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Helpful Tips, Ordering Your Homeschool Day


So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.

Psalm 90:12
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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.

Helpful Tips for a New Homeschool Year

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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.

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!

Courtship, Dating, & Falling Away

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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.

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.

Joshua Harris

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

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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.

Two Generations Behind the Microphone


The Lord has done great things for us; we are glad.

Psalm 126:3
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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.

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

If this podcast has been an encouragement to you, would you consider leaving a star rating and review on iTunes? Each review makes the podcast more visible to other mamas, and it is my desire to spread the word so more moms will be encouraged. We really appreciate your help in this; thank you so much! Have a blessed week!

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
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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 my 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/

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

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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!

His Grace is Sufficient

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Remembering that God is always my refuge and strength gives me an undergirding that helps me to persevere through difficult times. On today’s podcast we are looking at Psalm 46 and remembering that we are never alone no matter our circumstances. I pray this episode will be an encouragement to you.

Trusting God Through the Changing Seasons

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In this episode Ruth talks about the difficulties of changing seasons in motherhood and how we can trust or Lord Jesus Christ through those changes.

The Bible Stands

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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.

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

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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!

When You Feel Like Quitting Homeschooling

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Welcome back to the Legacy Homeschool Reflections Podcast. In today’s episode I’m talking about what to do when you feel like throwing in the towel on homeschooling. I hope you will find fresh vision and encouragement to press on, to not grow weary, and to keep the long term perspective that will help you to persevere.

I know what it is to feel tired, weary, and discouraged. It is when we anchor our hearts in the eternal truths of God’s Word that we can have the strength we need to persevere I hope this episode encourages your heart.

Using the Right Measuring Stick

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In today’s episode of the podcast I am encouraging you to measure your success in homeschooling with the right measuring stick. I pray that you will be encouraged! Have a blessed week!

Remembering God’s Amazing Love

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In today’s episode of the podcast we discuss the great love of God for us. His love calls, redeems, justifies, sanctifies, and glorifies us. As the old Wesley hymn says, “Amazing love, how can it be, that thou my God would die for me?”

Then we go on to discuss how we can extend the love we have been given to our families, giving them a beautiful picture of Christ’s love for them too. I hope you will be blessed! 

As always, please keep in touch. I love to hear from listeners. You can follow me on facebook @legacyhomeschoolreflections or just look up Ruth L Adams. Have a blessed week!

A Teacup Story

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Recently my oldest child turned eighteen! I really wanted to make her celebration extra special, so she and I planned an elegant tea party for her special day.

In today’s podcast I talk about some of the things that were shared at the tea party, and I hope you enjoy the story of the teacup! Have a blessed week, friends!

Homeschool Burnout

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Good morning, Friends! It’s a new week to glorify God in our hearts and homes. I hope this episode of the podcast will be an encouragement to your hearts. It is my reflection back on how I believe being homeschooled was a blessing in my life. If you are struggling to get through this winter season, I hope this encourages you to press on looking forward with a long term vision. Have a wonderful week!

Gleaning Wisdom from Charles and Susie

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Welcome back to the latest episode of the Legacy Homeschool Reflections Podcast. The subject for today’s episode is gleaning wisdom from Charles Spurgeon and his wife Susannah. I loved chatting with my husband Matt, and we pray you will be encouraged!

We touched on various topics today, but we tried to make a lot of our gleanings applicable to marriage and raising a family. You can listen here:

May the Lord bless you this week, and may we all be found faithful in loving Christ and discipling our families. Blessings to you all!

The Blessings of Family Worship

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Goodmorning Everyone, I just returned from our vacation house, in Ohio’s Amish country, where my husband and I recorded this podcast together. The subject of our discussion today is all about family worship; we talk about why it is important, ideas for cultivating the practice in our homes, and blessings we have seen from it. We pray that you will be encouraged.

I would love to hear your ideas for family worship and what this looks like in your family. May the Lord bless you, and thank you for listening to the podcast!

Remembering the Love of God During Valentine’s Week

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This is Valentine’s week, and on today’s podcast I am talking about resting in the love of God and extending that love to those around us.

Would you consider sharing this podcast with your friends? My prayer is that more ladies will hear about the podcast and receive encouragement for the journey. May the Lord bless you this week and may we all remember how great is the love of God towards us.

Blessing the Lord at All Times

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Welcome to episode 48 of the Legacy Homeschool Reflections Podcast. Today we are taking a look at Psalm 34 and finding encouragement to live a lifestyle of blessing the Lord at all times.

May the Lord be with you as we start another week and seek to proclaim His praises in all that we do. I appreciate you listening and would love it if you would share with your friends about the podcast. Have a wonderful week!

Seeking an Eternal Perspective with Katie LaPierre

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Hello Friends! I am really excited over this week’s episode of the podcast. I had such a great time interviewing Katie LaPierre about her brand new 31 Day Devotional and Journal. This resource is meant to encourage women towards an eternal perspective in their roles as wives and mothers.

Katie had so many wise things to share, so I encourage you to tune in and listen and to check out her ministry and new book! May we all be looking upward and setting our eyes on things above this week. Blessings to you all!

Connect with Katie at https://katielapierre.org

A-Z Encouragements for Busy Mamas

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Good morning, Ladies! As we start this new week I want to offer you some encouragement from the Word of God. In this episode of the Legacy Homeschool Reflections Podcast I go through the alphabet sharing a little nugget of encouragement for each letter. I hope your heart is strengthened as we remember the heart of the Father towards us and the strength and enablement He provides when we abide in Him.

I would be so grateful if you would leave a review on iTunes and share this podcast with your friends. Thank you for listening, and I pray this is a blessing to you! Have a great week!

Training the Hearts of Our Children Towards Obedience Part II

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Welcome back for part two of my interview with Crystal Wagner on the importance of training the hearts of our children towards obedience. Last week we focused on the importance, need for and blessings of training. This week we will be talking about some practical ways of training the hearts of our children towards obedience and respect. In this episode Crystal shares some great ideas for training while gaining the heart of the child, and I think you will be blessed!

You can find Crystal Wagner and her posts and resources on obedience all over at http://www.triumphantlearning.com

Training Our Children Towards Obedience / Part 1 of My Interview with Crystal Wagner

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Hello Friends,
It is another week for us to seek the Lord and serve Him as we nurture our families for His glory. I think you are in for a treat the next two weeks as I am posting my recent interviews with homeschool mom and speaker Crystal Wagner.
Part one of our discussion is about the importance of training our children to obey while getting to their hearts, and part two will get more into the practical side of how to do this. I think you will enjoy what Crystal has to share.
If you are enjoying the podcast, would you consider leaving a quick review on Amazon and also sharing the podcast with your friends? That would bless me so much; thank you!
Oftentimes this winter season can be long for homeschool moms, and sometimes we need renewed vision to press into the work of training our children. I pray this two part recording will encourage us all to not grow weary but to diligently train our children as the Lord has called us to do.
I hope that you can connect with Crystal through her media sites and be encouraged. Blessings to you all!
Love,
Ruth

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12 Replies to “Podcast”

  1. My children and even my grandchildren are almost all grown but I do remember those homeschooling years. It can be hard at times. As I’ve listened to my own children and friends with their homeschooling experiences, it seems like the first year is the hardest before you figure out what really works but I know there can be other struggles, as well. What a blessing that you have a podcast to help other homeschoolers.

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