Saturday, January 13, 2018

Things That Strengthen Me in the Motherhood Journey

  Are any other Mamas out there feeling a little cabin fever as you dwell indoors with your children through the cold of the winter months?  I have noticed that winter presents my days with a unique challenge that we don't have for most of the year here in Texas.  This winter especially we have been cooped up indoors day after day with one round after another of illness in our family.  With seven children in the home it can start to feel like the walls are closing in on me even though we live in a large house.  So, I was thinking about what are some of the things that I do to refresh my own soul during the bleak days of winter.  Not all of these will be profound, but they are little things that help me through the long days and give me little joys and comforts.  
  I have found that when I am busy focusing on ministering to others that I am able to maintain a better perspective on what really matters.  As I study, write, podcast, etc. I am renewing my own mind as I try to offer encouragement to my readers and listeners.  When I go back and read my book I am reminded of kingdom priorities, and as I record podcasts it renews vision in my own heart for the things I am sharing.  One reason I love to write and speak is that it strengthens my heart as I seek to minister to others.  Maybe this is part of what the Scripture means when it says, "Give and it will be given to you."  - Luke 6:38 

 It is of paramount importance that I keep my soul fed spiritually through God's Word and substantial books that will stretch me to greater spiritual maturity.  I have a Bible App on my phone, and it has helped me to get more Scripture in on a daily basis.  I can listen as I get ready for the day, as I fold laundry, drive in the car, etc.  Last year I was able to go through the Bible one and a half times by listening instead of reading.  Reading is important as well, but this has been a neat way for me to get more Scripture in during this season of busy motherhood.  Along with my Bible I also love to have a good devotional book going.  Currently I am enjoying going through a classic called "Mornings and Evening" by Charles Spurgeon.  

   I LOVE listening to encouraging podcasts.  Sometimes these can be such a shot in the arm to encourage me along when I'm feeling battle weary.  Some you might want to check out are: 

There are many more, but that is a start on some that might be an encouragement to a busy mama needing to be refueled especially during these winter months.  :) 

  Another suggestion I have is to have some kind of Bible study going on with a friend who inspires you in the Lord.  For me that is currently a book study I am doing with a friend from out of state. We have a book we are reading through and then we email each other with our insights from each chapter.  This doesn't happen every week, as we are both busy Mamas, but we work with each other with a lot of flexibility. Whenever we have a lapse of time in our study we just pick up where we left off.  This interacting with my friend has been very fortifying and encouraging to my Mama heart.  

 I SO appreciate the gift my husband gave me this Christmas!  I am LOVING having this radio/cd player in the kitchen where I can play sacred music that puts a song in my heart as I go about the daily duties of keeping a home.  Somehow having God honoring music has a way of lifting heaviness of heart and putting a spring in my step as I do my chores.  I should have had this player years ago; I am just enjoying it so much!!!  

  Speaking of books, I also feel encouraged by good read alouds I do with my children during our morning circle time.  I often learn so much from the books we read together. We are currently reading through this gem of a book that teaches a strong lesson on the importance of forgiveness.  

  Church is certainly an important place for our batteries to be recharged as we take a day to slow down and focus on worship, fellowship with other believers, and sit under the teaching of God's Word.  I am thankful that we are given the grace of the body of Christ to strengthen us and that we  don't have to journey through life alone.  This is such an incredible blessing!  

  Mamas, I use Lilla Rose hair accessories on a daily basis.  My Flexi Clips are my favorites, and I usually twist my hair up and stick one in every morning.  Some days I just stick one into a pony tail, but either way I get my hair up off my face so that I can be busy and not worry with my hair.  I can take a Flexi and throw up my hair without even looking in the mirror.  It is as easy as sticking a plastic claw in but much more comfortable and certainly prettier.  If you want to learn more about  durable, flexible, comfortable Lilla Rose hair jewelry see my link on the sidebar.  My girls and I LOVE these accessories.  

