I’d like to homeschool, but I have questions…

Hi Jennifer,

I just love seeing pictures and reading updates on your family. I really look up to women like you who have big families. We have four right now and that is considered big here. My oldest two, both boys, attend school in grades 4 and 2. My 3 year old son is going three days a week to a Montessori preschool and I have the baby at home. After my oldest son’s first year of school I looked into homeschooling. I knew it was something I needed to consider. He did well in school but there were just so many conflicting ideas that we didn’t necessarily agree with. We never did decide to homeschool, however, it is always on my mind and heart. I guess what I’m asking is what kind of structure do you have to your days? At this time I’m all over the place with my home keeping and I fear that would be the case if we chose to teach the children from home.

A Mom in Canada


Hi,

Thank you for your kind words. I love seeing your sweet little ones on Facebook and seeing how your family is doing, as well.

This is a great question and a big one. Here are some thoughts on keeping a balance between keeping up with the housework and teaching school. Continue reading “I’d like to homeschool, but I have questions…”

Inspiration for the Everyday

Several years ago, I began to compile a commonplace book. I called it “Inspiration for the Everyday.” In it, I have been writing down quotations, bits and pieces of various lengths from various sources; words that I have heard or read. If it seems that I might want to come back to those words at a future time, I try to write them down in my commonplace book.

I have found myself coming back to them many times over, and it occurred to me that maybe you’d be blessed and encouraged by some of these thoughts, from time to time, as well. Continue reading “Inspiration for the Everyday”

Photo Post: Family Outing to Fugate Woods

Being in a new area of the country means finding new places to explore! We all piled in the van recently to venture out to Fugate Woods. So often in life, simple things bring the most joy.

The photographers happily photographed whatever struck their fancy, the little ones happily ran and climbed, Micah happily hummed a tune, Steve patiently (and happily) pushed the stroller the whole way, and we all hungrily devoured a watermelon at a clearing while the boys tossed a football. The happiness was marred only by a gnat getting in Olivia’s eye and a frog getting in my shoe. Continue reading “Photo Post: Family Outing to Fugate Woods”

Guest Post: Food, Clothes, and Contentment

Today we have another guest post here on Treasuring Home!

Author: Anna Hall

{My comments are in italics. Everything else is from her.}

About Anna: Married to my brother-in-law Tim, who is a pastor. She is the mother of five girls: Emilee (9), Kara (7), Lydia and Alayna (5-twins) and Evalyn (8 months). During the years that I have known Anna, she has always been a sweet encourager who shows genuine love and concern for others. I asked Anna to tell us a little bit about herself.  She replied, “I enjoy reading, playing the piano and singing, and playing volleyball. I also love Mexican  food, chocolate, and having coffee with friends. Most of all I love sharing Jesus with my children and others.”

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Anna with Evalyn

Playdough under the table, overwhelming piles of laundry, crying babies, dirty dishes, and toys…toys everywhere—does this sound familiar to anyone?  A few years ago when our girls were smaller, life was a little out of my control. I could NOT keep up! Our twins could still be contained in exersaucers, but our second daughter (also still in diapers) was “exploring” everything. Our oldest was learning and trying to be a helper, but a preschooler can only lend a hand so much. Continue reading “Guest Post: Food, Clothes, and Contentment”

The Joshua Harris heartbreak– thoughts for parents

How my heart sank as I read about Josh Harris’ recent statements and choices.

A familiar name from about two decades ago; the famous author of “I Kissed Dating Goodbye.” I will state up front that I haven’t read that book or any of Josh Harris’ books, but I have certainly heard of them and been aware of them since my high school days. He burst onto the homeschool scene with first a magazine and then this book, followed by others. He didn’t just reach the homeschool-convention type of market, either. Parents from all kinds of Christian circles bought this book for their young people. Young ladies and young men read it. The message was absorbed and the method was apparently adopted by thousands of families.

So, here we are, two decades later. And the heartbreak we now hear of is that Joshua Harris’ own marriage has not lasted. Not only that, by his own admission, his faith in Christ has not lasted. Continue reading “The Joshua Harris heartbreak– thoughts for parents”

A hidden gem on Amazon Prime video

In the craziness of the past few months, I will readily admit that my children have had too much screen time. Nixxing the flix has (sadly) not been happening. We have been in survival mode. However, through this period of insanity, we have found a little treasure on Amazon Prime video. I wanted to share it with you! Continue reading “A hidden gem on Amazon Prime video”

A little explanation about where I’ve been

As the title suggests, I haven’t been around much in the blogging world lately. A measly two posts this year so far, and both of them back in January. Close to six months of silence– yikes! IMG_6591 Several months ago, life became such that actual blogging was just not happening.

It turns out that my January 2nd post was more on-target than I imagined at the time. Sometimes God does things in our lives that we never expected or even dreamed of. Perhaps you know what it’s like to just be traveling down the road of life, and suddenly, sometimes out of nowhere, we find ourselves at a major bend in the road. Other times, we can see the bend way off in the distance, on the horizon, and we know change is coming. Either way, the major bend can be a lot to work through. Change can mean deep waters sometimes. It can even be heartbreaking, in a good way, or in a bad way. Continue reading “A little explanation about where I’ve been”

The togetherness of homeschooling

Teaching long vowel sounds while mopping the kitchen floor? In at least one place in the world, those two unlikely candidates pair quite nicely: the homeschool.

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I was finishing up a few things after our morning family chore time. I was a little late getting over to the school area where the older ones were (supposed to be) already getting started. The floor had been prepped and the mop bucket sat filled and waiting, but the floor had not yet been mopped. My daughter impatiently waited in the kitchen doorway for me to get her started on her kindergarten work for the day.

I thought, “Today she is supposed to begin learning long vowel sounds.” Then, I thought, “She’s here, and I’m here, so let’s just go ahead!” So, I mopped, and we talked. We talked all about vowels and the short sounds she had been working on for the past few months, and then we began to discuss long vowel sounds and what that meant. The mop water swished as my daughter jumped for joy at the excitement of this new concept. “I LOVE long vowels!” she said.

Continue reading “The togetherness of homeschooling”

Guest Post: The hidden secret of organization/A Mom of four littles organizes her family’s move

I’m thrilled to be posting the very first guest post here on Treasuring Home! 

Author: Esther Aardsma

{My comments are in italics. Everything else is from her.}

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Matthew and Esther and their family, March 2018.

About Esther: Married to my brother Matthew. Mother of four, ages 5 (almost 6), 4, 2 and 2 months. Currently in the process of moving from one state to another as Matthew nears the completion of his doctoral degree. Esther enjoys homemaking, sewing, spending time with her husband, and playing Memory with her kids. Continue reading “Guest Post: The hidden secret of organization/A Mom of four littles organizes her family’s move”