Dec 31, 2015

Happy New Year To You And A Prayer For The Days Ahead

We've come to the end of another year!  For many 2015 has been hard; filled with pain, terrible health, difficult relationships or financial hardships.  

You may be glad when the clock strikes midnight and a new year is ushered in or you may not even care.

But I have hope for the future and I couldn't let this day pass without sharing that hope and telling you how thankful I am to you for visiting my blog and sharing it with friends and family! 

My prayer for you is to have peace and healing for the new year ahead.

I pray that each of you will look forward to this new year with a renewed hope and a purpose to pursue better health and healthy relationships.  

I pray that you would pursue the Lord and make a relationship with Him a priority.

Happy New Year!

May the Lord bless you and keep you
May He make His face shine on you and be gracious to you;
May the Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace.
(Numbers 6:24)

Dec 23, 2015

Holidays, Homeschooling & Ho Hum Health

Can you believe Christmas is here? Are you peaceful and enjoying the season or are you frazzled and stressed?

This time of year can be beautiful and exciting but it also can be busy, stressful, sad, and even frustrating.  If we're not careful we might make commitments and plans that will not only take our focus off the true meaning of the season but will also cause us to have a setback in our health.

How do we balance our health demands with the demands of the holidays?

Dec 15, 2015

My Favorite Online Homeschooling Encouragement

In my last post I shared how I came to use online homeschooling resources and found the encouragement and support that I needed.  If you missed it you can pop over here and read it (Finding Homeschool Help Don't Go-it-Alone.

It became a necessity for me to find help online because I was very ill with Lyme disease and I was struggling to keep up.  Honestly, I was ready to throw in the towel.

Instead, I found a few amazing homeschooling websites that changed everything for me, giving me the encouragement and direction to keep going.  I needed it even more when my kids became severely ill with chronic Lyme disease.

Dec 13, 2015

Finding Homeschool Help ~ Don't Go It Alone

Recently I was having a discussion with a friend who also homeschools her children.  She said homeschooling was really hard for her because she felt all alone and she felt she was groping in the dark, hoping that she was doing a good job.  She only wanted what was best for her children.

I asked her if she was part of a support group or if she uses any of the resources online and she said no.

I began to share with her some of the connections and resources I've used online and she was actually surprised.  She had no idea there was help online for homeschoolers.

This of course got me to thinking, I wonder how many other homeschool moms are groping in the dark, trying to figure out how to homeschool all alone.

Dec 3, 2015

Touching Ticks & Training A Puppy

Recently my family and I moved about 40 minutes North East from our home of almost 20 years.  We needed more space and we found a beautiful home with a lot more yard then we've ever had.

In the past when we went house hunting I was usually turned off by the amount of surrounding woods and declined most of the houses we looked at but for some reason with this house, we just knew it was to be our home.  No wooded areas but the house is surrounded by farm land.

I didn't feel threatened or anxious about the surrounding area and I even let my son make a fort in the back of the lot where there are a row of trees along with my newly inherited composting bin.

To top it off the previous owner had fed birds and squirrels right on the deck for years.

With all of my Lyme knowledge I knew this was a big no-no but up until last week I fed them too and enjoyed the gorgeous birds approaching to feed every morning! 

The problem is, these animals drop ticks and fleas presenting a high risk for exposure and infection right outside the door.