  Now just a few more things I do to refresh my stamina on these busy days of motherhood; I try to drink a lot of water and add fresh mint leaves for a refreshing flavor.  I enjoy growing different flavors of mint with my favorites being Sweet Mint and Apple Mint.  Yummy!  
  I also diffuse essential oils next to my bed when I rest.  I LOVE Lavender; it is one of my favorites. Of course I am a believer in diffusing Thieves when fighting illness as well.  Lavender has a calming effect for me, and I also play calming sacred instrumental music next to my bed when I rest.  I will even let it play as I read at night and then turn it off as I go to sleep.  The calming effects of sacred music and essential oils help me relax and unwind.  Sometimes I can be wound up pretty tight from a stressful day, and it helps to end my day with sacred songs and reading an evening devotional before bed.  
  In the day I like to try to go out at least once or twice a day to breathe in fresh air.  My excuse to do this is often to take table scraps to our chickens.  They get all worked up when they see me coming, and it changes the pace for me and just feels good to see my ladies scampering about enjoying the scraps I feed them.  The sunshine and fresh air help lift my mood too.  
  Another thing that helps is to have a date night planned with my hubby.  Sometimes that is an in house date.  That would be where I go get some take out food and bring it home for us to eat after the children go to bed.  Other times we go out to a restaurant together.  Either way it is very important, in this crazy busy season of life, for us to have time to connect without constant interruptions.  It helps so much to have my hubby hear my heart and be able to talk through important decisions that are constantly rolling around in my head.  It is important to me that I work at keeping our marriage healthy, because one day this busy season of motherhood will be over, and I want to be left with a healthy marriage when it come back around to just the two of us.  
  I have found that knowing what I am going to prepare for dinner is so helpful!  It is a horrible feeling to get to the end of the day and not know what to make for dinner.  I have been in that situation one too many times, and so I always try to think ahead in the morning and make sure I know what our dinner will be.  I used to be a Crock Pot gal, but I have fallen in love with the Instant Pot which is a Crock Pot, Pressure Cooker, Rice Cooker, and so much more!  If you have not looked into it do yourself a big favor and check it out.  I LOVE filling mine with frozen chicken breasts and shredding up the chicken for tacos and then freezing the rest of the meat for another night's dinner.  It is so helpful!  
  My last thought for this post is just to mention that I do love having a cup of coffee first thing in the morning.  It helps motivate me to get up and moving, and after that I go to my mint flavored water.  I also enjoy drinking various herbal teas especially in the evenings.  
  Ladies, I know that the days can be long especially in the cold of winter but spring is on its way!!!   I look forward to throwing the windows open and allowing the children to run outside and get cooped up energy out.  Let's stay faithful persevering in the strength that only Jesus can supply.  Let's stay closely connected to the vine knowing that Jesus said, "Apart from me you can do nothing." - John 15:5  Let's be Word saturated, prayed up Mamas and remember to take care of ourselves by getting fresh air, rest, plenty of water, and feeding our souls with God's Word.  I hope some of these ideas are encouraging. We're in this together persevering for the glory of our Lord and Savior.  May those who come behind us find us faithful.  

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Let's Make 2018 an Intentional Year of Family Discipleship!

  As we start off 2018 it is a great time to refresh our vision for our goals of discipling our children in our homes.  In this post I would like to give an overview of some of the things that are important to my husband and me to teach our children.  These are things that we pray about and trust the Lord to help us to impart to our children.  I could do a long post on each of these values, but the goal of this post is just to throw out some ideas to get us thinking about ways we can work on leading our families in these specific areas of spiritual training.

