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Gary, Shawn, and I testified about God’s faithfulness during our Journey of Fire.

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Posted by Penney Hawkey Douglas on Friday, September 7, 2018


My phone died and we started again and continued the story.

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Posted by Penney Hawkey Douglas on Friday, September 7, 2018


The Woman Who Loved to Sing

She told me she used to sit on the swing and sing about Jesus when she was 4 years old.

I can just see her swinging and singing about Jesus at the top of her little lungs. Later, sitting on the porch swing watching a thunderstorm, singing about Jesus at the top of her full-grown woman lungs. These were some of her favorite things.

She sure did love to sing.

If we drove anywhere with her we sang. We sang in the car. We sang on the church bus. We sang on every trip. She always started a song, and we would sing along.

She sang in church. And she wasn’t shy about it.

I don’t think she was shy about anything.

One thing’s for sure, she was bold. Not much scared her. You might say she had a lot of nerve.

People always knew what she was thinking. She made sure of it. She had strong opinions, and she wasn’t afraid to voice them.

Nobody wanted to cross her. Not even her kids. Her disapproval was palpable. You could feel it. I tried really hard to stay in agreement with her. It wasn’t worth it to express disagreement.

But she was the first to volunteer if somebody needed help with something. She loved to be in the middle of a project with lots of people working together. Better yet, she liked to be in charge of said project. She knew how to get a thing done.

If someone needed a ride somewhere, she would take them. If someone needed prayer, she prayed for them.

She prayed for you like she was praying for herself. She loved to pray. She was known as a prayer warrior.

She prayed as boldly as she sang and spoke and led.

Even when times were the hardest she sat on the swing and sang to Jesus. And she prayed. If she knew you, she prayed for you. If you were related to her, she prayed for you even harder. Boldness also marked the way she prayed. When she prayed, you knew God was listening.

That woman was my mother.

And now she’s singing and praying from the best vantage point. She’s singing with the angels. And I bet she’s loving it.

Mom, I can’t wait to come and sing harmony with you. You taught me to sing. You taught a lot of us how to harmonize.

I bet you will teach me to sing some heavenly harmonies when I get there.

Until then, I will do my best to carry on your legacy.

And teach your grandchildren and great grandchildren about Jesus. And how to sing.


Relaxed Homeschooling – How Can You Tell if They’re Really Learning?

If you think that you may be too structured in your homeschool, if you are worn out and your kids hate homeschool, if you’re tempted to put your kids on the big yellow school bus, you may need to relax your homeschooling approach.

I use relaxed homeschooling. I have found that it works so much better for me. It is sustainable and enjoyable. I don’t fight the kids to do their work every day. I don’t use artificial means to try to get them to learn skills that they will need in the future.

We take advantage of teachable moments. We learn from real life situations that come up. We learn because of needs that we have. We learn what we really want to know about.

Watch these 2 videos about how you can tell if they’re really learning when you use a relaxed homeschooling approach.

Relaxed Homeschooling – How Can You Tell if They're Really Learning?

Posted by Changed By Love on Friday, August 10, 2018

Part 2 of Relaxed Homeschooling – How do you Know that they are Learning?

Posted by Changed By Love on Friday, August 10, 2018

Check out this Not Back to School Homeschool Blog Party by Bethany Ishee at Homeschool Mindset.

Resources mentioned in the videos:

Rhea Perry – Educating For Success –

Homeschool Mindset with Bethany Ishee –

Spontaneous, Serendipitous, Sporadic Homeschooling

It’s good to plan your days and your homeschooling days and maybe even year. But a lot of learning happens accidentally. Or unexpectedly. Or differently from the way you planned it.

A lot of it will happen in a spontaneous, serendipitous, sporadic way. And that’s the best way. The learning sticks better when it’s real. It automatically applies to their interests and what catches their attention, so it goes deeper and makes a bigger impression. So don’t think you have to be all organized, planned, structured, and have it all together to do homeschool right. Your style may be more like mine. And it works! But make sure your kids do okay that way, too. Adapt to your kids. If they need more structure because of a learning preference, then you may need to go against your own preferences and do what your kids need.

But sometimes life takes our choices and options away. Then you have to adjust the best that you can. And God will help you to do it in the way that works best for your family.

Watch this video about this subject here:

Spontaneous, Serendipitous, Sporadic homeschooling. Yep! That's my style.

Posted by Changed By Love on Thursday, August 2, 2018