Books for You for Advent

The month of December can be a few weeks of stress and chaos as we try to fit in all the extra activities and preparations for Christmas, or it can be a rich time of thoughtful and prayerful preparation for this wonderful celebration of the Incarnation. More than likely though, it will be a bit of both. Having a personal Advent devotional book is … Continue reading

How Perfect Are You?

‘If a job’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well’ ‘Never, never, never, never give up.’ These sound like good mottos, don’t they?  They encourage us to try hard, to improve and to do our best, don’t they?  Or do they,  accidentally or on purpose, in subtle ways, encourage perfectionism? While there’s nothing wrong and a lot good about aiming to do your … Continue reading

What is the Difference Between a Vision and a Goal?

We all have dreams and visions for our children and our homeschooling, but sometimes (often) things don’t go the way we expect or would like. Some events are out of our control, but sometimes we can actually behave differently and get a desired result. To help you to achieve your desired results, you need to have a clear understanding of your … Continue reading

July is a Good Month

July really is a good month for taking a break, having a rest, catching up with friends, being refreshed and generally having a change of pace. Both for you and for your children! I took July off from homeschooling and from writing articles for Homeschool Family Life and that gave me time to catch up, and work on things like cleaning … Continue reading

Don’t Be Afraid to Change

Just thinking some more about the address given at my daughter’s university graduation a fortnight ago, the wise man giving the address told the young graduates that if they find that what they are doing has become so stressful that they are unhappy in their work they should not be afraid to move on. I thought this was interesting as … Continue reading

What’s More Important Than Cleverness?

Last week we had a very happy day when our daughter graduated from the University of Auckland.  This young woman has never been to school and never sat an exam before the age of 20.  She loved studying and she did so well in her course that she was offered post-graduate study.  There were a lot of happy moments on her … Continue reading

The Secret Ingredient to a Balanced Life

Life has felt a bit strange the past couple of weeks.  Not abnormal, but not normal.  Just strange.  (See It feels like an earthquake) And an unexpected epiphany has happened within me.  I am remembering what my vision is.  One aspect of my vision had become so important to me that it had started to grow out of proportion and … Continue reading

If Momma Ain’t Happy…

  Hands up if you feel disappointed when you go out without a child and see a fire engine but have no-one to point it out to. Or what about having dinner with an adult and you want to cut their meat for them or help them clear their plate. Have you ever corrected someone’s grammar – out LOUD? (so … Continue reading

Lavender Soap and a Thick Dry Towel

Thanksgiving is a beautiful word.  When we are thankful our attitude changes.  It improves.  And then, as if by magic, our situation looks better.  It’s healthy to give thanks. A day to celebrate harvest and to give thanks is part of different cultures all over the world.  I made a list of some of the thanksgiving dates from around the … Continue reading