  One thing that is sobering to me is to remember that I cannot teach what I do not possess.  This is why it is so important that we, as busy Mamas, continue going back to the Lord and His Word to be refueled so that we can think Biblically and authentically live out the things we are seeking to teach our children.  Jesus said, "Apart from me you can do nothing." - John 15:5  Let us cast ourselves upon the Lord daily as we go about teaching our children.
  *The Gospel.  Out of all the things we need to teach our children nothing is as important as the glorious good news of the gospel.  It is the best news of all!  Each day affords us plenteous opportunities to bring our families back to the gospel message.  Whenever children struggle with sin it is a great time to remind them of God's standards and that they are incapable of living up to His righteous standards.  This is what makes the gospel such good news; although we are born dead in sin, Christ desires to make us alive in Him and lead us on to sanctification and victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
  *Ongoing Repentance.  Here is an area where we can set an example for our children by parenting in humility, admitting our failures, and asking forgiveness when we blow it.  We may think our children will see us as weak by admitting our impatience, anger, etc. but in reality they will gain respect for us when they see us parenting with authenticity.  They will see by our example that when we make mistakes we need to admit it and ask forgiveness of those we hurt and of the Lord.

  *Prayer.  There are so many opportunities all throughout the day to lead our children before the throne of grace.  Sibling rivalry is one opportunity to model praying without ceasing.  Just yesterday there was some disputing between two of my children, and I handled it by praying a LONG prayer with them about the matter.  I prayed that the Lord would soften their hearts and cause them to love each other and speak kindly, etc.  I think it can be effective to pray through the fruits of the spirit with frustrated children and ask the Lord to do a work in their hearts.  There is certainly time for parental correction, but I think sometimes instead of lecturing I need to stop and just pray.  This is an area I am trying to grow in.
  Also, when a child is sick, scared, worried, etc. it is an opportune time to stop and say, "Let's pray about that right now."  Prayer is powerful and such a grace in our lives. Anytime is a perfect time to take our children by the hand and lead them before the throne of grace.  When we pray all throughout the day we are teaching them to pray without ceasing.

  *Cherish, Read, and Trust the Word of God.  As a little girl I grew up singing a song that went like this:

The B-I_B-L-E
Yes, that's the book for me
I stand alone on the Word of God
The B-I_B-L-E!

We need to be opening the Word of God all throughout the day with our children.  Bible is not just a subject in school.  No, it is something we look to for guidance in all kinds of situations all throughout the day.  When we give correction, training, counsel, etc. it is so helpful to open God's Word and show our children for themselves exactly what the Scripture says.  We need to encourage them to get into the Bible for themselves learning to have a quiet time with the Lord.  This is such an important habit to cultivate in their lives from a young age.  Even before our children learn to read we like to tell them that we are so excited for them to learn to read because then they can read God's Word for themselves.  This past Christmas our seven year old daughter asked for her own Bible for Christmas. I was thrilled that this is something that she valued and wanted.

  *Teach them to defend the faith, to embrace sound doctrine, and to know church history.  We are living in a day when Biblical truth is under massive attack.  Knowing church history, proper Biblical apologetics, and sound doctrine will help them to discern error and know how to articulate the truth.
  *Memorize God's Word.  Our children are born with brains that are like sponges and they can memorize so quickly when they are young.  This is an excellent time for them to memorize Scripture that will stick with them for life.  You might even want to check out the National Bible Bee as a great motivation to memorize huge portions of Scripture.
  *Suffering for Christ and stories of great Christians.  We want our children to know that Christ is worthy of their all.  We don't want them to worship the pop culture icons of the day but rather to be inspired by great heroes of the Christian faith.  This is why we encourage books, documentaries, audio dramas, and movies about people like Corrie Ten Boom, Eric Liddell, Jim Elliot, George Mueller and others.  They can learn so much by studying the lives of great Christians.
  *Obedience and Character

"Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.  Honor your father and mother (this is the first commandment with a promise), that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.  Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord" - Ephesians 6:1-4

  It is important for our children to learn to obey parental commands in order that they will know how to obey and bow the knee to the lordship of Christ.  J.C. Ryle puts it this way:

"Parents, do you wish to see your children happy?  Take care, then, that you train them to obey when they are spoken to-to do as they are bid.  Believe me, we are not made for entire independence-we are not fit for it.  Even Christ's freemen have a yoke to wear-they "serve the Lord Christ.  Children cannot learn too soon that this is a world in which we are not all intended to rule, and that we are never in our right place until we know how to obey better.  Teach them to obey while they are young, or they will be fretting against God all their lives long, and wear themselves out with the vain idea of being independent of His control."  
  Going along with training our children in obedience is also the matter of training their character in areas such as truthfulness, kindness, promptness, etc.  As we teach them the necessity for these virtues we must frequently remind them that they can only do what is right with the help of the Lord.  

