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when boys become men

MAKING THE MOST OF HIGH SCHOOL WITH COLLEGEPLUS — PART 4


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.

When Boys Become Men

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.) …

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Plotting a course

Making the Most of High School with CollegePlus — Part 3


Plotting a course for life after high school can be a daunting task. Although some people know from an early age exactly what they “want to be when they grow up,” that seems to be the exception, rather than the rule.

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Don't run from the mirror (why you need to teach)

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.

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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 Lumerit/CollegePlus, my husband announced that he was taking us on a week-long vacation to Texas to visit his 88-year-old father.

Learning at the speed of life

(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. …

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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. …

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Russell spear fishing

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.

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

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preparing our children to leave the nest

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…. …

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Elisabeth Elliot

In Memory of Elisabeth Elliot’s Homecoming

A humble hero went home.

On June 15, 2015, Elisabeth Elliot went home to be with the Lord.  Inspiring tributes to this humble hero abound.

(See below for links to some of our favorites.)

The impact of her life—lived faithfully for Christ—reaches across borders and generations.

When she returned to Ecuador to minister to and live among the people who had brutally murdered her husband and four other men, she courageously demonstrated what it means to “love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matt. 5:44). …

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Creative Freewriting for the Persecuted Church

A Simple and Painless Scripture Memory Resource — Philippians in 28 Weeks

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO LOVE HIM WITH ALL YOUR MIND?

That’s a question I often ask as I homeschool our two teenaged sons.

When I think about how the Bible is banned in many countries…and about how countless believers have sacrificed their freedom and even their lives to spread the message of God’s love and salvation…another question naturally arises:

Are we exercising our freedom responsibly?

OUR STORY

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Why study philosophy?

Why study philosophy?

Philosophy impacts us in unexpected ways…

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. …

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Renee

“Heaven” by Renee (Smock) Higgins

One student’s creative writing exercise from Creative Freewriting Adventure

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. …

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