Grammy Camp

15697960_10102379718092771_8568841104205946052_nEven when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, my God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your mighty acts to all who are to come. Psalm 71:18 NIV

My heart swells when I look into the eyes of my grandchildren and see who God created them to be. It’s not that I can see into the future, but their undeniable, unique, God-given personalities spill out of every one of my six grandchildren. What a joy to watch their quirks, their talents, their individuality blossom with each new growth spurt–both physical and emotional. Continue reading

We Will Tell the Next Generation

IMG_2379 (1)smallI am blessed to be a children’s author. There are many talents I do not have, but God has given me the gift of writing, and so I am doing my best to use it for His purpose. What I love about writing for the Christian children’s market is that I am able to share the love of Jesus and the message of salvation with the next generation. Today’s children are our future. If we can help them build a foundation of faith, then there is hope for the years ahead. Continue reading

Perfect Performance

PerfectionismA few years ago, a popular television program called Monk featured a lead character consumed with perfectionism. He couldn’t prevent the murder of his wife, so he spent the rest of his life trying to control everything else.

For a while, my nickname became “Mrs. Monk.” I admit it: I can be a control freak. I’m happiest when things are done my way, on my time-table, and to my standards. (Cue lots of sympathy for my long-suffering husband!)

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Another Great Resource

Homeschooling Resources

Homeschooling Resources

Homeschool Conventions

Soon your child will be back in school. Even if your child attends school, there will likely still be times when you find yourself essentially having to fill the role of a homeschooling parent, whether your child needs some extra help in math and science or whether they simply need supplemental teaching at home in subjects that aren’t properly covered in school. Whatever the case may be, it’s good to be aware of all the resources that are available to you as a parent if you decide that you need to teach or tutor your child at home.

First and foremost, homeschool associations are wonderful organizations to join if you’re looking for resources to help you teach your child at home. The Home School Legal Defense Association website (https://www.hslda.org/orgs/) is a very useful source if you need help finding a homeschooling organization near you.

Homeschool conventions are another excellent resource—not only for great educational material but also for toys, camps, sports organizations, and so much more! In Florida this year, fifteen thousand people attended the Florida Parent Educators’ Association (FPEA). Several hundred vendors offered their products for sale at the convention. Some of the vendors included the following:

World of Life Bible Institute

Princess Parables

Nest Family Entertainment

Doctor Drew’s Toys, Inc.

Car-Smart Kids

Anna’s Friends

…and of course, GLM Publishing!

In addition to providing a venue for purchasing homeschooling curricula and products, homeschooling conventions schedule a wide variety of speakers who can provide a treasure trove of useful information to you. This year at the FPEA, the two keynote speakers were the following:

  • David Barton, from America’s Forgotten History and Heroes, which emphasizes our moral, religious, and constitutional heritage.
  • Sarah Mackenzie, the creator of the “Read-Aloud Revival Podcast,” which has been downloaded over 1.5 million times.

Finally, homeschooling conventions offer workshops and children’s programs too!

In short, homeschooling organizations and conventions can help parents become the very best they can be in all areas of teaching. They offer support, guidance, and information to parents that can be accessed very easily. If you ever find yourself in the position of having to teach your child at home, don’t hesitate to make use of these important resources. You will certainly not regret it.

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How To Organize A Successful Mission Trip For Your Church Group

Guest post by Catherine Workman

Mission tripPutting together a mission trip is a great way to allow your church group to learn about other cultures and offer help to those who are less fortunate, but it can be overwhelming at the same time as there is a lot to think about. Planning a trip for a large number of people involves quite a few details.

Your planning should start with a well-organized list of things that need to be done before you leave, as well as Continue reading