Living In The Light {1 John 1}

Living In The Light

Good Morning Girls!! 

We are in the book of 1 John and today I want to focus on 1 John 1 as it particularly spoke to my heart this week.

When the power suddenly goes off, I stumble around for a flashlight. We need light or we will easily trip and fall. It is dismal and depressing to live in a dark house and we tend to grope through the darkness to locate the power because living in the light illuminates our life.

Guided by the Holy Spirit, John penned the epistles of John as an old man looking back over his happy memories during the days he was with Jesus.

As we look at 1 John 1, lets make sure to illuminate every dark corner with the Light of Jesus and start fully ‘living in the Light.’

Entering into the Same Fellowship with Jesus

God wants us to enter into close fellowship with Him. The first way that we do this is to stay faithful in the Word of God each day.

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;” ~1 John 1:1~

No Impurity or Insincerity is Permissible

God wants us to offer Him a pure relationship with sincerity that overflows from our heart.

“That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.” ~1 John 1:3~

Unimpaired Walk with God Brings Joy

“And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.” ~1 John 1:4~

Nothing should stop us from walking with God. Nothing.

We ought to have an unimpaired walk with God but ladies, that too often is just so far from true!!

If we are to have an unimpaired walk with God, we need to set our priorities straight. Instead of a steady diet of connections on social media first thing in the morning, intentionally set your heart and mind on God before breakfast and before the kids get up.

If you’ve been up all night and couldn’t get up before your kids, then read your Bible to them. Even a baby will often be calmed by your voice reading Scriptures.

When our walk with God is unimpaired we are ultimately blessed with JOY as we grow closer to Him.

Living In The Light With Jesus

Jesus is our source of power and He will light up the darkness we are surrounded with. When Jesus saves us, we are brought out of darkness and into the glorious light.

There are dark times in our Christian lives where we need a reminder to tap into the source of Power.

“This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 7. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” ~1 Peter 1:5-7~

Are you struggling? I have several areas in my life that I wish things had turned out differently. But they didn’t.

The good news is that you don’t have to struggle and neither do I!!

With your eyes fixed on Jesus, you can go forward, living in the light with Jesus.

Are you consistently walking in the light? You can slip when you’re not in the Light.

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Eight Reasons I Love Homeschooling {Blessed At Home}

I want to thank Meghan over at First Comes Love for contributing today for our Blessed At Home feature every Thursday here at WholeHearted Home. We are sharing about homeschooling during the month of September as we get back into our routines after a wonderful summer. I know you will be blessed by what Meghan shares.

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Isn’t it interesting to find an old list or journal entry and chuckle at your young, naïve self? I was browsing through old blog posts the other day and came across one from a couple of years ago about why my husband and I had decided to homeschool.

It turns out, though, that my only chuckling was about how our reasons still hold true today.

  1. Curriculum choices. The choices can be dizzying! But I like that because it means we all can find something that works for our particular circumstances.
  2. A positive social environment at home. The Mr. and I both had difficult social experiences as children in the public school system. In our home, there’s no bullying, snide remarks, or dissing.
  3. Schedule. In my husband’s position as college professor, his time off occurs only during the college breaks. Our local public school schedule and the Mr.’s schedule would never allow all of us to be off school at the same time except at Christmas. Homeschooling allows plenty of opportunity for family togetherness.
  4. Field trips. With homeschooling, we all go. Why should the school-age children have all the fun?
  5. Learning. My husband and I are learning addicts. As we homeschool, our love of learning is being transferred to our children.
  6. Interest-led learning. Since we choose the curriculum, each child can study what interests him, whether it be nutrition, clock-making, veterinary science, art, writing, computers.
  7. Time efficiency. When I was in school, I waited for the bus for five to ten minutes. I rode the bus for another thirty. I spent at least thirty minutes going to my locker and moving between classes. Nearly every class period I would finish my work early and then have to wait. (Maybe that’s why I love reading!) In our homeschool, there is no wasted time with transportation, walking the hallways, waiting for the teacher to explain the lesson again, waiting for the bell to ring.
  8. Cost efficiency. Homeschooling is cheaper. We re-use our curriculum, so once a child hits fourth grade, all we need to purchase are the consumable work-texts (the books in which they write). This costs about $50 per child. By staying at home, we avoid a lot of extra expenses in clothing, lunches, supplies, and transportation.

