Freeing. Relaxed. And joyful.Too often I tried to influence my little ones. Tried to control them. I micro-managed them. The lessons God has revealed to me have been the only thing that keep me going at times. It is not hopeless, but it isn’t just about homeschooling- it is so much bigger than that. God wants to reach you, to teach you, to blow your mind with Himself. But sometimes, like with me, He has to get some stuff out of the way so that we will listen. To parent out of freedom and grace is refreshing. It’s totally liberating!

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What is the Chief End of Homeschooling?

The Chief End of Homeschooling: there is an eternal reason for all this mess, untidiness, and constant training. That reason is that God wants ALL of us- our entire life. Our goal is to love God and glorify Him forever – in the midst of spilled Weetbix and poopie nappies and children that can’t spell.

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Hi, I'm Susan

Musings of a maniacal, messy mama navigating through the seasons of life. Veteran homeschooler who feels like a newbie. Mama to many adults, and a toddler again. Blended family. Ex-nomadic lifestyle. Follower of Christ.


Make The Most Of A Book Fair

Book Fairs? Curriculum Fairs? Don’t you love them? I do! But, I had to devise a strategy so that I could get the most from them. Here are the things that I try to do in order to survive a book fair.Check with friends as to their *must-have* books. Devise plan of...
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Homeschool Smorgasbord

An extensive variety of homeschool related freebies and posts

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Upgrade: 10 Secrets to the Best Education for Your Child

Anyone who knows me (or reads my blog) would know that I like to read books on home-schooling…particularly books that speak about the heart of education. I like to read books by Robin Sampson, Sally Clarkson, Diana Waring, Marilyn Howshall and others. I have...
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Living by Rules

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.? Ephesians 2:8-9 Law. Rules. Trying to live according to them. Does funny thing to people eh. Here in our city, we are heading...
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Homeschool Phony

I am a homeschool phony. At least that is how I felt when my child asked to go to school.

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How to Create Your Family Mission Statement

Your life has purpose. Your family has purpose. Your homeschool has purpose. You know what is important to you. And you know what is in your heart. But maybe you haven’t expressed it with words nor put it on paper. Yet doing so is a very beneficial action that will help you and your family throughout your life. A Family Mission Statement is an effort to define the vision of your family and therefore the mission or purpose of your family.

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HOWTA Book Study: Preface

Two years ago, I had the opportunity to lead an email discussion group while studying the Heart of Wisdom Teaching Approach (herein referred to as HOWTA) by Robin Sampson. I’d like to share the chapter summaries and things I’ve pondered here. Heart of...
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Galatians Bible Study with Teens

Meaty Bible study for teens, young adults and new/young believers. This book is not devotional in nature. The concepts it deals with are meaty. But it is written in a way that even children can understand. There’s no reason not to learn doctrine when there are truth-filled, helpful books such as this. Letters to Brian & Daniel will clearly impart wisdom on the nature of God, the nature of man, the sovereignty of God, salvation, grace, faith, law and freedom.

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Reading for today…striving to find a sense of normality

Well, we’ve been in this house for over one week now but I have to say that this seems like one of the hardest, longest moves we’ve done in quite awhile. I don’t know if it is because it wasn’t an interstate move and only 20 kms away or that...
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Carnival of Homeschooling

The new Carnival of Homeschooling is over at Dewey’s Treehouse! It is a truly inspirational carnival. If you can’t remember when or where the next carnival is to be held, just come back to my blog, look down the left hand side of the page and you’ll...
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Does Your Child Read Aloud?

Is there any value in having children read aloud? As tedious as it may be, it has tremendous value! I love books! I love reading and I like reading aloud to the whole family. But what about having children read aloud to us? Having a child read aloud is recommended by...
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Music Appreciation for the HomeGrownKids

Music appreciation in our home, featuring the Trans-Siberian Orchestra

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