by Lorraine Espenhain | Journaling is for technicians, janitors, gardeners, nurses, moms, dads, students, and starving artists! It’s not just for writers.Read More »
“Hello God, Are You Up There?” When He ‘Doesn’t Answer’ Our Prayers… or Does He?
by Lorraine Espenhain | Our prayers will be answered by God, not because we have succeeded in getting God to see things our way, but because He has succeeded in changing our heartsRead More »
Parental Report Card?
As homeschoolers, we all feel warm and fuzzy all over when Johnny finally masters his ABCs or Susie successfully memorizes her multiplication table. In moments like these, it’s easy to ...Read More »
3 Ways to Teach Our Children the Joy of Writing
by Lorraine Espenhain | Writing can be a lot of fun, and it can usher our children into glorious realms which they never knew existed.Read More »
How to Get a Speed-Reader to Remember What they Read
by Lorraine Espenhain | I have a fourteen-year-old daughter who struggles horribly when it comes to reading comprehension.Read More »
Why ‘Living in God’ is Actually Pretty Practical… and Crucial
by Lorraine Espenhain | Why couldn’t God have provided a job for my husband in Philadelphia? Why did He feel the need to uproot me from my comfort zone?Read More »
Got Books? Why Boredom Doesn’t Stand a Chance…
by Lorraine Espenhain | Books are my weakness. I will spend money on books before I do on clothing, curtains, or new furniture.Read More »
How to Tell if the Holy Spirit Is Alive In You
by Lorraine Espenhain | The Holy Spirit is the life of the Church. If the Holy Spirit did not dwell in the midst of the Church, the Church would be...Read More »
Be Reconciled with Others – Why It’s Crucial
by Lorraine Espenhain | No matter how noble our work for Him may be, be reconciled to our brother whom we have offended. God desires mercy, not sacrifice.Read More »
Why Reading and Rosaries Saves Souls… Especially My Kids!
by Lorraine Espenhain | For a while, after the dinner dishes were done, my family would gather around the dining room table, pray the Rosary, and then go into the family room, where I would read aloud a chapter a night from a book about one of the saints.Read More »
How To Organize Your Thoughts… Without Cramping Your Brain
by Lorraine Espenhain | Once a month, I host a book reading club for Catholic homeschooling moms in my home. I like to use these monthly meetings as an excuse to try out new recipes on those gathered under my roof. If the response is favorable, I then make the dish for my family.Read More »
The Divine Paradox: How I Learned to Hold On By Letting Go
by Lorraine Espenhain | A paradox is a statement or situation that seems to contradict itself. For example, it has been said of the ocean: “Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink!” Those who take Christ at His Word, and are not afraid to put that Word into practice in their lives, eventually discover what I call the Divine Paradox of Christianity.Read More »
When Satan Comes to Call: Dealing With Temptation… and God’s Love
Because of our fallen nature, you and I are going to be subject to all sorts of temptations for the rest of our lives. There is no point in our lives – no matter how old we are – when we are going to be able to lose our vigilance when it comes to temptation.Read More »
When God’s the Pitcher, Do You Trust the Curve Balls?
Blessed are those who do not stumble or become hindered in their faith when Christ does not act according to the plans and preconceived ideas they’ve worked out in their own minds concerning how things will go in their lives and how God will move in their lives as well.Read More »
The Secret To Happiness: A Mother’s Letter
Do you know what an aspiration is? An aspiration is a strong desire to do something, be something, or possess something. People have many different aspirations. Some aspire to be musicians, doctors, or librarians. Some aspire to go to college, while others aspire to go right into the workforce. Some aspire to be priests or religious brothers or sisters, while others aspire to be good husbands and wives. There are as many aspirations as there are people in the world.Read More »
What Happens if I Fail at Homeschooling?
My twin sister recently told me about a woman in her church who was faithful and devout. This woman did everything she could to keep her children from the world. She even home schooled them in order to preserve them for Christ. And yet, in the end, one of her children went the way of the world and even ended up on drugs.Read More »
A Room A Day Keeps The Frustration Away
Psst! Are you one of those people who slowly become unraveled and unglued when you get behind on your housecleaning? If you are, pour yourself a cup of tea and sit down. I want to talk to you. If dust bunnies don’t bother you, sit with me anyway.Read More »
Celebrate the Simple Moments of Life! Lattes and Cinnamon Rolls Count.
I am convinced – utterly convinced – that if we all got together more often in order to celebrate the simple occasions in life, we would be a happier people. Each generation seems to be growing more and more isolated than the generation that preceded it. American society is fast becoming an isolated society.Read More »
“Mommy, I’m not living the American Dream!”
One year ago, one of my daughters was given a gift subscription to American Girl Magazine. When the subscription ran out, I chose not to renew it even though my daughter wanted me to.Read More »
Homeschooling With A Limp: This Mom Won’t Quit
Tonight I’m making chicken noodle soup for dinner. I need the comfort that it brings to me because today my meds aren’t working. One of the hardest challenges that I face as a homeschooling mother is dealing with hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid gland).Read More »