Homeschooling was a wonderful decision we made years ago, and we’ve never looked back.

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The Hurried Child + WholeHearted Wednesday Linkup #109

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The Hurried Child {WholeHearted Home}

There is a Hawaiian saying that I remember from when I lived on Oahu back in my teens. It was, “The more faster I go, the more behinder I get!!” We are rushing to teach our children even through homeschooling them – and the hurried child becomes the burned out child.

We can’t wait for our children to pass milestones from the time they are born. We post on Facebook or Instagram pictures depicting their new smile, latest tooth, and we rush ahead hurrying them to learn their letters and shapes.

Forgotten Books and Research

There used to be a plethora of books available that encouraged parents to delay teaching their children academics until they were ready. Books that shared how a child needs to experience life and explore nature first. It is much quicker for a child to learn to read and do math once their brain is ready.

Books gain popularity and quickly are replaced with other books, newer, younger authors. Why is it that we no longer value older writers and the tried and true? We constantly make the same mistakes over and over.

Slow Down, Don’t Hurry Your Child

A toddler doesn’t need to learn phonics and neither does a pre-schooler.

This is the time to spend teaching your child about Creation, giving them a strong foundation in Genesis and Old Testament Bible stories.

Slow down and take walks almost every day in parks, fields, along rivers and collecting in zip lock bags the treasures that they find.

Making a notebook in a 3-Ring Binder of their scribblings and ‘findings’ slipped into plastic protector sheets will give your child something to do while living slow.

The Hurried Child Becomes the Burned Out Child

When you hurry your child to activities (all good ones of course) from the time they are a toddler, you will eventually have a child that is stressed and possibly even burned out academically.

We start with play-dates from the time our child is a toddler and this turns into activity after activity. I am not saying these things are wrong. We need to guard our child’s time and limit their involvement. Family is much more important if we want to have our child’s heart in the long run.

Just as we rush around to activities, we rush to teach our children to read, often doing more damage than we realize when some children (often boys) are just not ready for academics yet.

So, take your time with your children and enjoy each day while they are young. Make your schoolroom the outdoors and spend lots of time cutting, gluing, and coloring which all prepare your child to read.

Are you rushing your child both academically and with too many involvements in activities? Do you agree or disagree?

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Welcome to WholeHearted Wednesday Linkup #109!!

Back on July 8th, I shared about the importance of taking a blogging break. I thought it was so important to occasionally take a blogging break that I shared HOW to take a break HERE. If that weren’t enough, I shared about WHAT to DO on a blogging break HERE!!

I am on the kind of blogging break that keeps on blogging in auto-pilot!!

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How To Help a New Mother

How To Help a new MotherPutting Titus 2 to work by helping a new mother is a good thing for any woman to do whether younger or older. The way to become a godly woman is to start when you are young and perfect it by the time you are older.

If you are a mother, remembering back to the first hours and days after delivering your first sweet baby, you were tired and needed to recover from 9 months of pregnancy and labor. Meanwhile, you were finding that all that you had read about motherhood; had not completely prepared you for the reality of that tiny little bundle of joy and love.

It can be overwhelming in the middle of the blessing.

I have more to share about “How To Help a New Mother” but you will have to follow me over to ‘What Joy Is Mine’ where I am guest posting for Naomi today. 

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Living on the Next Level in the School of God

Living on the Next Level in the School of God {WholeHearted Home]

This week we finished up the book of Esther and have been reading 1 Peter 1-3 since Wednesday.

Life is like a school where we learn by our experiences.

