As Seasons Change

According to dictionary.com, idealism can be defined as the cherishing or the pursuit of high principles, goals, and apparently, I need to add the word: curriculum to that definition!   Based on the below photo, taken shortly before the new school year, I was an optimist, or to say the very least, a dreamer. For […]

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Take My Hand

Once upon a time, there was a mommy who loved her girls very much.  Though her daughters had started their journeys in different provinces of China, their stories were similar.  Their mommy prayed that someday they would become best friends.  She hoped they would be able to love each other, to encourage when one was […]

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Adjusting . . . One Day at a Time

I cannot believe that I have four children!  So much has happened since we jumped off the plane from China with our daughters in our arms.  Adjustment #1: For starters, I now home school our two boys while our daughters attend a local Christian school.  This seems to be a good fit for our family […]

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Putting History on the Line

I love history.  My favorite genres have always been historical fiction, biographies, autobiographies, and journals.  However, I have always had a challenging time remembering the sequence of time periods; this was the same for many of my students in years past. I do strongly believe, though, that we will spend a life time organizing historical […]

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Autumn Beginning

“[T]hat old September feeling, left over from school days, of summer passing, vacation nearly done, obligations gathering, books and football in the air … Another fall, another turned page: there was something of jubilee in that annual autumnal beginning, as if last year’s mistakes had been wiped clean by summer.” ― Wallace Stegner, Angle of […]

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Wisler’s Wish . . .

 

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Back-to-School: Basement Style

So, we’ve spent the last three months (Thank-you, Jeff!) converting our daylight basement into a living space.   My oldest son has a bedroom downstairs; the remaining part of the basement now houses a laundry room, a family room, and a homeschooling room.  Even though we still need to install the pellet fireplace (later in October), […]

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Gotcha Day?

Okay, so today, July 28,  is our oldest daughter’s fourth Gotcha Day.  We share this special family time with our friends and their daughter Emily, who was also adopted from China in 2008.  Lately, I’ve been seeing some Facebook posts about whether or not one should even celebrate this day; some are even concerned that […]

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Being a Family

Recently, there have been many stories in the news regarding international adoption. Stories about corruption and trafficking, about unethical agencies and uncaring parents, about abuse and about neglect, about unprepared families and uninvolved agencies, but are those stories really the truth about what international adoption is? In the face of these stories, the Joint Council […]

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Springs and Steeples: Missing Directives within the Church Concerning the Care of Orphans

Jinan, in the province of Shandong, China, is known as the City of Springs.  Lovely fountains rise up in aquatic splendor waiting to be seen.  Travelers are informed regarding the springs; and opportunities to visit are made available.  These beautiful waters, though, cry out; but only a few are heard.  Towers of strength against a […]

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