Helpful Tips, Ordering Your Homeschool Day


On last week’s podcast we discussed having our homeschools rooted in Christ and in loving family relationships. Today we are going to turn to the practical nuts and bolts of structuring our homeschool days in an efficient way that brings cohesiveness to the family.

So teach us to number our days
    that we may get a heart of wisdom. – Psalm 90:12

Legacy Homeschool Reflections Podcast 69: More Helpful Tips For The New School Year

Every family is unique, and what works in my homeschool may not be the right fit for your family, but I do think having some kind of plan in place will serve our families well. I have found that at least having a loose flow of events in place helps create smoother flowing days.

For more homeschool and family discipleship encouragement I encourage you to check out these resources:

Click here to find my book: https://www.amazon.com/Legacy-Reflections-Homeschooled-Homeschooling-Mama/dp/1973737825/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Legacy+Reflections+of+a+Homeschooled+Homeschooling+Mama&qid=1563892660&s=gateway&sr=8-1

Click here to find my husband’s book to encourage homeschool dads: https://www.amazon.com/Ordinary-Homeschool-Dad-Matthew-Adams/dp/1718950012/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=ordinary+homeschool+dad&qid=1563892741&s=gateway&sr=8-1

Helpful Tips for a New Homeschool Year

Hi Friends! Have you started back to homeschool yet? I have been purchasing school supplies and thinking about the year ahead. This episode of the podcast is about preparing for a new year of home education.


Legacy Homeschool Reflections Podcast 68: Helpful Tips For a New Homeschool Year

Oftentimes it is easy to get hyper focused on curriculum choices, schedules, and activities, but on today’s podcast I’m going to be trying to focus our thoughts on more important preparations. These priorities have to do with our relationships with the Lord and our families.

Next week I plan to follow up with some practical how-to tips, but for this week let’s focus on the foundational elements of a healthy family and homeschool environment. Thanks for listening!

Click here to find my book: https://www.amazon.com/Legacy-Reflections-Homeschooled-Homeschooling-Mama/dp/1973737825/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Legacy+Reflections+of+a+Homeschooled+Homeschooling+Mama&qid=1563892660&s=gateway&sr=8-1

Click here to find my husband’s book to encourage homeschool dads: https://www.amazon.com/Ordinary-Homeschool-Dad-Matthew-Adams/dp/1718950012/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=ordinary+homeschool+dad&qid=1563892741&s=gateway&sr=8-1

Courtship, Dating, and Falling Away

How should Christians pursue finding godly spouses? Is there a one size fits all formula for everyone? I don’t think so, but I do believe that there are Biblical principles that do work for all. I pray that this episode of the podcast offers encouragement for those who have been shaken by the Josh Harris news headlines the past couple of weeks.

Legacy Homeschool Reflections Podcast 67: Courtship, Dating, & Falling Away

Sadly, many today are wanting to throw out Biblical principles, and many are also diving into the deep pool of apostasy. Joshua Harris, author of I Kissed Dating Goodbye” has come out with some disturbing statements lately. Of all the alarming things he said, this one really pierces my heart. Josh said on Instagram that:

“The information that was left out of our announcement is that I have undergone a massive shift in regard to my faith in Jesus, “The popular phrase for this is ‘deconstruction,’ the biblical phrase is ‘falling away.’ By all the measurements that I have for defining a Christian, I am not a Christian. Many people tell me that there is a different way to practice faith and I want to remain open to this, but I’m not there now.”

Josh has recanted his book and has separated from his wife. He has furthermore come out in support of the LGBTQ+ community. He has denied the authority of the Word of God and said that his views about Jesus have undergone a massive shift.

In light of this heartbreaking news I asked my husband Matt to come on the podcast for a discussion on the topics of courtship, dating, and the widespread apostasy we are witnessing in the church today.

Our hearts are heavy for Josh and his wife Shannon and for all who are falling away from believing in the truth of God’s Word. I have been praying for them, and I hope that you will too.