Most of the time we get stuck on the same level of complacency, not paying much attention to whether we are growing closer to the challenges that God gives us to take life to the next level.

We are in the ‘school of God’ whether we are aware of it or not.

We should be living on the next level in the school of God, but too often we are stuck back in first grade!!

1. The Trial of Your Faith is More Precious than Gold

Are you struggling in your marriage, parenting, finances, patience, health, energy levels, emotions, or just simply struggling? What a comfort to read that the trial of your faith is more precious than gold in God’s eyes! That is just incredible to me!

“That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:” ~1 Peter 1:7~

Even when your faith is tried by fire, you are being refined in the school of God. If your mind and heart are engaged, you will be learning and growing. The whole purpose of the trials that we go through in life are so that praise, honor, and glory are given to God.

2. Girding Up, Sobering Up, and Hoping to the End = Grace

I love the word “girding” as it gives me a mental picture of tightening up my belt or rolling up my clothing so that I can get through the deep waters of life without getting too wet.

Life is serious business and what happens in this journey is often very sobering.

A fatal car accident, cancer, financial devastation, or just those little things that happen day-to-day can cause us to sober up and focus on Christ. At least, that ought to adjust our view.

“Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;” ~ 1 Peter 1:13~

Troubles can weigh our minds down as we continually worry and fret. God wants us to gird up our minds. He wants us to hope until the end for GRACE. He wants to reveal Jesus Christ to us.

Just thinking on Jesus and grace will relieve so much of your pressures.

3. Talking Holy Because God is Holy

Living on the next level means that Every. Single. Word. that proceeds out of our mouth would be holy and honoring to God.

We are called to talk in a manner that reflects Jesus.

We are called to living holy lives on the next level. Are you finding yourself stuck in first grade?

God doesn’t want you there.

He wants you to be living on the next level.

You are in the school of God. What a wonderful place to be!

“But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; 16. Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” ~1 Peter 1:15 & 16~
God is holy and He is calling you to be holy. You can be holy when you abide in Jesus moment by moment.

4. Love Fervently with a Pure Heart

“Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart ferfently:” ~1 Peter 1:22~
Unfeigned: I love this word! It means to be genuine, sincere, real, wholehearted (just had to add that), true, honest, heartfelt, not a fake.
Sanctifying our life in the school of God is progressive as we start living on the next level.
For most of us, we don’t ‘arrive’ all at once when we get saved. If you have been saved, you made an about turn the day Jesus saved you, but there was still much that needed to be purged out of your life.
The Christian walk is a process of progressive sanctification. It all starts with purifying your soul as you obey the truth through the Holy Spirit.
When your soul is purified of all the gunk, it is much easier to love other believers fervently with an unfeigned heart.

5. Living on the Next Level with Jesus

1 Peter has so much more within its precious pages that will bring you to the next level in your school of God.
This journey is a lifestyle of holiness.

4 Steps to a Lifestyle of Holiness

Back to School!! {WholeHearted Home}
These four steps sums up living on the next level with Jesus in the school of God. When you pass your trials and tests maybe you can move to an even higher level.
  1. The trials of your faith is more precious than gold to God
  2. Girding Up, sobering Up, and hoping to the end = grace
  3. Talking holy because God is holy
  4. Love fervently with a pure heart

Has God taken you ‘back to school’ as with lessons you are learning in your ‘School of God?’ Are you stuck on the same level or moving to the next level?

You will be blessed to read what Courtney shares today over at Women Living Well: A Steady Diet of Beauty Magazines Will Starve Your Soul {1 Peter 3}

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Printable Prayer for the Homeschooling Mom

I want to thank Tauna over at Proverbial Homemaker for contributing today for Blessed At Home feature every Thursday here at WholeHearted Home. We are sharing about homeschooling during the month of September at we get back into our routines after a wonderful summer. I know you will be blessed by what Tauna shares.

