Handwriting….is it going the way of tatting and home-cooked meals?  Is it a necessity or a luxury?  Is there a  real purpose?

Personally, I have found that I write different things on the computer and by hand.  And if I really need to remember it , I write it, repeatedly.    If I have emotions to sort out, I often write it out.   And I often journal personal, spiritual things.

I love mail of all kinds-electronic and written.  But a handwritten note is definitely more like a personal gift.

Here is a great article about handwriting that inspired me to share my thoughts on this.

Here is a very interesting article that describes connections between handwriting, learning to read,  learning and remembering!



I.S.I.S and Christmas


Will I really stand if and when that day comes when I face pain for Christ?

Will I look to Christ, the author and finisher of my faith, who for the joy before Him endured…..

Could  I do as my brothers and sisters in Christ have done and stand firm in the face of threats…and death …of those I love?  Do I love Him more?

It’s questions that have haunted me since Middle School.

I take comfort in the fact that He says He will enable.

And in Corrie Ten Boom’s story of the train ticket.

Today…today… I needed something more than the willpower to think about the right things.  I wondere what I could listen to as I went about some tasks that would enCOURAGE me.

And I remembered my Christmas playlist.  What better thing to infuse into my heart and mind this morning than the incredible Incarnation and Redemption!

Too Many Snow Days?

In our location, we have been hit with an unusual amount of snow days!  Whether you homeschool or not, the novelty can soon wear off.  So what can you do to redeem this unexpected time away from your normal activities.

–Take some time for play, but too much unstructured time can lead to the loss of a sense of accomplishment.  I remember reading that somewhere than in World War II one of the methods used to discourage the prisoners was meaningless labor–simply moving a rock pile back and forth.

So structure your day!  You may want to use a timed day planner like this to  help you.

List the play time activities, books, movies, that chore that has been neglected, or that project that needs to be finished, cooking ahead to  be done, notes to be written, phone calls made, games/skills  that you have been wanting to teach your child, cooking or baking ahead to do?  Make a list, pray for His guidance for the plan, and plug it in!

I’ve listed a few ideas under some of the categories, but many of these are so family/age specific it would take the rest of the day to chime in our family favorites.   This will be somewhat of a work in progress and may be added to from time to time.

If you have favorites. please chime in and comment!







Call it Courage

Door in the Wall



how it works type movies,

movies from or about the time -peroid your child is studying, movies

about other countries or cultures

Some of our Favorite Non-Fiction movies

Wild China

Wild India

Planet Earth

What’s In the Bible (jelly telly)

How It Works

How It’s Made

Torchlighter series ( about missionaries/marytrs- jellytelly.com)







household maintenance and repair

writing a letter to a single, older person or missionary kid




Bible or poem memory work




under the bed

cooking ahead (meats, breads/muffins, cookies and cakes)

some thing that’s been irritating you that you just haven’t had time for!

ART /MUSIC history or hand-on

Reaching Out to Others

bake for a neighbbor, widow or single parent

write a letter to Grandma and Grandpa or Aunt and Uncle

write a missionairy or MK

Learn more about other believers and pray for them.

Can you identify a treasure?

I just finished reading this article written to single men and women  about how they interact with those of the opposite gender when they are not interested in their attention.

But what struck me is how often that happen between people in general.  You don’t think that person needs you to go out of the way to exhibit kindness, because they “obviously” have it all together.

Or you take “that attitude” as anger or rudeness when it is a desperate attempt to hold it together in the midst of terrible pain.

Or you think that person who is less educated, moneyed or connected than you couldn’t possibly have anything to offer that would help you or enrich your life.

And when you do, you miss a treasure.

Find a treasure this weekend.  And value it

courtship ready?

