When People Don’t Understand Why You Are Different

When Scene 5 opens in He is Near, Mimosa’s home village is loud and lively. It took some coaching to get our actors and actresses comfortable with that, but by opening night last Thursday, they had it. In fact, the same was true for the entire play. Whether they had to act playful or mean, thoughtful […]

You Can Plant Seeds Like Amy Carmichael

The play, “He Is Near,” performed by homeschoolers in Cookeville, Tennessee, last week told the story of Northern Ireland-born missionary Amy Carmichael and people God touched through her ministry in southern India, in particular a girl named Mimosa. The story begins in the garden at Dohnavur Fellowship, which Amy founded in 1901 when a girl named Preena, […]

Good News About Homeschoolers

My heart is overflowing with gratitude this morning, as I share good news with you. We hear much bad news in the world; today I have three good news stories. Good News from Cookeville, Tennessee One hundred seventeen homeschooled students performed “He Is Near: A True Story About Amy Carmichael and the God She Shared in […]

Lois Lenski, Children’s Author

One of my favorite memories of our homeschool years was the year we studied regions of America. That’s when I discovered old and frayed hardcover editons of Lois Lenski’s regional fiction books in the Urbana Free Library. I guess the most famous of Lenski’s regional books is Strawberry Girl, which won the Newbery Medal in 1946. […]

Why Homeschool?

Twenty-seven years ago, Ray and I were in the final stages of making the decision to start homeschooling. Our children were about to enter 1st, 4th, and 6th grades, and it was almost time for school to start. We went back and forth and back and forth. Should we or shouldn’t we? We have known lots of people […]