Printable prayer for the homeschooling mom

A new homeschool year has started for many of us, and for some it never ended! All around there are school supply sales, curriculum deals, and talk of plans and schedules. However, there is one step – a first and most important step – that we must take if we are going to be successful this year, and that’s prayer.

Can we commit to something today, fellow homeschool moms? Can we make a decision together to pour our hearts into prayer this year? Let us wash our homeschool, our children, our family in prayer at every turn.

When we pray over our plans and decisions, the Lord is involved and He will never steer us wrong. When we pray at the start of each month, week, and day, we are inviting Him in to walk with us and guide us on the journey. His presence will bring the peace we crave. His Spirit will give us the guidance we need.

Free Printable Homeschool Mom’s Prayer

I have written a little prayer for us homeschooling moms. Download it, print it and post it where you see it often. Enjoy the new year and the time you have with your children!

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For more homeschooling prayer resources, check out these printable cards as well as this helpful weekly calendar.

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Dr. Kent Brantly: Serving the Least of These + WHW #108 LINKUP

Dr. Kent Brantly Serving the Least of These

Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”

We live in a self-centered country where most people are concerned about themselves. Few would risk their lives to serve in a Liberian Ebola ward like Dr. Kent Brandtly was doing recently. He must have known the risk of contracting the dreaded disease but was willing to obey God’s call on his life in serving the least of these.

Dr. Kent Brantly wasn’t afraid to serve the least of these. He faced Ebola head-on while caring for patients in Liberia and then faced his illness with bravery.

He had courage and determination and has been an outstanding testimony to the entire staff at the Emory Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia.

Follow me over to Missional Call where you can read more about the controversial care Dr. Brantly gave to the Ebola patients in Liberia before contracting the desease himself – HERE!!

Welcome to WholeHearted Wednesday #108 Linkup Party!!

Back on July 8th, I shared about the importance of taking a blogging break. I thought it was so important to occasionally take a blogging break that I shared HOW to take a break HERE. If that weren’t enough, I shared about WHAT to DO on a blogging break HERE!!

So, what am I trying to say?!

I am away from my ‘blogging desk’ until around the second week of October.

I have posts scheduled through the end of the month ~ so keep coming back.

WholeHearted Wednesdays will be here each week although I am doing terrible at visiting like I usually do.

I have a LOT of wonderful posts coming up, so even though I am on a partial blogging break, come back to see what’s cooking!!

09/11/14 – Tauna from Proverbial Homemaker will be sharing: Printable Prayer for the Homeschooling Mom

09/12/14 – Blogging Through The Bible – I Peter

09/16/14 – How to Help a New Mother

09/27/14 – The Hurried Child + WholeHearted Wednesday #109

So you see, I am on the kind of blogging break that keeps on blogging in auto-pilot!!

I just wanted to give you a heads up, in case you wondered why I am late with my WholeHearted Home Happenings weekly newsletter, and you haven’t seen me in the comments on your blog, or sporadic on Facebook (Hey, “LIKE” me ;-) ) and Pinterest!!

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How To Turn Your Wilderness into Dynamic Joy

How To Turn Your Wilderness into Dynamic Joy

When you don’t feel like having joy!!

Wouldn’t you know that the most important time to rejoice in the Lord is when you completely don’t feel like it?!

Are you having a difficult day?

The bills are larger than life and no matter how many books and blogs you read on marriage, yours is still a mess.

You feel dry.

Spent.

You just don’t feel like rejoicing!!

I’ve been there. So melancholy and totally unable to get out of my pit. Joy was not something I knew how to find.

Joy can’t be mustered up. You just can’t work yourself up to be joyful

Did you know that the Scriptures repeatedly connect wilderness times with joy?

Have you ever noticed that wilderness and dry dessert experiences end with everlasting joy? Joy comes AFTER the wilderness.

Wouldn’t you know that God doesn’t want us to stay in the wilderness? Sometimes we just want to camp there and don’t want to pull up the stakes and move on!

