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Well, so much for my pretty scene at the pond! Tom and I heard the *crack crack….craaaaack…..* and then, enormous branches came crashing down, smashing the little maple I was so looking forward to watching blaze with autumnal colors. Other branches around the property have come down, too. Free firewood?

 

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It’s starting to feel more like home and less like camping, even as I figure out ways to expand my countertop space to do some canning. Some folks feel sorry for us. I guess my expectations of what a real home is made of aren’t as high. I put higher value into things like honoring the Lord, loving one another, and gratitude for faucets that give clean, hot water. You could practice honor, love, and gratitude in a yurt (and people do!). Proverbs 15:17   Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith. 

 

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I continue to enjoy the interesting landscaping, and take so much pleasure in it! It helps offset the disappointment of not having a food garden this year. Here are the flowers blooming at the tips of the branches of another tree. A whole tree with tropical looking flowers!

 

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We continue to work on the house, especially the bedrooms upstairs. It’s goes slowly; we still have to upkeep our old home on the market, and we can only work as time and funds are available (just like anyone else!). How do you like our outdoor shop? Pleasant summer sunshine and breeze…hard to beat!

 

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The good news in everything, always, is that the Lord has not forgotten nor forsaken us :) Give an ear to the update and if He so leads, we continue to appreciate and are humbled by your prayers on our behalf.

 

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To listen to Pastor Houston’s broadcast that Tom hosted, click here: Walking With Your Sons on the Journey to Manhood.

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moving day

Good-bye Big House

Over a week later, I *finally* have internet. I must say, though, the world didn’t come to an end without a connection. This past week has been STRESSFUL..I suppose I will be glad I didn’t have the internet distraction to make it worse. Lots and lots of unpacking, finding where to put things, trying to chase after two toddlers, while getting all the bigger and all the slower-er. AND while trying to go back to the old house–a 45 minute drive each way–to do all of those things to get it ready for listing. I will freely (and sadly) admit that my patience has worn thin and I have NOT been the pretty picture of patience and grace every moment of every day. Thankfully, when one of us is falling apart, there are plenty of others in our family to pick up and carry on.

 

Sorry this is short, but I just wanted to post another podcast update. I have much more to share, but time IS short these days (did I mention we just had in-laws visiting, too?).

 

Thank you for your prayers and comments! And–yes–we were really tired!

 

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Downsizing Our Home…Upsizing Our Family

June 30, 2014
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Podcast: Play in new window | Download Well, today’s the big MOVE! The big yellow rental van will be here in about two hours, along with a group of friends. Last night my husband and I recorded our last podcast in the primo studio, and talked about what we’re doing, and why. Hopefully you’ll get […]

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An Alternative to Obamacare

March 30, 2014
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Podcast: Play in new window | Download   Rather than join the chorus to rant about Obamacare, I thought it might be more helpful to hear about an alternative. Join us as we talk with Jamie Pyles about Samaritan’s Ministries and hopefully answer any questions you may have about this organization.     If you decide […]

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Do You Know Affliction?

March 24, 2014
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Podcast: Play in new window | Download It’s great to get behind the microphones with my husband again! In this episode, I share about my new book, Present, coming out soon, and offer to you some encouragement regarding affliction. We’re not spared affliction in our lives, but in Christ, we are never alone within in […]

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Visit Our Studio!

October 12, 2013

It is really fun to podcast with my husband, and I encourage you to give one of our shows a listen if you haven’t done so yet.  Would you like to see our studio?  Enjoy!

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To College by 12….and Beyond!

September 11, 2013
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Podcast: Play in new window | Download   I was very blessed to speak with Mona Lisa and Kip Harding.  They are the loving parents of ten children, and six of them have begun college coursework by the age of 12.  At the time I was struggling with issues like,  ”Am I overloading the kids […]

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A Way Around Unemployment

June 11, 2013
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Podcast: Play in new window | Download   So many families are dealing with unemployment that I just had to introduce you to Mr. and Mrs. Teves.  In the midst of looking for a job (and he’s still looking!), he not only considered the skill sets he had, he was open to trying new things […]

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The Blessing of Down Syndrome

April 10, 2013
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Podcast: Play in new window | Download   Ruby Mae is coming on five years old and we thought (with the encouragement of a reader–thank you!) that it was high time we did a podcast about her and Down Syndrome.  What follows is a our story.  It may be a bit (or more) of meandering […]

