Welcome to This Journey of Love

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  • Welcome to my world!

    I hope you’ll stay.

    Since Father’s love changed me

    I have something to say.

  • The One who loves me,

    See, He also loves you

    The things He’s done for me

    He will do for you, too.

  • So come with me

    As I follow the Lamb

    Wherever He goes.

    My life’s in His hand.

  • I trust Him and follow Him

    No matter the cost.

    Without His great love for me

    I would be lost.

  • The words that you find here

    I hope will breathe life.

    In each day and moment

    You’ll find His delight.

  • For surely His love for you

    Is greater than you know.

    Come with me now

    To His presence we’ll go.

    P.M.D.

  • Changed By Love and Still Changing

    York, Pennsylvania 2011

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    Katy, Texas 2012

    Mary Jo Peckham Park

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    Katy, TX 2013 Mary Jo Peckham Park

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    Katy, TX Honey Farm, 2014

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    Katy, TX Honey Farm, 2015

    Hi, I’m Penney Douglas. I have been married to my precious husband for 28 years. We have been exceedingly and abundantly blessed with 10 children. They all belong to me and my husband. And to think that I was afraid I would never get married! I got a late start, but I guess late bloomers can blossom profusely once they get started.

    I blog for several reasons. I like to keep a record of what we’re doing in our homeschooling and share ideas for other homeschoolers or moms who like to work and play with their kids. I try to encourage families to keep Christ first in their homes so they can be all that they were made to be. I want to help others to draw closer to God. I hope to glorify God and give Him praise for all that He does for us.

    I am constantly learning, changing and growing. Sometimes I feel like a beginner even though I’ve been a Christian since I was 4 years old and I’ve been homeschooling for about 19 years. And I’ve been living for __ years (long enough!).

    But the Lord has been faithful to keep me and my family on an upward climb drawing nearer to Him in spite of our weaknesses and mistakes.

    He has led us on a crooked path across the United States and back and then some. (From Ohio to Kansas City to Arizona to Colorado, back to Kansas City to Illinois to Pennsylvania and now to Texas!) We are still looking for that place to call home. We hope to find it before the oldest chicks are ready to fly from the nest! But our desire is that they land somewhere near us even when that time comes.

    We are believing God for miracles of provision. We have already seen many. We suffered the loss of our home almost 10 years ago. Now we live in a different state, and my husband is making more money than ever before. But the money is beside the point. What God did in each of our hearts, convincing us of His reality and His love for us, is worth more than all of the houses or money in the world. But now He has enabled us to help others in need, and we are grateful for the opportunity to bless others.

    Our children are truly gifts from God. They learn from us and teach us so much. I would never have known even a fraction of how much God loves me if I had never had the opportunity to be a mother to my precious children. They are teaching me even more as they grow in wisdom and understanding and we share together what the Lord is teaching us.

    Family was God’s idea. Marriage was His idea. God has good ideas. His ideas work.

    He wants our families to be training grounds for children (and adults) to learn His ways and right ways of relating to God and to people. We learn how to die to ourselves when others are dependent on us, and when we have to learn to get along with the people around us in order to experience peace and harmony. The rough edges are rubbed off as we care enough to be honest with each other and humble ourselves to receive correction even from those younger than ourselves.

    God created us because He wanted a family. That’s more than a trite saying. He created us in His image so that He could have sons and daughters that would look like Him, act like Him and love Him. He wanted to be a father.

    He created you so He could love you. Receive His love for you. Let Him be your Daddy.

    An Open Letter to the New Generation of Homeschoolers

    The second post on this page tells more about me and why I write this blog. If you’re a homeschooler, please read this post and do whatever you can to preserve our homeschool freedom in this nation.

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    I would like to challenge new homeschoolers to carry the torch of homeschooling without government interference. Please learn the history of homeschooling in the United States. Find out about what happens in other countries when people desire to teach their children at home so that they can impart their values to their children.
    See this story, for example. In most countries, they are persecuted and their children are taken away from them or forcibly taken to public school.

    We have the freedom to homeschool in every state in the United States – now. But it didn’t used to be that way. Chris Klicka and the wonderful people at HSLDA helped the early homeschool pioneers to fight to make it legal. Before that, people in the U.S. who felt that God was calling them to teach their children at home were treated just like those people in other countries are treated now. They were persecuted by truant officers. They were even thrown in jail. They had their children taken away from them. They had Children’s Services called on them. They had to hide in their homes and never go out during school hours, or they would get “caught” homeschooling. This was in the 1980’s and ’90’s. It wasn’t that long ago.

