Thursday, March 14, 2013


               Hosted by CFHE

Attention area homeschoolers...
You are invited to attend a FREE, one day Homeschool Conference, sponsored by Christian Family Home Educators (CFHE). While there will not be a Vendor Hall this year, the conference will feature local workshop speakers (including Your's Truly), offering tools and encouragement for the many seasons of homeschooling. There will be workshops during each session specifically for moms, dads and teens, so bring the family (please note that there is no childcare available). Don't miss this opportunity to gather with other homeschoolers, renew the joy and vision for homeschooling your children, and get equipped for the job.

In addition to the workshops, information will be available on a variety of local resources for homeschoolers, including support groups, co-ops, music lessons, sports activities, upcoming curriculum fairs, etc. And of course, there is the unique opportunity to connect with a large number of homeschoolers and homeschool leaders to both offer encouragement for this journey and to ask questions and glean nuggets of wisdom and ideas from others.

If you are new to homeschooling or considering this option for your family, you will find many answers to your many questions, from How-To advice to curriculum and method recommendations and ideas. If you are a more seasoned homeschooler, needing fresh ideas and encouragement to continue into the next season or finish this race, you will find the encouragement you seek as well as practical ideas and resources to make the Jr. and Sr. high school years rich and successful (or at least doable!!). And if you are about to throw in the towel... you definitely need to join us! : )

If homeschooling seems just too hard, then you need to hear our message of hope and freedom, and consider different methods and models for teaching your children, because Jesus said His yoke is light and His burden is easy. Yes, homeschooling can be difficult to follow through with at times. And we do encounter seasons of growing weary. But God's Word offers us encouragement to not grow weary in doing good, and offers us this promise: "Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary." Isaiah 40:31

Mark your calendar and plan to join us on April 13, as we come together to help equip each other for this calling the Lord has placed on our lives.

Registration details and more information coming soon, so watch your email!

Redeeming St. Patrick's Day

      I enjoy "Irish-ness", especially the music.   St. Patrick's Day always brings out the festive Irish emphasis everywhere we go, and I kinda enjoy that.  But I also think it is important to offer our kids a look at the history of the day, and point to a different emphasis... Jesus and the spreading of the Gospel.  While I don't know a whole lot about this "missionary", St. Patrick, and don't want to get into a discussion on church history or doctrine, I do appreciate these words below, credited to St. Patrick.  I have also heard my friend (you know who you are), sing this, and it is just so pretty.
     By the way, I learned recently that St. Patrick's Day, March 17, is believed to be the day of his death.  I knew he wasn't Irish, but read that his parents were Roman! (Didn't know that... a little trivia for ya!)  Anyway, enjoy this lovely writing, as we think of Christ on St. Patrick's Day.   

“Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.”
― St. Patrick