The Value of Games in Your Homeschool Tool Box

Homeschool Games

Down through history, games have been used for teaching tools. In this day and age, we tend to think of games only in the terms of amusement, but I would like for you to re-think this one. Many skills can be taught through games. From a simple concept such as learning to take your turn, all the way up to complex strategy and thinking skills can be gained.

I hear groaning. Games can be expensive, you say. Well, not necessarily. I found many games at homeschool used curriculum sales or thrift stores. Yes, sometimes a piece can be missing, but often it can be substituted. I found games on states, countries, the solar system, and even games on history that can be incorporated into the schooling tool box.

Until next time,




O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
Psalm 63:1

Tame the Beast

Infertility can strain out your marriage, and if you are involved in infertility treatment that alone puts unnatural demands upon your relationship. The bond you have with your spouse is the most important human relationship you have. Even if you eventually have children, most likely they will grow up, and then move on to their adult lives. You and your spouse will be left alone once again. Don’t allow your struggle with infertility to destroy what you already have.

Trying and trying again can become a vicious cycle that could consume your entire life if you let it. Tame the beast. Sit down with your spouse, pray about it and set limits to your quest. If you bring the Lord into your situation, you can be assured that He will work and guide you through this trial. Decide how much money you are willing to spend and how many cycles you will continue to try. If you don’t get pregnant within those limits, accept that God is guiding you into something different.

The next decision that will need to be made is to answer “the what now” question. Do you want to adopt or remain childless? Once that question is answered, set your life on that course. You don’t want to be caught in an endless cycle that if allowed to go on too long, could devour up your option to adopt. Take control. Tame the beast.

The Diamond in the Rough,


Homeschool Doesn’t Need to be Boring

Creative Homeschooling

Okay, you’ve got your textbooks, workbooks and school supplies. Now, you need to sit down and make your children plod through them.

Whoa! Hold on.

One of the biggest mistakes beginner homeschoolers do, is to try to put school in the home. This approach usually leads to great frustration. Relax. Learning should be fun. Use your curriculum as a springboard, but be creative in how those subjects can be taught.

While textbooks and workbooks are part of schooling, there is no rule that says learning can only be done with paper and pencil. The world is now your classroom.

I am writing a series of blogs, of things I used, to put the fun back into learning. So stay tuned.

Until next time,


The People Who Adopt

            What kind of people adopt? Ordinary people like you and I. Adoption in the United States is quite common. Everyone knows someone who has been touched by adoption. You may have been adopted yourself.

What motives people to adopt? Most adoptive parents fit into one of four categories. The infertile couple comes to mind most often. However, there are others. Some people have always carried a desire to adopt. These types can be found taking in many children, both by adoption and by birth. Then there are those who take in foster children, bond with them and fight to adopt them. The fourth are those who adopt a relative or friend’s child when the child is orphaned.

It doesn’t matter how the family comes together. God is the designer of them all. They are miracles put together with purpose and love.

A Diamond in the Rough,



Why Fiction?

            You may be wondering why Kelly and I are devoting a day a week to fiction and speculative novels. The Lord brought Kelly and I together at a writing conference. We knew each other before, but did not know we were both writers. When we discovered each other at the conference we knew the Lord was telling us to write our book Forever Entwined. The odd thing was, we both had written fantasy novels. Yes, speculative fiction has a soft spot in both our hearts, so why not? It’s our blog.

A Diamond in the Rough,