    There are books that tell some of these stories of the hard-fought battle to make homeschooling legal in America. One of these is Homeschool Heroes by Chris Klicka. There are interviews with early pioneers that tell of the harrowing experiences of being taken to court and threatened with jail time if they continued to educate their children at home. One that I know of is at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/watchtalk/2009/09/01/cultivating-your-childs-potential. This is an interview that Diana Waring did with Zan Tyler, who began homeschooling long before it was cool or accepted. The Lord led her into homeschooling and led her through the fire of legal battles and real threats to her freedom. Her stories are amazing and hard for us to believe in the atmosphere we live in now with the acceptance of homeschooling that we enjoy.

    But there are threats to our freedom to homeschool in the way that we feel led of the Lord. Many times there has been legislation brought up to try to regulate homeschooling. This has happened in state governments and even in the federal government. The homeschoolers of my generation knew that we were the beneficiaries of great sacrifice and work by the generation before us. Our local support groups and state organizations made sure that we knew that homeschooling is a privilege to be cherished. They told us to guard that freedom and not to be fooled by any attempts of the establishment to infringe upon our rights or to curtail them in any way.

    There have been several attempts to force homeschool parents to get a teaching certificate. Education falls under the auspices of state government, so the rules vary from state to state. Each of us needs to watch our state governments and see what legislation they are considering regarding our right to homeschool freely without any government interference. Each homeschool family should join HSLDA and keep track of legislation and threats to our freedom and cases where freedom is already being challenged by public schools and legislators. We all need to stand together.

    Please be vigilant about this precious right that we have and don’t hand anything to your local school district that is not required by the law of your state. Be careful and cherish homeschooling as the gift of God that it is.

    I linked this post at the BIG Family Friday Link Up at Holy Spirit-Led Homeschooling

    Marriage: The Transcendent Relationship

    Gary and I did our first scope together! We talked about an extremely important topic – Marriage!

    He was home for Memorial Day. If you haven’t been following me on Facebook, you may not know that Gary finally got a job after 9 months of unemployment, but it’s in Wisconsin! And we live in Texas. Originally we planned to move up there to join him, but as he checked things out there, we came to realize that it is probably not feasible or for the best for our family to move there. So we are praying that God will bring him a job that is closer to home or cause things to work in a way that we can all move to where his job is.

    We talk about that and lots of other things about how God has provided for us and preserved us through a lot of those things that were covered in our marriage vows – and in our covenant with God.

    He has helped us to stick together no matter what!

    Come and listen as we talk about what makes marriage the Transcendent Relationship!

    https://www.periscope.tv/penneymaried/1YpKkndwqaXxj

    Great Homeschool Group on Periscope and Facebook

    If you are a homeschool mom who needs some fellowship and comradery with other moms who homeschool and love to share their ideas and tips, feelings and struggles, triumphs and victories, and just pray for and bless each other, you might want to check out www.homeschoolscopes.tv.

    We do broadcasts on www.Periscope.tv so we can talk to each other live or watch each other’s replays. And we communicate with each other on Facebook, too, through a Facebook page and through Facebook Live. It is a fun group and a very supportive, kind group of women. If you want to join the group go to www.Homeschoolscopes.tv which will take you to the Facebook page and send a request to join.

    Each weekday afternoon at 4:45 Eastern time, we all come together on Periscope for about 15 minutes to half an hour of chatting and supporting each other. We call it Homeschool Happy Hour. We do shout-outs of scopes that some of us have done during that day. We share what is going on in our lives or give some tips or some kind of encouragement or even ask for advice! It is a great group. If you are looking for some homeschool support and some good, kind homeschooling friends, this might just be the group for you!

    This link is to the first Homeschool Happy Hour I ever hosted.

    https://www.periscope.tv/penneymaried/1mrxmgAOkdvGy?

    Come and join us!

    Chrysalis Now!

    The caterpillar was halfway through the chryalis-making process before I saw what was happening. But I started filming it as soon as I could. So we see it still shedding the old skin and doing the wiggle jiggle dance. And I explain the process that the caterpillar goes through in changing into a Monarch butterfly. Fun for kids to watch!

    https://www.periscope.tv/penneymaried/1BRKjWRnRgBGw?

    Very Hungry Caterpillar Emergency

    We have lots of Very Hungry Caterpillars! The caterpillars are tangled together because of the lack of leaves. What will I do? I will send my sons after another Tropical Milkweed Plant. Help is on the way!

    We have 13 caterpillars all together. So we will have many Monarch butterflies in a week or so! The cycle begins again! But I must feed them all they need so they can continue the process. I will keep you posted when the first one actually makes a chrysalis.

    https://www.periscope.tv/penneymaried/1BdGYvNnabLJX?

    Caterpillar Wars!

    My caterpillars are running out of food! They are all fighting for the few leaves that are left on the plant. One caterpillar is in a “J” and another one is eating the leaf right out from under him. Should I interfere and move the hungry caterpillar that is threatening the “J”?

    14 caterpillars and one bedraggled plant with only about 6 leaves. What can I do to save them from starvation? Find out in the next videos.

    https://www.periscope.tv/penneymaried/1OyJABvYayaxb?