Our intent in recording this episode was to bring hope to those of you who may be feeling shaken by this news and to seek to point us all back to Jesus, the gospel, and the unshakable authority of the Word of God.

Our desire is for us all to think Biblically and to use Biblical principles regardless of whether we use the term courtship or dating. Thank you for listening, and I would love to hear from you!

Less Pride, More Humility

Hello Friends, this week’s episode of the podcast is about pride versus humility. Our culture so values pride that we often forget that this is not a characteristic that pleases the Lord.

When pride comes, then comes disgrace,
but with the humble is wisdom. – Proverbs 11:2

Instead of pride the Bible teaches us that we should be humble before our God. Pride seems to be one of those deadly sins that often brings down people in devastating ways, and it is definitely something for us to guard against. May the Lord grant us grace to walk humbly with our God.

Click here to register for the Back 2 Homeschool Online Conference happening this week: https://teachthemdiligently.teachable.com/p/back2homeschool/?product_id=1215488&coupon_code=EARLYBIRD&affcode=357492_zhlby5oc&fbclid=IwAR0-tR2wlJD9zkG_arNhU6Il4rfuSJTzjhOYbgwLxDp1SpyxY0pytIxT1hw

Click here for a link to the devotional I mentioned in today’s podcast: https://www.amazon.com/Seasons-Heart-Devotions-Generation-Another/dp/1601782721/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=seasons+of+the+heart+donna+kelderman&qid=1563892599&s=gateway&sr=8-1

Click here to find my book: https://www.amazon.com/Legacy-Reflections-Homeschooled-Homeschooling-Mama/dp/1973737825/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Legacy+Reflections+of+a+Homeschooled+Homeschooling+Mama&qid=1563892660&s=gateway&sr=8-1

Click here to find my husband’s book to encourage homeschool dads: https://www.amazon.com/Ordinary-Homeschool-Dad-Matthew-Adams/dp/1718950012/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=ordinary+homeschool+dad&qid=1563892741&s=gateway&sr=8-1

Legacy Homeschool Reflections Podcast 66: Less Pride, More Humility

Two Generations of Homeschool Graduates Behind the Microphone!

The Lord has done great things for us; we are glad. – Psalm 126:3

Friends, time is marching on so quickly, I cannot believe that we have already graduated our oldest from our homeschool! I also cannot believe that four decades have passed since my own parents began homeschooling me back in those pre-historic days of the homeschooling movement.

On this episode of the Legacy Homeschool Reflections Podcast I sit down at the microphone and chat with my daughter about her experiences being homeschooled and also share from my own experiences so long ago.

h In talking to Lauren it is interesting that we both appreciate some of the same things about being homeschooled even though we were home educated in two very different eras.

It is our hope that by listening you will be encouraged for a new homeschool year. Sometimes it is very helpful just to remember what our end goals are and why we have chosen home education in the first place.

To me home education is about so much more than academics; it is a beautiful opportunity to build relationships with our children and to disciple their hearts for Christ.

As you approach a new homeschool year I encourage you to remember to seek first kingdom priorities. We can trust that everything else (including acadmemics) will be added when we seek the Lord first.

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you. – Matthew 6:33

For more homeschool encouragement I encourage you to check out my book Legacy Reflections of a Homeschooled Homeschooling Mama https://www.amazon.com/Legacy-Reflections-Homeschooled-Homeschooling-Mama/dp/1973737825  

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Talking About Our Big Move



It has been a good while since I have posted anything on this website or published a new podcast. As many of you know our family has been undergoing a huge transition from our farm to a smaller farm across town. I will be honest with you…..this has been really hard. It has been hard physically and emotionally leaving the farm we loved so much and adapting to change, but God has been faithful.

“God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” – I Corinthians 1:9

We are now fully moved into our new home, and while we still have a lot of unpacking to do, we are happy to finally be settling into our new place. On this episode of the podcast https://legacyhomeschoolreflections.blogspot.com/2019/07/legacy-homeschool-reflections-podcast.htmlmy husband Matt joins me again to talk about some of our experiences through this move, why we moved, and what the Lord has been teaching us through the move.

