Safe Haven Newsletter for December

Hello Safe Haven Family and Friends,

In case you haven’t heard, I am now a Grandma!!! My daughter Anna and her husband Jose had a baby boy on Nov. 17! Little Alessio Kash Monsivais. 👶🏻  He is so cute! Of course, I would think so. 😆 I have only seen pictures and videos of him, since they live in Texas, and I’m still in Ohio.  😔

I am hoping to get there as soon as I can so I can hold him and squeeze him and tell him I’m his Lolli. I want him to call me Lolli and Gary Pop. I don’t know if that will really happen, but I think it would be so cute.

In other news, House Republicans have launched a “one-stop shop” website for all things related to the impeachment inquiry against Joe Biden.  GOP.gov/Bidenimpeachmentquery

It’s a fun place to visit if you want to see what the Bidens have really been up to.

Make sure you don’t let the news cycle distract you from real issues that we should be most concerned about.

We should be concerned about the hostages in America, the J6 prisoners, more than hostages elsewhere.

The 2024 election is coming up, and we still have the voting machines that can be hacked so that votes can be switched.

Lots of exposure is happening.

It is now common knowledge that the CIA was involved in the assassination of JFK. He had said he would “splinter the CIA into a thousand pieces and scatter it into the wind”. I don’t think they took too kindly to that. So we should be concerned about the agencies that are supposed to be protecting us. We are finding out that they have caused most of the wars in recent history. They have been involved in many nefarious deeds.

The truth is coming out about Pizzagate.

And all of the plandemic lies are being exposed – finally.

Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange, did us all a great service when he exposed the truth, but he is being punished for it.

We are seeing signs that the tide is turning. A lot of people are waking up now.

That’s why I say that we are in the home stretch.

So don’t be dismayed by the economy and the general atmosphere that feels like everything is crashing. Things are being exposed and dealt with, and everything will be changing soon. For the better! Just look around and see the signs.

~~~~Homeschool Corner ~~~~
Education is an atmosphere, a discipline, a life

This is Charlotte Mason’s 7th Principle. “Education is an atmosphere, a discipline, a life.” If you don’t know about Charlotte Mason, you ought to research her philosophy and her writings. She wrote a series called “Home Education” which you can find in many places including Amazon. Many homeschoolers get the whole series. I have read parts of it, but I must confess that her writing is difficult for me. She wrote during the 1890’s, so her language is a bit dated. But there are many modern authors who interpret her ideas and principles for the homeschoolers of today.

A very good place to start to find out about the Charlotte Mason method is the book by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay called “For the Children’s Sake”. She is the daughter of Francis Schaeffer, and she describes her search for the best form of education for her own children in this book. She also explains how we can apply the CM method in our homes. This is the book that inspired me to follow the CM approach. Karen Andreola has also written several books that are very helpful in learning about Charlotte Mason’s philosophy and how to apply it in our own homeschools.

If we think of education as an atmosphere, we will set up our homes in a way that will encourage learning. We will have learning materials and resources readily available for our children. We will keep an orderly and peaceful spirit in the house as much as possible. We will encourage questions. We will be available to our children and communicate with them often. We will include them in the daily activities of taking care of the home. Teaching them to do chores is an important part of their education. Real life activities teach them many thinking skills and problem solving skills that they will need throughout life.

For more about the other two parts of Charlotte Mason’s 7th Principle, read this post.

Have I mentioned that I’m a Homeschool Coach?

I had a coaching call today with a homeschool mom, and we talked about quite a few homeschool-related issues, but we also talked about some marriage issues. She said that I had really helped her to feel better, and she knew what to do now about some of the issues we talked about. She was happily surprised that I would be willing to even coach her on marriage during a homeschool coaching call!

To me, it all goes together. Homeschool, family, marriage, relationships, and spiritual life all affect each other. We can’t thrive if any of these areas is out of order.

So if you feel that you could benefit from a coaching session with a seasoned homeschool mom, reply to this, and I’ll get in touch with you.

You can find more information about my coaching program here.

I love to encourage and share the benefit of my experience so that you don’t have to make the same mistakes I did!

My passion is to help homeschool moms thrive in their personal lives as well as their homeschool lives.

Spiritual Encouragement

If you want a spiritual pick-me-up with a creative flair, check out Claudia Klann on Facebook and at Abundant Joy Now. This is a free mentoring group that I have really been enjoying and getting a spiritual boost from each week. She wrote a book called Joy in Living Color which we are going through together in the group. Claudia is an artist, and she gives us the chance to practice our creative gifts no matter how small we may think they are. We just use watercolor pencils or colored pencils in the book.

She also offers painting classes that have been very well-received. Her paintings and art are beautiful!

She is very welcoming and is good at building community. She gives us time to share what the Lord is doing in our lives and during our sessions. You will love it!

Our Christian Moms’ Book Club is coming to a close for this year, but we are revving up for a great Book Club season starting in January. We have a whole new batch of books for you that will help with friendship, boundaries, parenting, teenagers, relationships, and more.

Please join us on the third Wednesday of each month for this wonderful time of fellowship with other moms who are growing in the Lord, reading really good books,  and helping each other thrive in our lives.

Well, that’s all I have for now.

I pray that you have peace and joy and all of the delight of the season that we are moving into. Keep your eyes on Jesus, the Reason for the Season and the Reason for our Hope!


Penney Douglas, B. S. in Elem. Ed.
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