Okay, I'll admit it. I married the most wonderful man in the world. I am so grateful that he is the father of my children. He is a man of wisdom and integrity, filled with love for the Lord and his family.
So, why did God give me four daughters to mentor and him only one son. I can't answer that, but I do notice that we already have two grandsons.
Our son came at the tail end of four daughters. Mike and I were so grateful for the privilege of raising a godly man in a challenging time.
Mike did all the Dad things: they played ball, he helped coach sports teams, he read Bible stories to him at night, the shared interests. And, of course, he was part of all the family Bible training. But things intensified as Jimmy got older.
When Jimmy got to seventh grade, it was time for one-on-one mentoring. They started meeting once a week for a time of Bible study and prayer.
Mike also worked hard to create an atmosphere where Jimmy could talk to him about anything. He shared his struggles, doubts, and fears. Mike did not respond harshly, but as someone who had been there many years before. They walked through real answers to doubts about the faith. They figured out practical ways to fight temptation. Mike taught Jimmy to read the Bible devotionally to draw closer to Jesus, as well as how to study the Word.
It isn't easy to be a young man bombarded with temptations like pornography, greed, pride, fear of man, and insecurity. Jimmy did not turn into a seasoned saint in a few months or even a year. Mike met weekly with Jimmy from seventh grade until his senior year. They still meet together while Jim is in college. Right now, Jimmy is passionate for Jesus Christ and he lives a life of integrity and love. His sisters and friends respect him and value his friendship.
You see investing in your son is a huge commitment of time, love, and prayer. There are no easy answers or quick fixes. A young man needs a father willing to invest in him, training him to become the real man God called him to be.
"Can we do a duet?" two girls in the 20th Century History Co-op asked. We were planning our own Vaudeville Show.
"Is the song from the Turn-of-the-Century?" I replied.
Before they could answer, Jimmy interjected, "Can I do card tricks?"
"Yes, but maybe you want to do an animal act," I giggled.
"Like lion training," Josh teased.
We had as much fun planning our acts as we did on the day of the actual performance.
Would you like to put on your own Vaudeville Show? Here's how we did it!
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One of my favorite homeschool podcasts is Vintage Homeschool Moms at the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network.
Maybe it's because I trust and respect Felice, knowing that what she shares is real, lived out in her home.
Or maybe it's because I love her wisdom--it's so practical. She is so real. She doesn't sugarcoat her imperfections or mistakes. Felice doesn't gloat about her successes either. She is relatable to us ordinary homeschool moms.
Moms Mentoring Moms
Many women who homeschool feel like they are pioneers, ploughing new paths. They long for a Titus 2 mentoring relationship. In Titus 2, Paul mentions older women teaching younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, and to be busy at home. In a special way, older women who have "been there/done that" have so much wisdom for the next generation of homeschool moms.
Chances are great that whatever you are facing right now is something that an older homeschool mom has met with in the past. Whether or not she handled it successfully, you can learn from her. My grandmother used to challenge me to learn from other's mistakes so you don't have to fall into the same pit.
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On of our favorite things to eat for dessert on Resurrection Sunday is Carrot Cake. We make it from scratch and frost it with cream cheese icing. Here are the recipes for the carrot cake and the cream cheese frosting.
I tasted this recipe at a friend's house the day after Easter when I was in high school. I asked for the recipe and have enjoyed making it over the years, adapting to fit my own family's taste.
I hope you like it!
Carrot Cake Recipe
2 Cups Flour
2 Cups Sugar
2 tsp. Baking Soda
4 Large Eggs
1 1/2 Cups Oil
2 tsp. Salt
2 tsp. Cinnamon
3 Cups Grated Carrots
Preheat oven to 350̊F. Grease and flour 3 round cake pans.
Mix dry ingredients together. Add oil and mix well. Add each egg one at a time and mix well. Add carrots and stir until mixed in. Divide batter up and pour into 3 round cake pans. Bake at 350̊F for 25 minutes. Frost between layers and over tops and sides with cream cheese frosting. You can use the recipe below.
What's so GOOD about Good Friday, I often wondered as a child, sitting in church on Good Friday. Why did everyone call "good" a day where Jesus died.
I liked Jesus as a child. I loved the way He healed and forgave. I listened in wonder to His teachings when the Gospel was read.
On Good Friday I cried and cried, even though I knew Easter was coming. I just couldn't understand Good Friday.
Fast-forward to my teenage years after a terrible accident left me trembling in pain alone in the ICU crying out to God for mercy, for relief. Then I realized. God had chosen pain for me. He had made a choice to go to the cross. I would never choose pain for anyone, I decided. But especially not for someone who was going my own way, living for my own glory.
In the hospital bed, I gave my life to Christ and in the weeks and months to follow I voraciously read the Bible. In the Scriptures, I learned something amazing. I discovered that Jesus took my place and paid the penalty for my sin on the cross, that the wrath of God against my sin was poured out on Innocent Jesus. Like a Lamb to the slaughter, Jesus willingly endured the pain, the cross. He died for me. Suddenly, it made sense why Good Friday was good.