"For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure." - Philippians 2:13

 Character training without the gospel will frustrate our children or make them proud.  They will be either defeated that they cannot be good enough or prideful at how good they think they are.  We must balance our training with the constant reminder that all our righteousness is as filthy rags, and in order to produce true character that pleases the Lord our hearts have to be right before the Lord.  It is He who works in us to do what we ought to His glory.  

*Teach them to serve.  We live in a narcissistic generation, and leading our children to get out of themselves to serve others can help to combat the selfie generation mentality.  We desperately want our children to live for the glory of God, His kingdom, and His righteousness.  Children that live only for themselves become very bored and hopeless.  
*Contentment.  Paul said that he had LEARNED to be content in any circumstance.  

"Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.  I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.  I can do all things through him who strengthens me." - Philippians 4:11-13

*Hymnody.  The last thing I am listing in this post is hymnody.  My husband and I grew up with the hymns of the faith, and we are both grateful for that heritage.  We desire that our children will also know the hymns, and so we spend time singing with them.  Sometimes we will attend a hymn sing where we sit around and sing for an hour or so and that time has been so encouraging!  You can also teach hymns by playing them in the home.  I grew up in a home that had sacred Christian music playing throughout our house everyday.  That is part of my legacy and I am grateful for it.  While I see value in substantial praise choruses as well, nothing can replace the great hymns of the faith that have stanza after stanza of Bible doctrine and tend to be God oriented instead of man oriented.  These hymns even make good devotional material just to read or sing through a hymn a day with your devotional reading.  
  I hope this list of things has excited you to be intentional in 2018 with your family discipleship.  I hope it has given you some ideas that you can run with and add your own creativity according to your own individual families.  By God's grace may we make 2018 count for eternity as our families grow in the knowledge of Christ and serve Him purposefully!  

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Thinking About 2018

 It rattles my brain to realize that we are closing out 2017 and welcoming in 2018. Honestly I believe 2017 has been the fastest whirlwind of a year that I can remember!!! It has been a year of so much adventure and dreams fulfilled and yet it was very intense with one activity following another. 
  Highlights for me would be the publication of my book “Legacy Reflections of a Homeschooled, Homeschooling Mama” and the purchase of our home in Ohio.  Our family also enjoyed several great conferences this year including a marriage get-away conference last February. 

  Realizing how fast the last year flew by I am thinking about the verse that says, “So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom." - Psalm 90:12  The days, weeks, and months are flying by at lightning speed, and I want to be purposeful about how I use my time and redeem the moments to invest into the hearts and lives of my family. 
  Looking into 2018 there are several things that are important to me.  Of course there are many more than I could list here, but here are some things on my heart at this point.  Personally I want to have deeper communion and surrender to my Lord and surrender to His continuing sanctification process in my life.  I look at the legacy of ladies like Elisabeth Elliot and realize that she spent a lifetime getting to the point that she was at as an older, godly Titus 2 lady.  So many have been blessed by her talks and writings as a result of her making daily choices to surrender her life to the Lord and cooperating with His sanctification process in her life.  Older women of the faith don’t suddenly “arrive” wise at an older age.  They grow into those special ladies over a lifetime of surrender, obedience and trusting in the Lord to guide them.  I want to grow older gracefully and to become wiser in the process. 