Look at these verses I found in Isaiah 35. They are gems!!

The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the dessert shall rejoice, and blossom as a rose.” ~Isaiah 35:1~

  • It shall blossom abundantly (vs.2)

  • And rejoice even with joy and singing (vs. 2)

Jesus Wants to Turn Your Wilderness into Joy

Jesus will interrupt the situation in your life. Your dry, barren, wasteland that you are in can be totally turned around as you soak yourself daily in the Bible and experiencing Him.

As you read your bible your eyes and ears will be opened, you will feel like leaping and your tongue will start singing. It may take consistently pursuing the Lord daily, but I promise you, you will find joy!!

  • The eyes of the blind shall be opened (vs. 5)

  • The ears of the deaf shall be unstopped (vs. 5)

  • The lame man leap as an hart (vs. 6)

  • The tongue of the dumb sing (vs. 6)

God will give you joy. He will put joy on the inside of you. It starts inside and bubbles out.

Joy is a Gift of the Holy Spirit.

Joy is a Dynamic and not a Static.

What does it mean to have dynamic joy?

This kind of joy is not worked up like happiness can be. A person can be dynamically happy on the outside and sad on the inside.

Joy is ignited by the power of the Holy Spirit within you. It is abiding joy. The abiding of the Holy Spirit living in and through you.

Joy Becomes a Lifestyle Like a Highway

And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.” (vs. 8)

But the redeemed shall walk there.” (vs. 9)

And the redeemed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.” (vs. 10)

As women who are mothers, daughters, sisters, grandmothers, aunts, single or married, we are on a journey taking us to heaven. It can be a hard life filled with anxiety and worries that we feel especially as women.

As God teaches us to have joy and we allow His Spirit to take more and more control, we will be more able to walk joyfully no matter what life brings.

I often think of Elizabeth Eliot, missionary who lost her husband when 5 missionaries were slaughtered by the Alka Indians. She knew that joy that only God can bring and lived it out as an example for us.

It really is possible to have joy when you trust God to turn your wilderness into joy. He is able!!

Have you been in a wilderness at some point in your life? Has God taken you from your wilderness into joy? Or are you trusting God to give you joy, real joy?

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Oh God, Make Us Like Esther!!

Oh God, Make Us Like Esther {WholeHearted Home}

Oh God, make us like Esther!! Full of conviction, grace, boldness, and humility, “for such a time as this.”

I want to get you excited about the book of Esther. It is a marvelous book that is all about God and yet without ever mentioning God in the whole book.

Have you ever taken it slow through the book of Esther?

Reading just one chapter a day, seven chapters a week, and 365 chapters of the Bible each year will take you and me through the Bible in about 3 ½ years. I’m “IN” and how about you?

The remarkable story of Esther shows us how God can work in an impossible situation and turn evil intentions of men around for good and the glory of God.

If we choose not to step up to the occasion with courage and conviction, God will find another way.

Esther Had to Make a Choice.

Haman was filled with hatred towards Mordecai and was plotting to have him killed. As if that wasn’t enough, he thickened his plot by getting king Ahasuerus to sign a decree that would have all the Jews put to death.

Mordecai charged Esther that she should go to the king and make a request to him for her people.

Esther Wasn’t So Sure. Here is Her Response:

All the king’s servants, and the people of the king’s provinces, do know, that whosoever, whether man or woman, shall come unto the king into the inner court, who is not called, there is one law of his to put him to death, except such to whom the king shall hold out the golden sceptre, that he may live: but I have not been called to come in unto the king these thirty days.” ~Esther 4:11~

Mordecai pointed out to Esther that if she kept silent at “such a time as this,” that God would find another way to save the Jews and that she would perish.

For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” ~Esther 4:14~

Esther rose to the occasion with courage and conviction without flinching. She called a fast of both food and water from all the Jewish people living in the provinces of Persia.

Oh God, Make Us Like Esther

Esther’s resolve was, “If I perish, I perish.”

