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

    Katy, TX – MKT Railroad Park Caboose and Depot, 2017

    Hi, I’m Penney Douglas. I have been married to my precious husband for 30 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 (married at 25 and first child at 27), 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 21 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 13 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.

    Great Christmas Gift Idea – Books of Course!

    Click on this link and enlarge it so you can see all of the titles they have at YWAM Publishing. It looks like everything is on sale! They have books and audiobooks about heroes in missions and heroes in history. They encourage kids to hold up great, godly people as heroes.

    I highly recommend these books. They are very well-written and inspiring.

    These would be great Christmas presents!

    http://www.ywampublishing.com/default.aspx?affiliateid=11633

    Homeschool Ideas for Thanksgiving

    Wow, I was just looking at Pinterest for Thanksgiving ideas. Overload! I have some favorite activities that I would like to share with you, and maybe you’ll find one or two things that interest you. I always go for simple. So, if you’re like me, these easy, inexpensive ideas will be doable and not overwhelming.

    The first thing I recommend is a book to read aloud, of course.

    A book about William Bradford, the first governor of The Plymouth Settlement. Here is a blurb from the website:

    “The New World beckoned as a land of freedom and possibility. Yet wild waters, icy winters, Indian attacks, starvation, and treason threatened the European settlers’ very existence. Through William’s vision and steadfast leadership, the people of Plymouth Colony would endure, their future descendants forming the cornerstone of a great nation (1590-1657).”

    This is a great way to remember the Pilgrims and the struggles they went through to settle this nation as a bastion of freedom for all.

    https://ywampublishing.com/p-1886-heroes-of-historybrwilliam-bradford-plymouths-rock.aspx?affiliateid=1163

     

     

    A very short video about Bradford designating a day for Thanksgiving.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=39&v=K02JB1NlYhU&feature=emb_logo

    If your kids like Charlie Brown, they might like this video. It’s actually a demonstration of an app, but I think it’s pretty entertaining.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNw8f02wuTo

    This is a good telling of the story of the Mayflower featuring Peanuts characters. It’s part of a series called “This is America, Charlie Brown”.

    This is a varied playlist of Family Thanksgiving Movies. There’s an old black and white movie about children being thankful even though they couldn’t afford a turkey that year. It’s a good reminder of some of the things we have to be thankful for. It’s very old, but we can learn from it how things were a generation ago. And the lesson about being thankful in spite of temporary circumstances is always in order.

    And there are several cartoons, including Berenstain Bears, Care Bears, Mickey Mouse, Martha Speaks, Maya and Miguel, Sesame Street, and a TV movie from 1986, among others. Tell me the ones you watched and liked!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruQozkxioKg&list=PLFNwak5xB-x_eZunYhtu-B13MeLOxOT2u&index=9
    There are several good picture books about Thanksgiving.

    A really good book about Squanto is “Squanto’s Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving”.

    Squanto’s Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving

    Another good book about Squanto, who played a vital role in the survival of the Pilgrims, is “Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving”.

    https://amzn.to/2qRTJ0s

    Here’s a book to read for fun:

    “‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving”

    ‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving (Scholastic Bookshelf)

    A very funny story about a turkey named Thelonius is “Thelonius Turkey Lives”.
    https://amzn.to/32MIGD7

    Another fun book to read is A Cranberry Thanksgiving by Wende and Harry Devlin. It is a very popular book. Here’s a summary of the story:

    “Every year Grandmother invited a guest for Thanksgiving dinner and allowed Maggie to do the same. “Ask someone poor or lonely,” she always said. Thanksgiving was Grandmother’s favorite day of the year. The cooking was done and her famous cranberry bread was cooling on a wooden board. But she wasn’t happy to find out Maggie had invited the unsavory Mr. Whiskers to dinner. Would her secret cranberry bread recipe be safe with him in the house? After a long absence this delightful 1971 classic is back. So is Grandmother’s secret recipe!” The recipe is included at the end of the book.

    https://amzn.to/375ZhF7

    There are some good lapbooks available, too. I really like using lapbooks to study topics we’re interested in.

    Here is a good list of some good ones.

    https://www.yearroundhomeschooling.com/thanksgiving-lapbooks-go-learning/

    I wrote a post with a few more suggestions here:

    https://www.penneydouglas.com/2014/11/20/fun-and-educational-thanksgiving-books-plus-bonus-printable-and-videos/

    These are our favorite cookies to make for Thanksgiving. We make cookies that look like turkeys. We use Fudge Stripe cookies, candy corn and bonbons. And put them together like this:

    I hope these ideas help you to find some fun and educational things to do to celebrate Thanksgiving this year.

    Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy the holidays with your family!

    History Through Great Books for a High School Boy

    History for a High School Boy

     

    “Gathering the Storm” by Joel Clarkson

     

    I was asked for a list of good books to read to make studying History much more enjoyable and thorough than a textbook, so I put together this list of books that we have loved and learned the most from.

    For American History

    Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes

    https://amzn.to/2POUqlR

    Amos Fortune Free Man by Elizabeth Yates

    Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt

    The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane

    https://amzn.to/2r7a01N

    The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

    The Boys’ War by Jim Murphy

    World War 1

    The Singing Tree by Kate Seredy

    https://amzn.to/2N4Z39k

    Hero Over Here by Kathleen V. Kudlinski

    World War 2

    Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

    https://amzn.to/2WwgkeS

    Year of Impossible Goodbyes by Sook Nyul Choi

    The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

    Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan

    Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorensen

    I also recommend books by G. A. Henty. They are fantastic!

