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MEET THALES —THE FATHER OF WESTERN PHILOSOPHY

STUNNED BY DARKNESS

Our adventure opens upon a battlefield. The year is 585 BC. Lydian soldiers clash with Medes. Blood flows; men die.

After six grueling years of engagement, weary families wonder whether the fighting will ever end. An ominous rumor ripples across the field. The philosopher Thales had made a frightening prediction. Suddenly, the sky grows dark. Continue reading MEET THALES —THE FATHER OF WESTERN PHILOSOPHY

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HEALING BROKEN FATHERHOOD

Healing broken Fatherhood

“Father…” I choked on the word as Roger and I sang a worship chorus with a small congregation in Kauai. I was a new believer at the time, and I still associated the word with my personal experience.

I love my father, and the Lord brought peace and great healing to our relationship before Dad passed into eternity. But for a very long time our relationship was a source of deep hurt.

DISTORTING THE GIFT

Although God gave us the gift of family, when fathers’ hearts are not turned toward their children, that gift becomes distorted. Such families suffer a loss that is difficult to overcome. For some, it is devastating.

And the pain often carries into the next generations…. Continue reading HEALING BROKEN FATHERHOOD

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MAKING THE MOST OF HIGH SCHOOL WITH COLLEGEPLUS — PART 7

COLLEGE PLUS REIMAGINED AS LUMERIT SCHOLAR

(This is part 7 in our series. If you missed our first post, you can find it here.)

In the midst of our CollegePlus studies, the program underwent a major transformation. Consequently, we decided to “interrupt our regularly scheduled programming” to explain this change.

We’ll start with a little history… Continue reading MAKING THE MOST OF HIGH SCHOOL WITH COLLEGEPLUS — PART 7

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MAKING THE MOST OF HIGH SCHOOL WITH COLLEGEPLUS — PART 6

TEACHING TO THE TEST

One of the greatest gifts of homeschooling is the freedom to customize your child’s education.

(This is part 6 in our series. If you missed our first post, you can find it here.)

Without formal testing, it is unreasonable to expect a teacher who is responsible for a large classroom of students to know with certainty whether those students are comprehending the material presented. But in the intimacy of the homeschool environment, there are a variety of ways to make this assessment. Continue reading MAKING THE MOST OF HIGH SCHOOL WITH COLLEGEPLUS — PART 6

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THE MAKING OF THE MOMMY BOOK

Have you ever wondered how books are printed?

We’re excited to release our first children’s hardcover book. And we’re praying that mommies everywhere will read it to their little ones at bedtime, and that little ones will fall asleep knowing how precious and chosen they are!

If you’ve ever wanted to take a little peek “behind the scenes,” here’s a little pictorial journal of the printing of I’d Rather Be Your Mommy. Continue reading THE MAKING OF THE MOMMY BOOK

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A FATHER’S MARK — 3 PRACTICES

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

3 PRACTICES THAT WILL MARK YOUR CHILD WITH LOVE

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

Tim VandenBos, director of annual father-son and father-daughter retreats, explains:

Most men don’t give fathering the kind of intensity that we give work. We don’t set goals. We just hope it happens.

To be a skillful father, you must be intentional.

Continue reading A FATHER’S MARK — 3 PRACTICES

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A FATHER’S MARK — PART 1

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.

Consequently, I grew up with a distorted picture of fatherhood. However, when I became a believer, that distorted picture was gradually replaced by one that displayed the beauty of biblical fatherhood. Destructive marks were replaced with marks of grace, acceptance, and faithfulness.

Continue reading A FATHER’S MARK — PART 1

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MAKING THE MOST OF HIGH SCHOOL WITH COLLEGEPLUS — PART 5

A STUDY OF WORLDVIEWS

Do your children see the world through the lens of Scripture?

Everyone has a worldview. It is the “lens” through which we view everything around us. Most people blindly accept theirs from the culture in which they live. However, Christians are called to cultivate a biblical worldview. Continue reading MAKING THE MOST OF HIGH SCHOOL WITH COLLEGEPLUS — PART 5

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Before Mere Christianity — C.S. Lewis Vintage Broadcast Talks

Imagine 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 shaking as you turn the dial. A calm, reassuring voice fills the room, delivering the first of what will be a series of radio broadcast talks. This one is titled: “Right and Wrong: A clue to the meaning of the universe.” Continue reading Before Mere Christianity — C.S. Lewis Vintage Broadcast Talks

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MAKING THE MOST OF HIGH SCHOOL WITH COLLEGEPLUS — PART 4

Making the Most of High School

WHEN BOYS BECOME MEN

My homeschool mentor warned me, “One day, you may want to stop calling Roger and Ryan your boys and start calling them your sons.” I’m so grateful for her wise words.

It happened so fast! Long days crawled past while years flew by. But today, there’s no doubt — my boys have become men.

(We marked the transition with a special gathering detailed in Celebrating Manhood — a rite of passage guide.) Continue reading MAKING THE MOST OF HIGH SCHOOL WITH COLLEGEPLUS — PART 4

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Don’t Run from the Mirror — Why You Need to Teach!

YOU WILL BE FACED WITH A CRITICAL CHOICE

Is everything is going well in your homeschool now? Just wait. If your experience is anything like many of us, the day will come when you encounter difficulty and discouragement in your homeschool. When you do, you’ll be faced with a critical choice: run … or overcome.

Continue reading Don’t Run from the Mirror — Why You Need to Teach!

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MAKING THE MOST OF HIGH SCHOOL WITH COLLEGEPLUS — PART 2

HAVE YOU EVER HAD A WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY DERAIL YOUR LESSON PLANS?

Shortly after my two teenage sons, Roger Dean and Ryan, officially started CollegePlus, my husband announced that he was taking us on a week-long vacation to Texas to visit his 88-year-old father.

(This is part 2 in our series. If you missed our first post, you can find it here.)

In 2005, Granda Farrell had moved back to his home town, a thousand miles away from us. We missed him. (I miss him now.) It had been far too long since our last visit. Although I was thrilled at the thought of seeing him again, I felt a bit of stress not knowing what impact this unexpected trip might have on our studies. Continue reading MAKING THE MOST OF HIGH SCHOOL WITH COLLEGEPLUS — PART 2

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MAKING THE MOST OF HIGH SCHOOL WITH COLLEGEPLUS — PART 1

Making the Most of High School

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. Continue reading MAKING THE MOST OF HIGH SCHOOL WITH COLLEGEPLUS — PART 1

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Walking with the Waodani – Part 2 – The Lost Spear

(This is part 2 in our Homeschooler Adventure Walking with the Waodani series. Click here to start the series at the beginning.)

A CHANGE IN PLANS

When I first interviewed Russell Winter back in November of 2014, I thought it would be helpful to record our session so I could refer back to the video when I wrote the one blog post I had planned. However, the longer we talked (we talked for 2.5 hours!), the more captivated I became by Russell’s storytelling!

As you may already know, that “one” initial blog post morphed into a blog series … which morphed into a series with a few worksheets … which morphed into our newest release: Walking with the Waodani. Continue reading Walking with the Waodani – Part 2 – The Lost Spear

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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. As your departure date approaches, you decide to learn everything you can about this exotic country. Continue reading Walking with the Waodani – Part 1 – The Invitation

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Preparing our children to fulfill God’s purpose

We pour our hearts into preparing our children to fulfill God’s purpose for their lives.

We love them deeply, intimately, sacrificially. We know there is a time to shelter, a time to prepare, and a time to release. Yet, when the time comes, it can be incredibly hard to let them go…. Continue reading Preparing our children to fulfill God’s purpose