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Homeschoolers and the College Question. College Plus: An Option Worth Considering

February 2, 2013
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Podcast: Play in new window | Download “Knowledge, learning, talents are not necessarily connected with sound moral and political principles. And eminent abilities, accompanied with depravity of heart, render the possessor tenfold more dangerous in a community.” Noah Webster “Oxford did little to improve John’s spiritual life…”   Basil Miller, John Wesley Homeschoolers are out-of-the-box […]

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Living the Forgotten Way Lifestyle

December 3, 2012
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Podcast: Play in new window | Download   Daniel and Abby Jo are joining us to share their off-grid experiences with living the Forgotten Way.  You’re sure to enjoy their story!     Daniel and Abby Jo are no longer blogging, but you can still find their website here.   The Grandpa Jakes Campfire Cooker […]

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Why Sons Need Their Father’s Leadership

November 13, 2012
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Podcast: Play in new window | Download How would you lead your barefoot son through a maze of bear traps?  What if he were blinded to them?  What if you were too busy doing other things to even notice he was embarking on that journey?  And what does “slipping and checking” have to do with […]

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The Reality of Living Off the Grid

September 21, 2012
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Podcast: Play in new window | Download Meet my off-grid friend! Bugging out to live off the grid sounds very intriguing, especially in our current economy with our need to simplify and downsize.  But what is it really like?  Listen in on the conversation I had with a young mother, telling me a bit of […]

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Captivated: Finding Freedom in a Media Captive Culture

August 10, 2012
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Podcast: Play in new window | Download “We’re so busy….busy doing what?” Corey “What captures your attention controls your life”.  That quote still resonates with me along with my blog post, Narrowing.  How do I live a life, if not outside of, alongside of, a virtual world?  It’s ironic that we now can store our […]

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Cursive First? And Is Teaching Latin a Fad?

July 16, 2012
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Podcast: Play in new window | Download I had the opportunity to ask Sarah Gunning Moser two questions that have been on my mind: 1.  What’s the deal with teaching cursive first?  That is, why not teach ball and stick letters to my preschooler? and 2.  Is the current fascination with teaching Latin in homeschool […]

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Because You Want Your Children to Read

July 9, 2012
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Podcast: Play in new window | Download I’m very pleased to bring you this podcast regarding the state of literacy in our nation today and what we, as mothers and fathers can do about changing that tide beginning with our very own families.  This is not content just for homeschoolers!  Sarah Gunning Moser is a […]

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Raising (and Butchering!) Your Own Meat Animals

April 11, 2012
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Ever think about raising and butchering your own meat animals? Join me as I interview my friend Sonja to hear her experiences and advice. Warning: there may be some parts you might get "ick-ed" about!

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Natural Childbirth: Yes, You Can

March 18, 2012
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I'm a mother with two c-sections and four unmedicated VBACs in between them, and I want to share with you my experiences and some very compelling reasons why I believe that yes, YOU *can* also have a natural childbirth. We are currently awaiting the arrival of our seventh baby, and this podcast is as much for me (I need reminders and encouragement, too!) as it is for you.

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Fear Not, Part 2: An Interview With Heather Bryant

February 8, 2012
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My friend Heather Bryant made the time to come share her story with you all. Here is a woman who lives out FEAR NOT in real, relevant, everyday ways. May you be encouraged!

2 Chronicles 20:17 Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you.

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Fear Not: Set, Stand, and See

January 7, 2012
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2 Chronicles 20:17 Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you.

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Keeping Peace in the Home During the Holiday Frenzy: An Interview with the High Five Moms

November 23, 2011
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I had the opportunity to interview the other four mothers from our little High Five Moms group and it was SO fun to hear their voices. I asked them about how they maintained peace in their homes during the holiday frenzy, and I took lots of notes! It sure was nice to hear the same threads I usually adhere to also, such as staying home, focusing on relationships/togetherness, simplicity, less is more, etc.

I hope you will be blessed with our attempt to put five women (myself included!) on the same line. Grab something hot to drink and be challenged and encouraged.