    Books about seafaring adventures that the whole family will love:

    Books by R. M. Ballantyne are full of adventure, pirates, sailors, storms, intrigue, and being stranded on islands. Rollicking adventures, I guess you could say! The Coral Island is one of his best-known stories. But he wrote over 90 books, so there are many to choose from!

    Carry on, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham. I have heard so many people say that they really enjoyed this story. And we did, too!

    Horatio Hornblower by C. S. Forester. This is a whole series about a young man who starts out as a seasick midshipman and works his way up to Admiral of the Fleet during the time of the Napoleonic Wars.

    These are some of my favorite books to cover American History and some World History. I hope you can find something from this list that will inspire and inform you and your young men.

    Happy History Reading!

    Safe Haven News – Our Homeschool and Life News

    Safe Haven News for November

    Last month was eventful for our family. We have had some things to clean up. We have found some cracks in our relationships, so we decided to start working on fixing them up.

    Have you ever discovered thought patterns, feelings, or beliefs that are negative or damaging inside yourself? Have you noticed these kinds of things in your children? How should we deal with these kinds of things?

    One thing that has helped me identify toxic thinking is teaching by Dr. Caroline Leaf. She has written several books that address changing our thinking so that our actual brains are healthier. Some of her books are “Switch on Your Brain”, “The Perfect You”, “Think and Eat Yourself Smart”, and “Think, Learn, Succeed”.

    Another helpful source has been the book “Keep Your Love On” by Danny Silk. This book made a huge impact on me. I think it actually saved my marriage. I can’t recommend this book highly enough. I buy extra copies of this book to give away.

    You can get your own copy here:

    https://amzn.to/36fiGmO

    On another subject, I have been observing some disturbing trends in the discussion of women’s roles. I saw what John Macarthur said about women teachers like Beth Moore. He told them to go home. I agree that women should be home with their children nurturing them. If they don’t, then who is going to? And who did God really give that role to? If we go all the way back to the pattern that God set for families and the reason He put us in families, we see that God made the man, then made the woman, and he gave them the ability to reproduce. He gave women the anatomy to carry and feed the child, and the general disposition to nurture young children.

    So I agree that women should be the primary caregivers for children in most cases. But I disagree with him about his contention that women should not teach or be in ministry. I believe that God has gifted women with teaching and organizational and other talents that He intended them to use in the church. The verses he uses are culturally-based directions to the people of that time and not stated as a commandment.

    I read what some women said in rebuttal. They said that women should be in the workforce just like men. They are saying that they should not have to stay at home with their children.

    Men and women are equal, but they are not the same. We have different roles based on our strengths and gifts.

    Nancy Campbell of Above Rubies enthusiastically endorses women staying at home with their children. She sees it as a mandate. God’s order and plan is for men and women to marry and have children, and then for the women to raise the children at home. It’s even better if the husband can work from home and be there to help teach and train the children, too.

    I realize that this scenario seems almost impossible in the modern world, but I know that there are many people who are so determined to raise their own children that they make it work. They find a way to make a living from a business they can run from home. And God multiplies your finances and resources when you are trusting Him to provide.

    It didn’t used to seem so impossible in generations before ours. Life seems to be very expensive now, and living frugally is more difficult now because of the demands of our modern world. So some couples feel like they both have to work to make ends meet.

    But, however we feel on the subject of women staying home to raise their children, the other subject that MacArthur brought up about prohibiting women from being preachers, I don’t think we can let that pass.

    Here’s what I read on the website Pulpit and Pen:

    “Beth Moore is a feminist who is in grave rebellion against God. She travels the country preaching to mixed audiences when the Scriptures are clear, women can’t preach.”

    But I don’t think the scriptures say that women can’t preach. The women who were addressed in 1 Cor. 14:34 and 1 Tim. 2:11,12 were not women in authority but women in the congregation who were unruly and noisy during services. The many women that we read of throughout the scriptures who obviously filled positions of authority in the early church were not the ones being addressed by Paul in these letters.

    I found this article very helpful: https://bibleresources.org/women-in-ministry/

    I think it’s important that we all think through and study these issues so that we can develop a clear understanding of the real intent of these scriptures telling women to stay silent in church.

    I think we need to think deeply about the roles of men and women.

    We need to take an honest look at how children are being affected by the current trends in child care. And we need to realize that the Bible says that there is no male or female. We are all one in Christ.

    Each of us must decide what we believe, and we have to ask the Lord how He wants us to raise our children. But we also need to interpret the Bible correctly and conduct our family affairs in a way that is biblical and pleasing to God. Even when we are going against the tide of popular trends, we need to ask the Lord for His leading and obey Him and trust Him to take care of us and our families.

    By the way, guess who is scheduled to preach at our church one Sunday next month?

    Little ole me! And I’m pretty sure I’m not in rebellion against God!

    Pray for me. I have no idea what I’m going to say.

    But I’ll study and pray, and I’m sure the Spirit will give me something good to give to the people that day. I don’t think the Spirit minds that I’m a woman.

    Thanks for reading our news! I pray that your homeschool journey is full of love, adventure, and learning all that your family will need to fulfill the call and purposes that God has for you.

    Remember to enjoy the journey! 

    Penney Douglas at Safe Haven Homeschooling