Imagine Mary. An angel appeared to her and gave unbelievable news. How would you feel? What would you say to your parents? Can you envision your fiance’s reaction?
Christians celebrate the birth of our Savior at Christmas, but our culture leans toward partying to the point of exhaustion. Many of us long for a simpler time when we didn’t face the pressures of the holiday.
This week, I gathered a group of historical fiction authors to give us a look at Christmas in history. Susan G. Mathis shared about the Yule Log, and Linore Burkhard talked about Christmas in Regency and Victorian times. Dave Fessenden covered traditions in the 1920s and Sarah Sundin finished with a look at the holiday season in World War II.
Not everyone enjoys the holidays. Losing someone we love hurts, and the empty chair aches the first Thanksgiving and Christmas. We must remember children grieve too, but they can’t process their emotions the same way we do.
Amy Ford was my guest this week, and she is a counselor specializing in children. She gave tips on helping your child grieve when you are hurting too.
Hostess Cynthia L Simmons offers a prayer for thanksgiving:
Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good.
Blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him
Oh fear the Lord, you His saints,
For those who fear him have no lack
The young lions want and suffer hunger,
But those who seek the Lord lack for no good.
My father seldom called me the right name. First he called me his sister’s name, then mother’s before he landed on mine. Once my aunt died, I requested he drop out her name, but he didn’t. I can’t criticize him, though, because I messed up my kids names. Even worse, I’ve used the cat’s name by mistake. LOL.
Recently, a young father complained on facebook about confusing his kid’s names. I welcomed him to the joys of parenting.
My guest this week was Lori Wildenberg. She gave amazing advice about how to connect with your child, and how to empower them. Plus, have you thought about the difference between helping and enabling? She clears up that issue. Listen and enjoy!
Princess Beatrice has been flashing her new engagement ring, and the media has been showing photos of other royal rings for comparison. How fun to ooh and ah over the size and cost of each However, because platinum is rare, it’s worth even more.
I had five children, and each child had different strengths. In fact, the first two seemed so opposite, I wondered what the third child would be like while I was pregnant.
Both girls struggled with math, and so I used Saxon math in my homeschool because that text keeps reviewing. Once the girls learned a concept, I didn’t want them to forget. When my son came along, I used the same book, and he missed a lot of problems too. However, when he entered college, I learned my son excelled at math.
That puzzled me, so I asked him why he found math hard. He told me math wasn’t difficult. It was boring.
He had a strength and I didn’t know it.
My guest this week was Analyn Miller. She and her husband wrote Play to Their Strengths, and they explain how to look for areas where your child is strong.
I’ve never enjoyed going through clothes. Years ago my mother-in-law gave me a bag of old clothes for the kids in varying sizes and colors. I stuck them in the attic and prayed they would all match when I brought them down in the spring.
Thank goodness my closet door stays closed because my clothes are often a mess.
However, I’ve learned all sorts of new things from Kathryn Graves. She’s an author who loves to organize closets and drawers, and she also discusses fashion tips. She was my guest this week, so tune in and enjoy.
The homeschool movement started just after I married, and the idea fascinated me. I wanted to do it myself, but I gave birth to my third child about the time my oldest would have started kindergarten. Homeschooling with an infant seemed impossible, so I put my daughter in our church school.
What a big mistake! My daughter was very sensitive and too young to put into a classroom situation. She disobeyed and became hard to handle, and we all missed the sweet girl she had been. Now I realize that’s how she handled stress. We decided to homeschool and took her out of kindergarten.
But I was terrified. The moment I started, I felt a huge weight descend on me. I had dreams of ruining my children. However, i adjusted to the new routine and school went well. I kept going when I realized my children thrived and had good manners. I ended up teaching all five through high school.
My guest yesterday was Jennifer Henn. She also taught her three children through high school and wrote the book, Take the Mystery Out of Homeschool. Her ideas can help the newbie or the seasoned teacher.
The North and South operated different economies, and misunderstandings led to continual pressure during the mid-1800s. The two sides disagreed over slavery, states’ rights, and tariffs. Finally after Lincoln won the 1860 election, Southern states left to form their own country.
A bitter, bloody war fought between them lasted from 1861 to 1865. The battles caused the death of many soldiers and the deprivation of numerous civilians.
George Santana said, “Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.”
Author Cathy Gohlke was my guest this week. She has researched extensively and written two novels on the war. Cathy shares insights on what we can learn from this terrible time.