  On the family level I desire to continue on with vision in raising our children according to Deuteronomy 6:7 as we “Sit in our house, and when we walk by the way, and when we lie down, and when we rise up."   I have noticed that vision was sometimes easier to come by when I was a younger Mama.  It seems I could get abundant inspiration, in the early years of mothering, by reading a good mommy blog or a new book, etc.  At this juncture in mothering, however,  I have to pray for vision and faith to keep pressing onward.  There are many reasons for that.  One is that I have seen spiritual devastation in so many Christian families and it can cause paralyzing fear.  I have to fight for faith and perseverance trusting in the Lord and not in myself.  Also, I am older with more aches and pains and just plain tired a lot of the time.  Additionally I am now raising children in many different seasons with different needs and it is a juggling act to be sure.  Also, at this point in life I have seen significant challenges to some of my ideals and dreams and realize just how much I am not in control of our family or my world.  It is truly a walk of faith!!!  What I am trying to express is that I see a lot of Mamas in my stage of the journey growing very weary, and I feel that same tendency myself.  I remember that Scripture says, "And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in the due season we will reap, if we do not give up." - Galatians 6:9  In the coming year I very much want to continue on in home discipleship, walk in faith, and resist the tendency to lose vision or burn out.  I know that I must remain closely connected to the Vine (John 15) and regularly pray for vision and faith. 
  On a ministry level I am praying that the Lord will continue to use my book “Legacy Reflections of a Homeschooled, Homeschooling Mama” in the coming year.  When we published the book most of the homeschool conferences/conventions were over for the year.  I am excited to be able to take it to some venues this spring and am looking forward to talking with busy Mamas and seeking to encourage them to press forward in being intentional in home discipleship with their children.  I am also getting ready to,  Lord willing, put out some podcasts for Mamas seeking to encourage them through some of the things the Lord has taught me through the years.  Stay tuned for more about the Legacy Homeschool Reflections Podcast! 

  On a home business level I look forward to continuing to work here and there to grow my Lilla Rose hair accessories business.  This priority is very low on the list, but I do love and believe in the functionality of these beautiful accessories and enjoy helping other ladies discover something beautiful, functional and durable for their hair.  The Lord has allowed me to meet some new friends through some of my festival booths and to minister to some hurting people as well.  While Lilla Rose is way down on the priority list, it is something I do enjoy to the extent that I can do it in balance with more important priorities.  Wow, it seems like balance is the key to so many areas of life!!!  I keep praying for the Lord’s wisdom in prioritizing the many different responsibilities in my life.  

  Then there is Ohio!!!  I haven't mentioned OHIO yet!!!  Oh, I am missing that special home away from home already, and it has not even been a month since I was there!!!  The Lord provided us with a one hundred and twenty year old home there last summer, and we are renting it to others when we are not there.  It has been fun to read our guest book and to see how people are enjoying the house for many different purposes.  We had a large family rent it for vacation, a ladies' church group for a weekend away, a family for Thanksgiving, and this past weekend a family for a place for out of town family to stay due to a funeral.  The house has already been a blessing to many groups for different events.  Since I cannot be there all the time it is a joy to see that others are making memories and being ministered to there in our home.  HOWEVER, I cannot wait to go back!  This year I will cherish whatever time the Lord allows me to be there enjoying what I call my doll house and spending time with friends there.  The Lord has already given us quite a few people who are becoming very special to us.  I told Matt last night that I am really missing it there; I'm not quite sure when we will go back but I am looking forward to it!  We are seeking to be purposeful with the house there leaving Christian literature and seeking to make it a place to minister to those who visit our home.  When we are there we also want to bless those we are building relationships with.  

Well, I cannot live in a dreamworld (Ohio) all the time, so as for goals for the farm in Texas I want to continue learning more recipes in my Instant Pot!  :)  I am so excited over my six quart and eight quart pots and am really getting serious about learning to cook in these gadgets more and more.  

These pots make life easier for me, and I have pretty much traded out crock pot cooking (which I used to love) for the Instant Pot which does both slow cooking and pressure cooking.  I also desire to get my house better organized this year, but I realize that my expectations have to be reasonable considering that nine people are here around the clock and so much life happens within these walls.  Now is not the time for me to have a Pinterest perfect home.  I do want order and functionality and am working on that, but this certainly is not the season for me to obtain a perfect house.  It just is not possible with the ages of my children and the number of people constantly here.  I am trying to learn the balance of accepting what I cannot change and yet improving where I can.  This too is an area of sanctification for me to accept my season and do the best I can during this busy time with so many people under one roof.  I do believe that I will be revamping chore schedules soon and hopefully teaching some of my middle aged children to take on more responsibility.  After all, many hands make light work.  ;)  
  As I look to 2018 I remember that Jesus said, "Without me you can do nothing." - John 15:5  I want to commit all I do to my faithful Lord and allow Him to use me to accomplish His good plans for me and for our family this year.  What are you looking forward to in 2018?  Let's ask the Lord to give us His fresh vision for our families in the year to come.  