Courtship has been a buzz word you have either likely embraced or avoided in the last decade or more.  There are so many really good article, books and speeches, outlining “why”.  A few on “how”, but not many.
  When I wanted to outline our “how” twenty years ago, my husband wisely advised we would wait, because each situation would be different, and any “rules” we laid down were likely to be affected by the circumstance.  How right he was!  Our plan, whatever it might have been, probably wouldn’t have been appropriate for our daughter courting a widower!
But one thing I have seen over the years concerns me. Standards are great, and there are some you shouldn’t waiver on—like is the potential partner is a believer who is walking with the Lord.
  But I’ve heard about and seen many who expect 30 year marriage maturity out of couples who think they may be interested in each other, and discount a potential suitor (or  “courtee”) because they lack maturity in some area.
  Personally,I think what matters is where they are “going”.  I know many couple who married VERY young, but are doing well!
While you evaluate if the man or woman that your child may be interested in is an appropriate mate, ask if your child  “there”:?  Are  you even  “there”?   What defines “there” for you, and why?  Is it born out of your own struggles within yourself or your marriage?  Is it born out of fear or a sense that if you would just “do it right” everything would end up fairy tale for you and your child’s new family.
There are other ways to look at this.  I will speak from the girls’ parent’s perspective, but it needs to be looked at from both directions.    Does he have an interest in Christ?  Is he growing?  Teachable?  Manage his money well?  Look to the needs of others? (Not just :her” right now) Hard , diligent worker?  Respectful to his parents and grandparents?  Respectful of his church leadership?  Given to too much pleasure?  Self-centered? Insist on his own way?  Manipulative?  Given to anger?
What do they want to “be” in ten years?  This may change.  But do they have a heart for serving the Lord for How they  thinks they can serve the Lord better together than apart?  How does he expect to provide?  Do they agree about children?  What do his parents think?
Examine your goals for courtship.  Are your “standards” out of fear or a need to control?  Remember, the Perfect Parent raised His first “kids”  in a perfect environment and it didn’t turn out so well .  God raised Adam and Eve in Eden.  We surely are not going to be able to manipulate a situation that is better than what God provided.  And we are all now sinful, fallen beings.
So is it hopeless? No.  We have  a Redeemer.  And He has a plan.  Seek His face, not your plan.  Seek His wisdom, not the approval of others.  Seek to see through His eyes, hear through His ears, watch through His heart.
Rest in the Lord!  Ask His guidance and trust Him.  There are some times we have walked things that make me wonder …then I remember that He does guide, and just because something is His will  doesn’t mean it will be easy.  There will be hardships.
  Like Teri Maxwell says in Homeschooling with a Meek and Quiet Spirit, you know things won’t go right all the time.  What we need to do is PLAN how we will respond in a godly way when they don’t.  She says this in relationship to children and disobedience.  We live in a fallen world.  It will happen.  But I think it’s applicable to so many other areas.  And so many believers forget 1 Peter and even Jesus’ promise that in the world we will have troubles. Our children will too.  It’s a strange, western “christianity” that thinks once we trust God, lifepo here will be smooth and happy!   The point is we have Someone to live for, who loves and redeems us…we have a real future…a purpose…..and someone who can see us through hardships, even situations that are a result of sin and even use them for good.
So where does that bring us in the “how”?  We still try to “do it right”, meaning in a manner that is seeking to please the Lord and the good of others.  We don’t seek to please the crowd we run with (or want to run with) or to be control freaks trying to protect our kids of inevitable pain.  Fear leads to sin.
Hopefully,  we have started to train them to deal with disappointment, relational hardships and the like in a God-honoring way.  The point is that marriage is a reflection of Christ and the Church. We don’t expect any many to embody the perfection of Christ.  The goal matters most.  The place on the field we are starting from matters as well.
But we don’t start at the finish line.

The Miracle of His Empowering

While we had seen evidence of God’s working in unnatural ways in the past, when our third child was born and had difficulties, I had a strong sense that this was something the Father wanted us to walk through, not around.

Though it’s not my story, this post explains it so very well.  Even if the hardship you are now facing is not a medical need, or a challenging child,  please  read this.  Even if you are cruising along pretty happily right now, someone in your life is huring, please read this.