Thank you for stopping by and tuning into the podcast, and I would love to hear from you. You can find me on facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/legacyhomeschoolreflections/?eid=ARCK8ZS3ytq1cXIZwwYybHFWA7vrJ9meAB60_HSgULhUJVteiO0C5pO5DuZjVODIhf24keUxJdKB_SDR

Also, I am so grateful for each and every review listeners leave on iTunes. I read each one, and the reviews help the podcast to become more visible for other Mamas to find and be encouraged.

Have you recently moved? Are you thinking about moving? Do you live in the country or the city? I would love to hear your experiences and where the Lord currently has you. Wherever we are may we live fully for His kingdom purposes. Have a blessed week!

Choosing Higher Ground

Good morning, Friends! I hope that you Mamas had a blessed Mother’s Day yesterday. Our family went to church and then spent the rest of the day at our new house setting some things up. This move between houses is taking a lot of time, but we are making progress and excited over seeing this process eventually completed.

As we were loading the van yesterday, to drive back to our old house, my arms were loaded as I was trying to get myself and a lot of stuff into the passenger seat of the van. I had my phone in my hands and tragically set it in this little cubby on the van door. I knew I needed to quickly move it, but I just needed to set it there for a minute. At that same time a distraction came from a child in the back, so I turned around to see about that. At this very moment my dear husband came to close my door, because he is a gentleman like that. You should have heard the crack of the cell phone as it was split in half and the glass shattered. We both felt bad. I felt upset that I had put it in that cubby at all; I should have known better, and he felt bad that he shut the door. Of course we both feel bad that now we have to buy a new phone.

As we were driving home we passed a terrible accident above us on the freeway. Traffic was stalled, and we saw Life Flight flying away from the scene. At that moment we were reminded that our trials, such as a destroyed cell phone, are so trivial and small compared to something like this terrible wreck. It helped bring things into perspective.

After that we continued our hour long journey back to our old house, and some of our girls started singing some of their favorite Patch the Pirate songs which made my husband and I laugh. Some of the lyrics to some of his adventure songs are just full of wit and humor. I told the girls how thankful I was that they were singing, because it was cheering up my heart.

Now I need to take time to go get a new phone and hopefully restore my pictures from the old phone. That is my main concern. I have years of videos and pictures that I would be heartsick to lose. My husband was able to back up my phone to my laptop, so we think we will be ok.

Sometimes trials and frustrations come, but the Bible tells us to not be surprised by that. In today’s podcast I’m sharing on the topic of taking higher ground for the glory of God. Everyday we have choices as to the paths we will take, the priorities we will embrace, and the responses we will have to life circumstances. In all these things I hope that we will be encouraged to make choices that glorify Christ. This is not the way of the culture, but it is the way of the Lord. Our purpose is to bring Him glory. May you be encouraged and blessed today!

https://legacyhomeschoolreflections.blogspot.com/2019/05/legacy-homeschool-reflections-podcast_13.html

The Bible Stands

It’s Monday morning, and another week has been given us to serve the Lord in our homes. This week’s podcast is about the inerrancy, authority, and relativity of the Bible. https://legacyhomeschoolreflections.blogspot.com/2019/04/legacy-homeschool-reflections-podcast_22.html



Much is changing in our fast-paced world, but I find it very comforting that the Word of God is a constant that does not change. It stands firm in the heavens.

I pray that this podcast encourages you to look to God’s Word as your daily guide, to trust it, and to stand upon it as a solid foundation for your family. Let’s hold this one book above all others. Blessings to you all!

Consecrated Families

Welcome to this episode of the Legacy Homeschool Reflections Podcast where our topic is consecrating our families to the Lord and His service.

There are many areas that we can set apart or consecrate to our Lord, but in this podcast I touched on three of those areas. I discuss ideas for consecrating the areas of time, academics/learning and our affections especially in the area of entertainment. I pray that it will be an encouragement to you!
https://legacyhomeschoolreflections.blogspot.com/2019/04/legacy-homeschool-reflections-podcast_15.html

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