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Accepting Our Less Than Perfect Christmas

  Through the years I have had to lower my expectations for the perfect Christmas my mind's eye envisions.  This year was no exception.  I think I was less prepared this year and never reached the point of the house being fully decorated, things in their rightful places, candles burning, house cleaned, atmosphere set, etc.  Actually the last several Christmases have gone more in this direction as our lives have become busier than ever.

  One set back for this year was that my purse was stolen at Aldi's grocery store, and so I ended up having to spend some of my precious holiday time to shop for replacements for my purse and everything in it.  I also ended up going to the eye doctor to replace glasses and to the DPS to get a new driver's license.  My time is precious little during this busy season, and so this whole hassle set me back even more.


  On top of that I've had the busiest year of my life.  Many wonderful things have happened this year, but we have been going from one major event to another all year long.  This December I found myself in the middle of many unfinished projects and a messy house that never fully got cleaned up.  The unfinished projects will be rolling over into the new year with hopes and prayers that we can make improvements as we rearrange, sort and organize things.  So my house was not all sparkly and clean this Christmas, and I never fully decorated our house either.

(A dear Amish friend hand crafted this card for us with nine snow people to represent our family!  It is the little things that mean so much.) 

  One thing that bothered me all December is that I was unable to put up my special "Mama" tree that is different from our "Family" tree.  Most Christmases I have managed to put up two trees with one being decorated with very special, breakable, glass, sentimental ornaments.  Some of my favorite ornaments go on that tree, and I have fought hard to make it happen each year.  This year I just gave up as I knew I did not have time for the more elegant tree. Somehow this bothered me all the Christmas season, and I continued to toy with the idea of even getting a small tree to quickly put up on my dresser with a few of the special ornaments.  Even that was too much to tackle as it would mean first cleaning off my dresser, and I just have not had the time.   
  In addition to all of this our family started falling sick half a week before Christmas and we are still trying to mend and fully recover.  I actually felt very bad on Christmas Eve and not too great on Christmas Day either.  I just tried to press through the cooking and gift wrapping telling myself that it is alright that things are not as perfect as I would dream them to be for this year's Christmas.    
  I've really been thinking a lot this Christmas season about how we have an expectation of a perfect Christmas, but things are not always happy circumstantially at Christmas.  This leaves us feeling disappointed and often discouraged.  I have been thinking about how that Christmas really is about worshiping and rejoicing in our Savior's birth.  That is something that no sickness, dirty house, stolen purse, and undecorated tree can steal from us.  Even when we have set backs and our plans don't come to completion we can be still and rest in knowing our Emmanuel has come.  Jesus is here with us and that is something to be joyful about!

  It is wonderful that we can have a time of year to create special memories with family, to treasure family traditions, to draw close to our families, etc. but our hope is not in all of this going on without a glitch.  Our hope is in Jesus Who brings life and fullness to our good times and to our struggles.  
  On Christmas Eve, as I was doing all I could to get food on the table and seeing all the imperfections in my preparations,  I took a look at some of the simple things we had like pretty Christmas PAPER plates, a simple wooden nativity in the center of our table, gifts hidden for the children to find (a Christmas Eve tradition) a drawing my daughter did on our marker board, one daughter fixing another daughter's hair, etc. and saw the blessing even in the simplicity.  Things do not always have to be Pinterest perfect to truly have beauty and significance.  We can rejoice in our Savior dwelling within us and in the simple blessings of warmth, food, family, and all His many blessings to us.  I hope this encourages you.

