The Apprentice Juggler

November 6, 2013

Once upon a time, in the days of my teenage years, I used to be a camp counselor.  One of my favorite stories to read to my campers before bed was “The Apprentice Juggler.”  I didn’t know it at the time but that story is actually part of a whole series of stories.  It’s part […]

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I Don’t Want To…

August 5, 2013

No, I don’t really want to play Candyland…again. No, I don’t want to read One Fish, Two Fish, again. I kind of just want to finish the book I’m currently reading (the one with no pictures), or the sweater I’m currently knitting or the phone conversation I’m currently trying to have. No, I don’t want […]

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2 years, 50 years or 100 years…it’s all short!

July 29, 2013

This week has been tough.  Let me be honest, this year has been tough.  We had the loss of a dear friend in May who was diagnosed with cancer in January.  We’ve had family, friends and friends’ children diagnosed with diseases.  Most recently, we were part of the search for Isaiah Theis that ended tragically. […]

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It could have been me…it could have been you

July 23, 2013

I’ve heard a lot of theories and a lot of harsh words.  Harsh words directed toward Isaiah Theis’ parents and the law enforcement involved.  I don’t think it’s wrong to have ideas or even share them, but the fact remains we don’t know what happened, and it could have been my child.  Doesn’t every parent […]

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Tragedy Too Close to Home ~ Isaiah Theis

July 19, 2013

Tuesday evening around 8PM I asked Kirk if Fender and I could go for a walk.  I’ve walked and jogged this road hundreds of times.  It’s a very common route for me.  I said hello to some fellow neighbors and was just enjoying the beautiful evening. A familiar white truck pulled up next to me.  […]

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Released from the Mold

June 11, 2013

2 years ago we used this curriculum for Art and it was really enjoyable.  The kids artwork as a result was really impressive to me.  The strategy for teaching your child to draw with this curriculum is that they need to know how to draw 5 basic components and then they can draw anything.  So, […]

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Death and Hope

May 10, 2013

Who knows if this post will ever get published.  My mind has been a bit of a fog and getting thoughts on paper (or computer) has not been happening for me. Last Saturday, we lost a dear friend!  She was 43 and a mother of 3 and an influence to many many people.  I cannot […]

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The Lies We Believe

April 21, 2013

One of Kirk’s friends has had a lot of success with self-publishing a book on Amazon.  Early To Rise hit #1 on Business Leadership for Kindle.   Yet, Andy has been hearing things…things that aren’t from God.  Andy is very honest in sharing about what “resistance” has been saying to him in his success. His article […]

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God Cares About the Journey

April 7, 2013

“Really?  You want to read that book, AGAIN?  How about this one instead?” 3 year olds,…they love to read the same book over and over and over again.  Why is it that they love it and adults fight to keep their eyes open?  I suppose there is something that is stimulating to their little brains […]

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Chidren’s Spiritual Gifts Inventory

March 25, 2013

I was on a forum at “” for homeschoolers and the topic came up that one of the most beneficial things about homeschooling is that you can tap into whatever your child is good and and run with it.  You can adapt almost any “school” subject to fit a theme that interests your child(ren).  This […]

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