Esther walked in humility. She had courage and conviction, yes, but she had grace from God to face her circumstances knowing that God was in charge of the outcome.

Esther had pretty bad circumstances, don’t you think? It couldn’t get any worse!

Are you overwhelmed with a seemingly impossible situation in your life?

Letting go and letting God work is what Esther resolved to do. We can see how at first she saw an impossible situation without seeing God in the picture.

Are you not seeing God in the picture? If you don’t take courage and conviction to allow God to work, He will find another way.

Oh God, Make Me Like Esther!!

My life is changing drastically right now. It is morphing into something totally new.

New isn’t always so easy.

I am committed to reading through the Bible one chapter a day, seven chapters a week, 365 chapters a year until I am done.

Commitment isn’t easy.

Things go wrong along the way and I feel like giving up right at the start.

I have ‘things’ going on in my life much like you do. Complications as soon as I committed to this study.

I have found it such an incredible challenge to keep up with S.O.A.P.ing through Esther this past week. But I did, with God’s help.

Satan wants to thwart my plans and destroy and kill my commitment to “Blogging Through The Bible” because he would rather have me be a lukewarm Christian. Committing to studying the Bible and Blogging about it, no less, is a decision that takes courage and tenacity.

This post just isn’t coming together.

I feel like giving up before I start.

I slumped onto my bed and slept nearly sabotaging the wonderful thing God is doing through this study because I wouldn’t have pulled this post together (with God all things are possible.)

Oh God, Please Make My Reader Like Esther!!

What are your circumstances?

Are your finances a mess?

Maybe you have a prodigal child.

Maybe your husband is out of a job?

Your children might be the issue.

God can make you like Esther, no matter what your situation. He will give you the courage to say, “If I perish, I perish.” He has created you “For such a time as this.”

God can work the impossible in your situation. You were created for “such a time as this. Don’t miss what God has for you by “holding your peace.”

Step into God’s inner chamber where God raises His golden scepter so you can have life, abundant life in Christ. You have been created with your unique personality and talents “For such a time as this.”

Do you have an impossible situation in your life? Do you believe God can work out the details?

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A Second Generation Homeschool Journey

A Second Generation Homeschool Journey

It was a revolutionary idea back then – to educate your children at home. It smacked of pioneer days, conspiracy theorists, and hippie compounds where people want to protect their children from government influence.

Homeschoolers often got a bad rap.

Perhaps some did fit these descriptions – but I’d venture to say that they were few and far between.  Most families, like today, simply wanted to have the option to be their child’s educator – recognizing their responsibility in this important part of their child’s life.

It would be several years before homeschooling would become a buzz-word, even longer before co-ops would form among homeschooling families to provide them support, fellowship and the opportunity to explore subjects such as music, drama, advanced math and science.

I even remember the day when a local news team came out and filmed our “school”.

I was in the 4th grade when my parents decided to homeschool. My sister was in 2nd grade and my brother was barely in preschool. There were not many options to choose from and it was still illegal in most states to not have your children enrolled in a school.

My father even lobbied in our state to make it legal.

It has been an amazing journey to follow the homeschool movement from it’s infancy to what it is today – a world-wide movement that is rich with creative mothers and fathers who not only have a vision for educating their children, but a generosity that has built the blogosphere into a virtual library and school room where those on tight budgets can access quality materials for free – or at the very least at more than affordable prices.

I have now come full-circle.

I live in a country where homeschooling is not yet legal. Our church is lobbying to legalize homeschooling. So I have chosen to begin working with my children while they are not yet required to enroll in school.

It is an exciting journey that we are embarking on this fall! There are so many amazing and creative materials to choose from that I am still having trouble narrowing down exactly what I plan to use.

As I have planned and prepared, I have reflected often on my own education: homeschooled from the 4th grade through high school,  and I wonder just how long I will have this honor and pleasure to be our sons’ first educator.

Are you a first or second generation homeschooling family? What has your journey been like this far?