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Pursuing Your Talents in the Season of Motherhood: An Interview With Elizabeth Younts

November 12, 2011
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Are you wondering how an author gets a book not only written, but published and marketed while raising small children at home? Join me to hear Elizabeth Byler Younts as she shares her heart and tips on how to make room for your own talents and interests while in the midst of motherhood.

Elizabeth wanted to reassure her listeners that she hasn't arrived (I say, "who has?"), so here is a note she wanted to attach to her interview.

"Please know that I am humbled by this opportunity to share these tips with you. I am no expert in making it all work. I often make mistakes and have to figure something new out. I have not arrived in the least...but I do hope that you are blessed by the interview and can find something that will helpful to you. God Bless."

My husband left an *extra* at the end of the podcast, so be sure to stay tuned for the treat after "the credits"!

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Courageous the Movie

October 13, 2011
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If you haven't taken the time to go see the movie Courageous, I hope you will rectify that soon. This movie is one that meets *real life*, and has the potential to call out and equip men to be the fathers that God has called them to be, regardless of past failures or fatherlessness. My husband took me to see this movie twice, and afterwards we had a chat about what we thought. This particular podcast was unscripted, so forgive us any rambling and we hope it will be useful to you.

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A Book Review for You

September 6, 2011
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I was pleased to agree to review the book Seasons, by Elizabeth Byler Younts, mainly because this was a young (and married) mother who somehow managed to run her household (moving 5 times in 7 years), birth another baby, and write an entire book! All of those reasons for reading fizzled though because the true story of her Amish grandmother's childhood through the Great Depression was enough to keep me totally engrossed. I am really pleased to offer you this interview with Elizabeth about her lovely book.

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Room For You

August 1, 2011
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Do you have room for YOU in your family? If you are serving and nurturing everybody in your family except yourself, this one's for you.

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Pastured Poultry From Your Backyard

June 17, 2011
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In this podcast my husband and I share about how we raised and butchered our own meat hens. We didn't grow up farming, we're not experts, but with help from the internet and a "just do it" attitude, we did it and are so happy with the results. Believe me, if we can do this, you can too.

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A Decision, Not a Diet

May 15, 2011
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Meet my friend Cindy who is in the process of finding who she really is as she battles (and triumphs over!) obesity. She is an inspiration and I know you will be very blessed to hear her words. I'm so thankful to the Lord that I know this woman.

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Waiting Upon the Lord’s Provision

April 26, 2011
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Are you waiting upon the Lord for provision or relief of some kind or another? Join me as we look back at some of the ways God has met my own family's needs, and let me encourage you to remember the times past He has met yours as well. Also, did you know that He IS always providing for you, always working things out for your good? Ponder some different ways of thinking about the time you may be in, and let us keep our eyes on Jesus.

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Preventing and Healing Dental Cavities

March 8, 2011
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It is very possible to heal dental cavities through the use of nutrition. In fact, decay is caused by a lack of vitamins and minerals in the diet. In this podcast, we'll challenge what *really* causes cavities, and question the current practices of treating them. Get ready to be armed to fight for the health of your family in a whole new way. Long podcast, but lots to ponder!

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Why We Keep Our Children in Church

February 10, 2011
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Parents, regardless of how equipped, ready or trained they feel, are responsible to God for the discipling of their children. And if the means by which children are being discipled are leading to bad fruit (take a good look around), then it is definitely wise and wholly appropriate to humbly go back and reconsider what, if anything, the Word of God has to say about the issue. Listen to a bit of our story of why we began to, and continue to, keep our children with us in church.

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Fast Food: How to Feed People on the Quick!

January 3, 2011
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Have you ever had meal preparation time delayed? Or last minute unexpected visitors to feed? Listen in as we delve into the challenges, discover some new ideas of how to prepare for this inevitable hurdle in the kitchen, and what sorts of snacks and meals can be easily put together with just a few raw ingredients. You don't have to send people away from your home hungry!

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Homeschoolers Partnering with Gov’t Schools: What’s the Big Deal?

November 15, 2010
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“When enough families have voluntarily returned to the government system, it will be a relatively straightforward matter to recapture the rest by imposing mandatory homeschooling oversight regulations.”

Are you a homeschooler involved with a public school program? Are you getting perks such as free curriculum, lessons, or even a check to deposit in the bank? Some are warning about the "shackles" of such programs. Are they right? Listen in as I interview DiAnna Brannan of Christian Homeschool Network, and consider her words.

