Giving Thanks in 2020

“Dumpster fire.” “Trash can.” “Hot mess.” Such are the suggested titles for 2020, this year we’re all eager to forget. The pandemic that prompted us to hunker down for “two weeks” has smoldered for ten months. Riots are a weekly occurrence. The death toll rises, pitching countless families into grief. Before and after the election,…

Clinging to the True Story

I was privileged to have this piece published at The Rabbit Room recently, and thought it might also appear to readers on this blog — especially for those who are Tolkien fans. The original can be viewed here. Her head slouched to one side on the pillow, and her breath rattled through a slackened jaw….

Organizing Your Homeschool Monthly

Hello friends! I don’t usually do this, but with the school year upon us I thought I’d post a quick video showing how we go about organizing our homeschool monthly, in the event it’s helpful. I can talk about our daily approach in a second video. Blessings to all!

When Homeschooling Wasn’t Your Plan: 10 Tips to Help

Let’s face it — 2020 has been a mess. In the worst cases, we’ve endured illness and death, with loved ones cut off from each other during their hardest moments. Violence and hatred seethe on the streets. Jobs and hard-won businesses crumble. Our only solace, is that our God is so great, so far-reaching in…

A Prayer and a Plea

I am an image bearer of God. So are you. The grocery worker standing for hours behind plexiglass so we can have bananas on our oatmeal every morning bears God’s imprint. So does the elderly gentleman waving to his daughter through a nursing room window. Those strapped to hospital beds, with endotracheal tubes snaking down…

Coronavirus Is a Horror. But, God.

This past week, I returned to my hospital temporarily to help in the ICU as coronavirus cases surge.  As the pandemic has tightened its jaws around the world, my colleagues have labored for long, exhausting hours, stuffing down fears, focusing on the work of caring while prominent personalities have bickered and slung vitriol. Compared with…

Passing the Peace. . . from Afar

These are strange, unsettling times. Jesus teaches us to love our neighbors as ourselves (Mark 12:30-31). We’re to love one another, as he has loved us (John 13:34-35). On a Sunday morning, with sunlight streaming through colored glass windows and choral Alleluias lifting skyward, this calling seems to throb in the heart. We see one…

Maple Syrup and Mythology: Homeschool Day-in-the-Life, Year 4!

  It’s hard for me to wrap my mind around the fact that we’re entering the spring of our fourth year of homeschooling! As those who follow this blog know, homeschooling was never our “plan,” but rather something to which the Lord drew us against our every expectation. As each year passes, His graces to…

Building a Homeschool Library

I’ve written in the past that homeschooling for us is a rhythm and a lifestyle, rather than a prescription. We’re highly interest-led, and follow passions more than curricula. I’ve neglected, however, to emphasize how essential a good homeschool library has been to that lifestyle. Diving into topics that arise out of life and spark the…

Some Kids Barely Survive Christmas: Celebrating the Son with Special Needs

I wrote this article last year for Desiring God. I’m reposting it here (permitted per DG’s reprint policy), as once again we’re struggling with the same challenges. Maybe it will bring comfort and a sense of understanding to others. You are not alone. And your sensitive little ones are loved and cherished in Christ, no…