When His Love Changes Everything

When His Love Changes Everything

Sharing my devotional over at rachaelcarman.com! "His Word is FULL of scriptures that tell us who we are in Him. I encourage you to write them down and pray them regularly…declare them out loud! Let that knowing in your heart become the place from where you live. It...

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Remembering Your Way to Victory

Remembering Your Way to Victory

Sunday evening.  What does that mean to you?  Does it invoke feelings of hope or dread? Maybe, like me, you’ve experienced both. It’s the end of the weekend and Monday morning is just one short sleep away. I’m thankful for Sundays.  God knew we would need to hit the...

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Meet Durenda

I’ve been happily married to Darryl for almost 28 years.  I’m also a mom to eight, ages 12-26 and nana to four sweet grand babies.  I had visions of what a great mom I would be.  After 26 years of mothering, I have come to the conclusion that I will NEVER be that mom, but guess what?  It really doesn’t matter because it really isn’t about me..it’s about living the story that GOD has written for our family…the one that reveals just how awesome and faithful HE really is!

I love to encourage parents by sharing some of the clarity that comes with age, experience and sometimes learning things the hard way.   It’s less important that we look a certain way and more important that we parent and homeschool with the big picture in mind and that happens most readily when we learn to SLOW DOWN.  Being unhurried in our parenting and homeschooling allows us the time and space to be much more intentional.

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I wanted you all to know that I just published my first book!  It’s a simple, mercifully short book on homeschooling(about an hour long read). Over a year ago, my husband suggested that I write a book on homeschooling.  I laughed because I really did think it was funny!  Homeschooling for our family has been simple, so I doubted that anyone would want to read about it.  My husband told me that was EXACTLY the reason I should write about it.

Four months, an editor and layout designer later, it was published!  Much to my surprise, after two days on Amazon, it was rated #1 in several categories! The most important thing to me, though, is that parents are being encouraged to relax and enjoy these precious years at home with their kids.  If homeschooling isn’t enjoyable most of the time, it might be a good idea to pause and reflect on why.

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When Arrows Fly

We have been homeschooling over 20 years now.  I wouldn’t change a thing.  It’s still something that brings me to my knees.  It still sometimes makes me cry.  I still want to be the best mom I can be and I want to finish this homeschooling thing well.  But, I’ll admit...

Letting Go of Your Homeschooler

He wanted to play football in the worst way.  None of his older 5 siblings ever wanted to play a team sport, so this was a new direction for our family.   It's part of the adventure that is called homeschooling.  You spend a lot of time exploring and examining each...

Unhurried Homeschooling: Why We Need to Slow Down

(Contains aff. link) We have been homeschooling over 20 years.  We have eight children and are graduating our 4th and 5th in just a few short weeks. When I started this journey with our kids, the internet wasn't in existence.  We didn't have cell phones and homeschool...

An Honest Discussion About Biblical Submission

It's become a nasty word..."submission".  God uses this word in Scripture, but it's important to understand the Biblical definition.  Listen in as Heidi and I talk about what Biblical submission really looks like.  We have both been married over 26 years and we can...

How to Have a Healthy Disagreement With Your Spouse

We ALL have disagreements within our marriages, but one of the best thing you can know how to in order to preserve your relationship is to know: How to Have a Healthy Disagreement With Your Spouse Join Heidi and me in this short podcast as we share ways to "fight...