What Are Living Books?

Here’s a short video explaining what living books are. Living books are used in a Charlotte Mason education.

Living books are 1. written by one author in a narrative, story, conversational form; 2. Well-written, story well-told; 3 It touches your emotions, fires your imagination; 4. Contains ideas, not just dry facts.

February Newsletter


Dear Safe Haven Family,

I hope you’re all experiencing the hope and anticipation of what God is about to do.

My family is preparing for the good things that are coming. Our story is like the first verses of Psalm 40:

“I waited and waited and waited some more, patiently, knowing God would come through for me. Then, at last, He bent down and listened to my cry. He stooped down to lift me out of danger from the desolate pit I was in, out of the muddy mess I had fallen into. Now He’s lifted me up into a firm, secure place and steadied me while I walk along His ascending path.”

If you haven’t heard our story, you may wonder what I’m talking about. We’ve been waiting for a home. We’ve been believing for a miracle, a change in fortune for a long time. For 18 years we’ve been praying and believing for a settled place that is truly ours. My husband, Gary, and I wanted more from life than a powerless Christianity and the “American Dream”. So we prayed some dangerous prayers. We told God that we would only do what He told us to do. We came to the conclusion that if we didn’t fulfill what He called us to do, then what was the use of our living? I realized that if we wanted the power to do miracles and to change and impact lives, we would need to go through a baptism of fire. My book is called “Refined By Fire” for a reason! For the rest of the story, read my book here.

In the meantime, I have some good news to share with you. There are ways to reduce the effects of the vaccine. You may have heard of Ivermectin. It was demonized and suppressed during the plandemic, but it really works against covid. It’s a de-wormer, yes, so what does that tell you about the “disease”. Ivermectin also kills cancer cells. And it cures Lyme disease. Other treatments that are very effective are hydroxychloroquine, quercetin, zinc, and vitamin D. Dr. Judy Mikovits says that we can detox from the vax and protect from shedding using the same protocols for treating the virus itself. If you have a healthy immune system, your body will degrade the particles from the vaccine. She says that some things we can do are to never wear another mask, and never get another shot. She says that we should not stay away from people who took the shot but hug them and let it build our immune system. You can learn more about this from Dr. Judy here. Dirt Road Discussions on Telegram has lots of good information about Ivermectin, too. You can order it from this site.

Eggs have become controversial! And it’s about more than the age-old question about what came first – the chicken or the egg. It’s about whether eggs are healthy or deadly.

Have you noticed all of the egg farms that are burning? Why do you think this is happening? Somebody is trying to get rid of the chickens AND the eggs. They say they have to kill the chickens because of avian flu, and I’ve seen fake articles claiming that eggs cause blood clots!

But the truth is:

Chicken Egg Yolk Antibodies (IgYs) block the binding of multiple SARS-CoV-2 spike
protein variants to human ACE2.

But beware of eggs from chickens that are eating feed with the same RNA technology that is in the vaccines.

Tractor Supply chicken feed is reportedly causing egg-laying to stop. What! Can you believe it?

So make sure you get your eggs from a local farmer and find out what kind of feed they are using.

It looks like they will get us one way or another, doesn’t it?

However, things are not as bad as they appear. NWO and WEF have their plans, but God is running His own plan. And it’s a good one.

If you want to find out more about what is REALLY happening you can go to:

Amysever.com. Check out the Units on her website and her daily broadcast M-F.


and Freedomforce.live

~Homeschool Corner~

Do you feel lost when it comes to homeschooling? Do you question your decisions about curriculum? Do you know how you should schedule your days? Do you feel confident in your ability to teach your children? Do you know ways to help your children learn with less effort and better comprehension and retention?

I have helped lots of homeschoolers with getting started with homeschooling, choosing curriculum, adapting their teaching methods, and understanding what’s going on with their kids.

I can help you to relax and simplify so that you feel confident that you are teaching well and your children are learning well – without the fear and stress and striving to reproduce the classroom approach at home. Fearless Homeschooling will help you to enjoy your homeschooling days and years and keep doing it for as long as you feel it is the best thing for your family.

I put together this course with my son for new homeschool moms and for moms who feel like they have been homeschooling unsuccessfully. My son graduated from homeschooling and is now in ministry with his wife reaching out to Gen Z helping them to overcome issues that are unique to their generation. He recorded the videos with me, sharing his thoughts about homeschooling and about what he has learned from it and from his further studies in sociology, psychology, and Meta-learning (learning about learning).

