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Welcome!  Whether you are new to homeschooling or a seasoned pro, my prayer is that you would find this blog to be an encouragement.  Here you will find infomation on why you should Homeschool, how to start Homeschooling, choosing a Biblically based curriculum, tips, tricks and resources along with dealing with life as it happens.

As a mother of nine, believe me when I say that life happens!  But God’s grace has always been sufficient in the good, the bad and the ugly.  After 20 years of Homeschooling, I can truly say the rewards far out-weigh the sacrifices.  May God bless your Homeschool!

Kristen

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Life is Good!

We were presented with a challenge in our Sunday night service last night to spend the week focusing on all the good things in life. It really is an attitude of thankfulness to focus on how good life is. Should I be surprise that we are put to the test first thing this morning by waking up to a gloomy, rainy western New York spring day? For those of you who do not understand our weather, we can go for days or even weeks with never seeing the sun. Once it starts raining (or snowing) we never know how long it might last regardless of what the weather man says. It is particularly difficult in the spring because winter is filled with long stretches of gloomy skies. We are ready for sunshine, warmth, and flowers. As they saying goes, April showers bring May flowers. How we anticipate those May flowers as we sit in the gloom of the rain!

Isn’t that a lot like life? Sometimes we must go through the gloomy showers while holding onto the hope for a better day. I am going to choose to spend the day being thankful rather than focusing on the grey, gloomy weather outside my windows. I might even go so far as to thank the Lord for the rain because it is giving the plant life the stimulation it needs to spring forth very soon, bathing our grey and brown landscape with lush greenery and beautiful blooms. If you are going through a gloomy season in your life, I encourage you to muster up what little strength you may have and thank the Lord for something in your life. Look for more things to thank Him for. Before you know it you will have developed an ”attitude of gratitude” and might feel a bit better. I know I feel a little better about today even though it is rather dreary just because I am focusing on God’s goodness.

God Bless!

Kristen Pratt

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Suddenly

DebbieThis suddenly came in a phone call. Debbie is in terrible pain. They are rushing her to the emergency room. They think it is kidney stones. They found a small tumor and are sending her to a larger hospital. Testing. Waiting. Testing. Waiting. Tears. Prayers. Diagnosis. It’s a rare, aggressive cancer. Adrenal cancer. Miracle needed. More tears. More prayers. Not the average kind of prayers. The kind of prayers that unite a church in passionate prayer, the kind that keeps you awake at night. The kind where you wrestle with the angel of the Lord until He touches your friend. Then come the surgeries. Who can prepare you to hear they removed a tumor the size of a man’s head? Who can prepare you to witness a family coming together in tears, strong in faith, wrapping their arms around each other in earnest prayer, with a steadfast love for each other and strength beyond understanding? It is truly humbling.

I will always remember the first day I met Debbie. She came to a homeschool meeting with her very young daughter. She had the most beautiful long, red, curly hair that matched her daughter’s. It turns out I knew her husband’s family. I was so happy to meet her and to find out how her husband and in-laws were doing. We didn’t know it then but that was the day we began raising our children together. We went on field trips to fire stations, state parks, museums, and the library. Our families participated together in science fairs, project fairs, and all sorts of little events where our children displayed their talents whether through song, cooking, or sports. Debbie and I even came to lead for many years the homeschool group where we first met. The funny thing is we never realized through the birthday parties, picnics, skinned knees, and all those little things of life, that our families had become knitted together in friendship. Sometimes it takes a suddenly to realize how much people have come to mean to you.

As soon as people heard about Debbie, the offers to help began pouring in. I knew what was needed. I had been here before. What else do you do but step forward and begin organizing a benefit? It is something tangible people can do to show love and support to a family who has touched their community, touched their lives. It is something I can do. It is something I need to do. I once heard someone say that Jesus is the perfect theology. He prayed, and then fed the people. We see him retreat into solitude to spend time in sweet communion with the Father. Then he returns again among the people. He speaks. He eats. He lives among them. He touches them. He serves them. And so I try, in my imperfect way, to follow the example Jesus set for us. I have and continue to cry in prayer but I also must go out and serve.

This role of benefit coordinator is bittersweet. It gives opportunity to witness some of the most amazing people come together and pull off something bigger than themselves. There is such beauty in acts of selflessness. I know there are many such acts that happen every day among our family, friends, and churches. I realize I need to take the time to appreciate them more. But there is something about seeing it on such a grand scale that warms the heart and gives hope that the Lord is still at work among people. It truly moves me. Yet, I also know that every time I am called to participate in this beautiful role, it means there was a suddenly.

Blessings,

Kristen Pratt

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