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Birth Story: Everlasting Mercy

Motherhood came with a bang The summer my husband and I bought a house is the summer my 5th daughter was conceived. By this point, I was expecting to fall pregnant again, sometime around the end of July-beginning of August, as that was the pattern. My then-youngest was about 9…

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Birth story: the Truth of Hope

Motherhood begins at home September is my 4th daughter’s birthday. It’s hard to believe that she’s not a baby anymore! She was the only one of my five girls to be born at home, so her birth was special, in more than one way. She gave me hope. This little…

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Birth Story: my Gift of Peace

Motherhood planning attempts My middle child was the only one I can say I ever even came close to planning. My 2nd daughter was about 10 months old, and I brought up the idea of having another child to my husband. It was June 2009. I had just had a…

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Birth story: Light of Joy

Motherhood surprised me again I conceived my second daughter the night I got engaged. The first inkling of her coming happened about two weeks later, when I had a craving for, of all things, broccoli. I’m not known for my preference for vegetables.  I was a bit of a picky…

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Homeschool 101: A typical homeschool schedule

How long does it take? How long do you do “school” every day? Do you even do “school” daily? Do you follow a public school calendar? Should we do every subject every day? How long should math take? Or spelling? What is a typical homeschool schedule anyway? These are common…

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Birth story: Promise of strength

Motherhood began with a shock I was all of 19 years old when I discovered I was going to become a mother. 19 years old, just finished my first year of university, at home with my parents for the summer, and the relationship from which child resulted had ended. I’d…

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Not raising children

Identity As a single parent, I wear many hats. I’m mom and dad, in a lot of ways, though my children’s father is as involved as he wants to be.  I’m raising my children mostly on my own. I’m also their teacher, given that I’ve chosen to homeschool. Though even…

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