Some Christmases may seem almost magical circumstantially with sparkles and wonder, but other Christmases  we will struggle to make it through just like the rest of the year.  Even when things are not white, sparkly, and otherwise wonderful we can embrace the simple, the ordinary, and be glad in Jesus our Savior.  Simplicity after all has its own kind of beauty.

For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. - Isaiah 9:6

Friday, December 1, 2017

What others are saying about "Legacy Reflections of a Homeschooled, Homeschooling Mama"

Hello Everyone!  I hope you had a blessed Thanksgiving and are entering into the Christmas season with joy.  Today I want to share with you some of the quotes from my book "Legacy Reflections of a Homeschooled, Homeschooling Mama" and some responses I have received from readers.  I have been very humbled by the feedback I have received from other Mamas who have read the book, and  I am encouraged that the Lord is using the book to encourage others.  I know I am often in need of encouragement in this journey, and so the thought that the Lord would use me to share life giving words with other Mamas is a real answer to prayer!  I hope you enjoy these quotes and also reading what others have thought of the book.  To God be the glory!  

"I am so impressed with the book not only for home schoolers, but any mother who wants to raise Godly children.  I will be ordering more books to gift to my friends." - Susan

"I think this is a great read for all Christian homeschool parents. It is affirming to our goals. It is a challenging reminder of our job. It is also a reminder that only God can give us the results that we’re looking for. As we homeschool, we need to keep remembering prayer and praying for God to change and control our children’s lives." - Rebecca

"I just finished reading your book and I loved it! It is indeed full of encouragement and exhortation to choose what is best. Thank you so much for your thoughts and your honesty in this wonderful book." - Lara

"I have to tell you that your book struck me to the core.  There was such a sweetness and vision and deep wisdom and purpose that stirred me." - Sarah

"Every once in awhile a book comes along that encourages and challenges you. That is exactly what the book Legacy has done for me.

Ruth Adams does an amazing job encapsulating what is most important in our role as a homeschooling mothers. With so many outside pressures and influences, we have to be diligent to keep the main thing the MAIN thing...

"The Lord graciously gives us our children for 18 or more years. He gives us years to speak truth into their hearts and lives and to teach them what they need to know to walk successfully through their adult years. Of all the things we need to teach them, absolutely nothing is as important as that of the glorious good news of the gospel. It is the best news of all!"

The way Ruth wrote this book is so down to having a conversation with a good friend. I thoroughly enjoyed it and was sad when it was over! It has given me a lot to think about. That's a sign of a good book!!

If you're a Mama, you need this book! It'll breathe life into your weary soul and make you evaluate your priorities on a whole new level. I can't recommend it enough!" - Jenny

"A homeschooled, homeschooling mom of seven children, Ruth shares in her book her decades of experience with homeschooling when the movement was taking off in its early days, a brief history of homeschooling, how homeschooling has changed and is changing, and the benefits of homeschooling. She also touches on the life of homeschooling pioneers, marriage and homeschooling, on methods homeschooling with practical tips and ideas for all seasons of life. Her main focus is on the Christian’s purpose for homeschooling – biblical discipleship in the home. " - Kim

"Just finished your book!  So glorifying to the Lord and incredibly inspiring to His people.  Thank you for being used of Him to deliver encouragement, exhortation and practical wisdom in the areas of training and teaching the next generation." 

That is a sampling of some of the encouraging feedback we have received on the book.  Have you read the book?  I am always encouraged to hear how the Lord is using the book.  Our prayer was that He would be the Author and I would be the pen.  It humbles me to know people are reading, and I am continuing to pray that Mamas will be encouraged to press into the ministry of motherhood.  
Two comments we have received multiple times are that the book was very honest and that the reader felt like they were having a conversation with me.  That makes me so happy!  I really wanted the book to come across like a conversation with a friend.  If you have not yet read my book I invite you to grab a cup of tea and sit down for a conversation with me through the pages of my book.  "Legacy" is available on Amazon and other major book sellers and also through me.  Blessings to you all!