This course will help you to gain confidence and lose fear in your homeschool.

One homeschool mom who took this course said:

“When I watched your videos, I either cried or breathed a huge sigh of relief. I think I literally cried! The reason was because you didn’t have the air of superiority. I felt that you were supporting and empowering the listener. I looooooved that! It can’t be overstated. 💖💖💖💖 I did find that it was a good antidote against self-doubt and anxiety. A lot of what you said was confirmation and then there was always something new I would learn too.”

The Basics of Learning and Homeschooling – Gain Confidence and Lose Fear in Your Homeschool


Angel’s conference is coming up in one month, and there are only 5 spots left. The conference is called “She’s Called Forth”. If you want to learn how to better engage the battlegrounds in your life, sign up today! You can check out all of the details about the conference here:

Please note that if you are coming with a friend, you can room together. Just let us know in the order notes when you register.

Coming alone? DO NOT WORRY!! You’ll be in the company of sisters that have been praying for you and are ready to meet you! You won’t leave as strangers. Angel is so thankful to witness how the relationships between the ladies have blossomed over this past year. It’s truly a God-thing.

I hope you will consider going if you’re anywhere close to Atlanta and need a fresh touch from God.

May you all be safe in His arms, free from all care,

Peace and Love,

Penney Douglas, B.S. in Ed.
Safe Haven Homeschooling

Changed By Love blog
Amazon author page
The Basics of Learning and Homeschooling E-course
Kingdom Homeschool Mom Facebook Page

Hoping Against Hope

Testimony of learning to hear God better, living by faith, trusting God to take care of our family of 10. We hoped against hope that God would provide for us, and He did! He did miracles for us! This is a part of our Journey of Fire. You can read more about our story in my book “Refined by Fire”.

Dear Struggling Homeschool Mom, I See You 2

How do you get it all done?

That is the question!

I think this question has been asked way more than “To be or not to be?”

Especially among homeschool moms. Don’t you agree?

Let’s look at some of the things we have to do:

  1. Educate our children,

2. Feed them,

3. Take care of babies and toddlers,

4. Clean the house,

5. Referee arguments and fights,

6. Read aloud to them,

7. Buy groceries,

8. Do laundry,

9. Take care of husband,

10. Stay friendly,

11. Pray and spend time with God,

12. Take care of ourselves,

13. And much more…

Hence, the question – How do you get it all done?

Well, the answer to that question is – you don’t. At least not all at the same time, and not perfectly every time. Unless you want to wear yourself out and make yourself age faster than you need to. Type A moms, stay with me here. We are not perfect. We are not all-powerful. We only have so many hours in a day. And some things really can wait. Not the toddler who’s about to jump off of the table. Or the teen who needs a ride to work. But other things are not urgent, not necessary, and not worth stressing or struggling over.

Even if you have a personality that is driven, and you like to see everything spotless and in its right place and done at precisely the right time, you must admit that life rarely turns out that way. Especially when you have kids. Especially when those kids are babies or toddlers.

As a mom of 10 kids who has homeschooled all the way through, I have found some tips and tricks that have helped me maneuver the MANY trials and tribulations that come with having everybody at home ALL the time.

  1. Keep things simple.
  2. Relax your expectations.
  3. Make your expectations known to your children.
  4. Enlist the help of your children.
  5. Enlist the help of your husband and other family and friends.
  6. Keep God in the center of all you do and spend time with him at the beginning of each day.


  1. First on the list is “Keep things simple”

So how do we do that? One thing that helps is to prioritize what is truly necessary to accomplish each day. Make a list of the things that would really bother you or cause distress or put someone in jeopardy if you didn’t get them done. 

These will be things like daily laundry, dishes, cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping, and HOMESCHOOLING.

Then make your schedule for getting these things done.

I have used many of the strategies that I learned from FlyLady.net.

For cleaning, I have used Flylady’s Zone strategy, which is to choose one zone to work on a day. You can assign a different zone to each child to get more done. Our chore time was part of our school day. We started the school day with chore time. Each child had an assigned chore to finish, and then we started school. We also had 10 minute “Clean-ups” sometimes, where we would all go crazy on cleaning for a 10 minute burst and get as much done as we could during that time. We would set the timer and get busy.

For cooking, use a slow cooker or an instant pot. Find simple, quick recipes.

