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Can You Plan with Littles Underfoot?

Herding cats.  Catching water with your hand.   Sometimes life with littles seems like a fair ride where you don’t know whether the next second will be joyous, exhilarating or terrifying.  And then there are those who think you can and should actually manage that ride!

Mystie Winkler and Celeste Cruz will be having a live chat on Tuesday, July 19 to help you  as you seek to plan life with the myriad of “interruptions” life with young children brings.  It’s free. Just register here. 

Organization for the executively challenged

While trying to find some tips on staying organized (I have fun getting organized, it’s staying there that challenges me), I ran across this great article for people with dyslexia on time and organizational skills.  I like how she matter-of-factly says essentially “Hey, we struggle  with this- how do we fix it”.

Her tips are helpful for many diagnosis–and for those of us who aren’t !

Discovering and Responding to Challenges

Most of us have some pretty amazing dreams and plans when it comes to our children.  And sometimes, well most of the time, things don’t turn out quite as we plan.  When  we begin to suspect our child may have a challenge of some type, or the truth is suddenly thrust into our face,it can be like be  like unexpectedly finding ourselves in a foreign land. Come listen in for the next 40 minutes as we explore this new land and begin to learn our way around this new world.


PLEASE make sure the volume on the youtube site as well as the volume on your device is up.  There have been a few who have not been able to hear it well but I have found adjusting the volume on the youtube channel to solve this. If it does not, please let me know!~

Monique Stam is a homeschool mom of 10.  In this journey she has experienced a variety of challenges.This messages was originally given to the GRACEDucators homeschool group in April of 2016 and graciously shared by one of its members who recorded it with permission  Please do not share without express permission.

This messages was originally given to the GRACEDucators homeschool group in April of 2016 and graciously shared by one of its members who recorded it with permission  Please do not share without express permission.


Helpful GENERAL Resources- Special Needs

Self-Care for Parents

Special Needs Parenting-Not Alone

While these books are somewhat specific, you may be able to identify with their journey

Dancing With Max by Emily Colson

Life Not Typical: How Special Needs Parenting Changed My Faith and My Song By Jennifer Shaw

Song- Your Child by Jennifer Shaw–view on YouTube

Soul Keeping by John Ortberg

Welcome to Holland


One of many child development charts

Learning in Spite of Labels, Joyce Herzog

All things Diane Craft!  – many items on brain development and behavior.

Making the Brain Body Connection by Sharon Promislow

Pocketful of Thearpy

Homeschool Legal Defense

Well Connected Brain seminars–good website.  Virginia Dill

Encouragement Day 2


We continue our study concerning encouragement today, and we will look at the same Hebrew word , and concerning the same Hebrew word.  I will repeat this information in case you missed it. If you do not need that information, you may want to skip to the Context portion of the study.

Deuteronomy 3: 28 But charge Joshua, and encourage him, and strengthen him: for he shall go over before this people, and he shall cause them to inherit the land which thou shalt see

Greek/Heb Word:  Chazaq

Meaning ,(strongs H2388)  חָזַק châzaq, khaw-zak’; a primitive root; to fasten upon; hence, to seize, be strong (figuratively, courageous, causatively strengthen, cure, help, repair, fortify), obstinate; to bind, restrain, conquer:—aid, amend, × calker, catch, cleave, confirm, be constant, constrain, continue, be of good (take) courage(-ous, -ly), encourage (self), be established, fasten, force, fortify, make hard, harden, help, (lay) hold (fast), lean, maintain, play the man, mend, become (wax) mighty, prevail, be recovered, repair, retain, seize, be (wax) sore, stre withstandng (self), be stout, be (make, shew, wax) strong(-er), be sure, take (hold), be urgent, behave self valiantly.

The KJV translates Strongs H2388 in the following manner: strong (48x), repair (47x),hold (37x), strengthened (28x), strengthen (14x), harden (13x), prevail (10x), encourage (9x),take (9x), courage (8x), caught (5x), stronger (5x), hold (5x), misc (52x).

Context: Og king of Bashan, and Sihon king of Amorities on the “other” side of the river from the promised land have been conquered and directions given to Moses to strengthen Joshua because he would finish the job.

Application: Leaders, parents, mentors–when they are involved in the “good works God has prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” should bring along other believers and their children and mentor them and strengthen them to be more equipped and do a better job than they have themselves.  This means being willing to show our weakness and train them to strengthen them in ways we are not strong. It also means allowing our children, even at the risk of losing our “place” in their hearts, so they can learn from those who have strengthen where we have weaknesses.

Personal Application: First, as a parent, our primary job (outside of our marriage) is to disciple our children for Christ.  However, we must use the gifts and abilities God has given us  for the works He has prepared for us to do outside the realm of parenting, There are times and seasons where one will be emphasized more than the other and at times where parenting/discipling our children is almost our whole world (outside of our relationship with Christ and our spouse).  But even there there are small ways to use our gifts- whether it’s serving the elderly or needy, sharing the Gospel, prayer, or any of the other gifts He has given.  Recently, books by Sally Clarkson (Own Your Life) and John Ortberg (Soul Keeping) have been a great influence. Tim Woodard, a dear brother in the Lord was a great example of this.  He nutured his wife and trained his children- even his son who is nonverbal and has poor mobility – to seek to love others and share the gospel with them.   His now adult children work along with their mom and work to help to pay the bills and help with their brother and continue to reach out to those in need and those in need of the Gospel.  The Lord suddenly called this brother home, but I know the family will continue to serve the Lord as He enables them.