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Farmed Fish: A Good Catch

October 1, 2010
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I loved Sally Fallon's word for those who claim to *know it all* about proper politically correct foods: diet dictocrats. These are the same folks that say red meat is BAD, saturated fats are BAD, eggs are BAD, bread is BAD. So it was no surprise that my assumption about fish was: wild fish=good. Farmed fish=BAD. Then I met a solid Christian gentleman who, of all things, farmed fish. And he asked me point blank, "So....what do you think of farmed fish?" Listen in on our conversation and be ready to challenge your own assumptions in the process.

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First Aid Kits: What’s in Yours?

September 20, 2010
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Confidence in reacting to the boo-boos of life is stoked by being prepared for them. I keep two first aid kits: one at home and one in the van. As usual, my focus is on natural remedies and a drugless approach to treating the everyday scrapes, bumps and tummy aches.

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Milk From (Your!) Front Yard

September 6, 2010
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Well, if you have the space....why not? In this podcast I'll share about the benefits of whole, raw milk, share an interview I did with my cow-owning friend, and tell you about my own dairy goats. As usual, my husband pipes in at the end. If you can grow lettuce, you can milk an animal.

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Keep Your Babies Home

August 20, 2010
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Isaiah 40:11 He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.

Are the reasons to send a small child off to school valid? How important is it to utilize preschool and kindergarten programs? If you're wavering between sending your child off, or keeping him or her home, this is an important listen for you.

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What’s in Your Pantry?

August 8, 2010
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What's in the pantry matters! You do have control over the food you provide and prepare for your family. Learn to create a health-promoting, wholesome kitchen, learn to cook from scratch, and learn to take control of your families bodily AND financial health. It really matters!

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Dr. Mom: Loving Health Care for Families

July 17, 2010
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Even in doing all the preventative measures talked about in Part One, moms still need to have a plan in treating illness when it occurs. It is our responsibility to watch over and encourage vibrant health in our families. Here are some thoughts in treating illness when it happens.

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Dr. Mom: Preventative Health Care for Families

July 4, 2010
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An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Keeping our families as healthy as we can is ourresponsibility. The Lord has blessed us with amazing provisions to use in supporting our body's attempts to stay healthy. (We have access to clean water in this country, for starters...) Here are some thoughts regarding how to keep your family well, using the methods I've used for at least a dozen years.

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Finding a Framework for Your Day

June 12, 2010
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"Where do you get the time?" In this podcast, I share how I organize my time so that I have the time to knit, sew, quilt, write, and do a host of other things that I enjoy doing. If you want to find the time, laying a foundation in ordering your day is key.

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Toys and Their Organization

May 28, 2010
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Toys don't need to be so hard to deal with. Here is how our family works out how to choose them and store them so that they are not only fun for the children, but lovely additions to our decor as well. My husband, Tom, pipes in on this episode to give his view on this issue as well.

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Considering Diapers

May 17, 2010
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There are lots of ways to diaper a tush. Here is one way a mother of six works it out!

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Scripture Memorizing With Children

April 30, 2010
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Psalms 119:16 I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.

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Finding Courage in DisCOURAGEment, Pt 4

April 17, 2010
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Asking for help is key to conquering discouragement.

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Finding Courage in DisCOURAGEment, Pt 3

April 2, 2010
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3 John 1:2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

Sometimes it is really hard to take every thought captive (listen to Part One) or to get working on what is needed or required (listen to Part Two). Sometimes, our discouragement grows because we just are not as healthy as we could be...so we feel like we're physically and/or mentally dragging. Let's investigate various aspects of how taking better care of ourselves might bolster our courage.

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Finding Courage in DisCOURAGEment, Pt 2

March 18, 2010
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Mothering and homemaking are hard work, so....work hard!

The loudest voices either tell us that our work at home is not of value or that if we succeed at any of it, we’re just Type A perfectionists. Put away feminist thought AND work hard to serve your family. Learning something new and accomplishing your goals are smart weapons in battling discouragement.

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Finding Courage in DisCOURAGEment, Pt 1

March 3, 2010
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Let's talk about discouragement, because it's been in far too plenty of a supply these days. Grab some tea, listen in on A Happy Home's first podcast*, and ponder changing the eyewear.

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