Stacy Farrell

Surprised by Jesus, Stacy went from an unmarried, childless, 30-something career woman to a Christ-following wife of 28+ years with two sons homeschooled K-12. She battled fear and overwhelm, but survived and thrived. Author of 10+ books—including the award-winning Philosophy Adventure—she loves to equip and encourage homeschool families.

Mark Your Child with Love


How can you be intentional about building your relationship with your child?

It seems a little ironic that such an important facet of our lives — our family relationships — often receive so little strategic planning.

To be a skillful father, you must be intentional.

every father leaves his mark

A Father’s Mark

Every father leaves his mark on his child. That mark can impact generations.

My father became my dear friend before he passed into eternity, but we had a difficult history.

He didn’t become a believer until late in life.

Before choosing to follow Jesus, he made some choices that were incredibly destructive to our family. Those choices left marks of anger, rejection, and abandonment….

C.S. Lewis Original Recording

Before Mere Christianity

magine you live in a flat in London, and it’s 1941.

It’s night. As you hear the now familiar drone of propellers, you brace yourself. Within minutes, bombs drop from the skies and explosions erupt.

You feel helpless, hopeless, and an overwhelming sense of impending doom.

When at last it’s quiet, you fumble your way to the radio. Your hand shakes as you turn it on and dial in the station.

Suddenly, a calm, reassuring voice fills the room …

The days are long but the years are short.

Making the Most of High School with CollegePlus — Part 1

How can we make the most of these final days of homeschooling?

Unbelievable as it may seem, my firstborn son is now a high school senior and his brother is a junior. Where did the years go?

In the joyful chaos that was my life after my second son was born a mere 19 months after my first, a dear friend warned me, “The days are long but the years are short.” Looking back to that day now, I marvel at the truth of her statement.

Leaving and landing

Walking with the Waodani – Part 1

The Invitation

Imagine you have friends of all ages (and you do, don’t you?).

One friend in particular — who happens to be 70 years old — is thinking about moving to Ecuador when he retires. He wants to explore the country, and he invited you to travel with him.

You’ve always wanted to explore the world. Ecuador seems like a fine place to start, so you accept his invitation.

Exotic Ecuador

As your departure date approaches, you decide to learn everything you can about this exotic country.

  • What kind of people live here?
  • What do they like to eat?
  • What do they do for fun?
  • What is it like to live in the jungle?

Perhaps you’ll learn how to use a blow gun … or wade into the piranha-infested river for a little spear fishing.

You’re incredibly excited — and perhaps just the slightest bit nervous.

You’ve never been away from home for more than a few days, and on this trip you’ll be gone for seven weeks! Wow! That will be quite a change.

As you grab your backpack, you wonder whether you’ll be a different person in some ways by the time you return. Hmm…

I guess it’s time to pack!

Meet Russell Winter

The scenario you just imagined really happened to homeschool graduate Russell Winter.

The invitation to travel came from his 70-year-old friend, Gary Moon.

Russell and his family met Gary when they served together at the Creation Museum. Retirement was fast approaching for Gary, and he was seriously considering moving to Ecuador.  Thinking he might explore the country a bit beforehand, he invited Russell to travel with him.

In the following clip, Russell tells us what happened next….

Ready for Adventure?

The blog posts in this series are companion pieces to Walking with the Waodani.

In Part 2, we’ll learn about Russell’s experience spear-fishing in the piranha-infested waters of the Amazon River!

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Why study philosophy?

Why study philosophy?

Most of us underestimate the relevance of philosophy. But whether we realize it or not, philosophers’ ideas have a profound impact on our daily lives.

In fact, philosophers are the world’s idea men—and their ideas are the real movers and shakers of history.

Today, there is a form of philosophy that has effectively undercut freedom and dignity within our culture. And that philosophy creeps into our lives under our radar, without us even detecting it….


“Heaven” by Renee (Smock) Higgins

The trip to Heaven was just as fast as I had imagined it would be.
In the blink of an eye, my spirit was whisked before a mighty gate.

I instantly felt warm and light. I immediately wanted to sing. I spontaneously wanted to dance. I surprisingly wanted to… laugh?

Before me stood the most amusing scene… a scene that had been so familiar to me on earth as a child, but now seemed comical here… comical, but infinitely beautiful.

(One student’s creative writing exercise from Creative Freewriting Adventure.)

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