Make a list of meals for the week and a grocery list at the same time. Try to plan and shop for a week at a time. Some people cook and freeze meals for a month at a time. That was not something I ever wanted to do, but it works great for some people.

For reading aloud to your kids, you can do that while the littles are taking a nap. You can even do it while nursing the baby. You can also do it while they’re eating a meal. It’s a great thing to do instead of letting them watch TV or play a video game. You can read to them at bedtime. Reading aloud was also a part of our school time. I chose books that went with the topic we were studying and read them aloud to the kids at the appropriate age level. Sometimes I had two books going at a time for the different age groups.

For homeschooling, make sure you are not requiring too much busywork from your kids. Think hard about what they really need to learn to become successful in life. Find curriculum that enables your kids to be independent learners so that they don’t need so much support from you. Don’t make them do every subject every day. Use loop scheduling. Realize that it’s impossible to learn and memorize EVERYTHING and totally unnecessary. Determine what is absolutely necessary for their future wellbeing and get books, resources, documentaries, classes, and materials that will teach them those things. Make school time fun so that they develop a love of learning. That will make your job a lot easier.

There are lots of other things you can do to simplify, but I hope these ideas will spark your own imagination and help you to make life easier and less stressful for yourself and your kids. 


  1. The next tip is to “Relax your expectations.”

OK, I hear you, Type A moms. You think I’m telling you to be lazy, don’t you? I’m not, I promise! I’m just asking you to be realistic in what you require from your kids, your husband and yourself. I never want to be a drill sergeant mom. I don’t think any of us do. But the temptation to start yelling and getting impatient with our family is always there when we see all that needs to be done and everyone sitting around doing nothing. Am I right?

What kind of effect does that have on our relationships with the rest of the family? Not good, right? And I think relationships matter way more than a clean house or getting projects accomplished. I’m giving you some good advice here, so listen to me. 🙂

As moms, we are the thermostat of the home. So we need to try to maintain a comfortable “temperature” for all. If we are feeling frustrated and stressed out, that’s going to affect everybody in the house. 

Something has to give. Either we have to relax our expectations of how clean and tidy the house must be, or we will continue to be frustrated and angry and no fun to be around. We have to let go of the desire to be the perfect family with perfect kids, or we will be constantly thwarted and disappointed by the reality of imperfect kids, husband and family. Even we moms are not perfect, and if we expect ourselves to meet the standard of perfection, we will be sorely disappointed and dismayed. 

Standards and expectations are under our control. Nobody else can set your standards and expectations. It’s up to you to decide what is acceptable, what is possible, and what is best for everyone in your family. You should not try to keep up with the Joneses or Better Homes and Gardens or Martha Stewart or Marie Kondo or even Flylady! You can get ideas from them, but you should tailor your plans and goals to what suits you and your family. 

Think about your minimum goals for how clean the house must be, how much the kids can help, what tasks are your responsibility to accomplish each day and what tasks are your husband’s responsibility. Have a family meeting to make your plans together. Make a list of everything that needs to be done daily, weekly, or monthly – inside the house and outside the house. 

Then figure out ways to get the homeschooling done in the most efficient but effective way. Set reasonable goals for the amount of time each child should spend on their school work each day. Have the older kids help the younger kids with their work and read to them. Don’t expect your kids to work the same amount of time that kids in public schools have to. And please don’t expect them to do every page of every book in your curriculum. Once they have mastered a concept, let them move on to the next concept instead of repeating and repeating something they have already learned. 




These are just the first two tips, and, as you see, I have four more to offer. Where can you find the rest of these tips and more? You will be able to get them in the book I am writing called, “Dear Struggling Homeschool Mom, I See You”. I am close to finishing the book, so be on the lookout for my announcement of when it will be available on Amazon.

Other chapters in the book are called:

  • How Do I Spend Time with God When My Kids Need 100% of My Time?
  • How Do I Get My Kids to Listen?
  • How Can I Get My Kids to Get Along?
  • Will My Family Ever Support My Decision to Homeschool?
  • What About “Me Time”?
  • Should We Have a Date Night?
  • How Can I Get the Rest I Need?
  • How Can I Homeschool on a Tight Budget?
  • How Do I Lead My Kids to the Lord?
  • For Those Whose Lambs Have Gone Astray

My first post about this new book is here on my blog. It’s actually the entire first chapter of my book. You might want to read it, too, to receive some encouragement for your homeschool life.