Mommy Jammies Night – Heidi St. John

“Keeping Christ the Center of Your Homeschool”

“Keeping Christ the Center of your Homeschool” with Heidi St. John

When was the last time that you were undone by your thirst for God?  Staying connected to God and being in the word with our children is so vital for homeschooling and disciplining our children. Heidi shares her heart and passion to encourage families to dig into the Word together and grow closer to God in this podcast, “Keeping Christ in the Center of Your Homeschool”. Grab your bibles and prepare to be encouraged.

Heidi St. John has been married to her husband Jay since 1989. Together they have seven children from toddler to adult and have homeschooled all the way through high school. A favorite conference and radio speaker, Heidi approaches marriage and parenting with humor and grace. Her passion to encourage moms and set them free to be who God has created them to be will bless and encourage you. Connect with Heidi at her blog The Busy Mom, on Facebook, on Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

Head on over to the blog to get a FREE two-week sample of a family devotional by Heidi and her hubby called Firmly Planted! 

 

Mommy Jammies Night – Connie Hughes

“Having the Courage to Allow God to do Amazing Things in Your Life”

Having the Courage to Allow God to do Amazing Things in Your Life

Taking a leap of faith takes courage. Whether you are thinking of homeschooling, becoming a stay at home mom, or beginning any new endeavor, be encouraged! If you are in God’s will, He is with you! Listen as Connie reminds us of Bible and historical characters who had the courage to allow God to do amazing things in their lives.

Connie is a former public school teacher, turned homeschool mom of 8. She and her husband of 29 years raise their 8 children together in the country in the rowdiest house on their road. Connect with Connie at her blog SmockityFrocks.com, on Facebook, on Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

Use the code “Jammies” to receive HALF OFF one or both of Connie’s devotional ebooks “How to Manage Your Mouth – A 30 Day Wholesome Talk Challenge” and “How to Manage Your Mouth –  A 30 Day Wholesome Talk Challenge FOR KIDS“.

Homeschooling With a Large Family

Large Family Homeschooling Podcast

Homeschooling with a Large Family

Are you homeschooling 1, 2, 3 or 4 children? You may or may not think you are homeschooling a large family. Honestly, there are days I do think homeschooling 3 children is quite a bit different from homeschooling 1 or 2 children. However, I KNOW homeschooling 3 children is different from 4 or more.

I have learned a few ways of homeschooling my children. We have some subjects we learn as a family and a few I teach based on zones or combined teaching as I am able with my children.

While I love helping any Mom get her footing on solid ground with homeschooling, I know that I can’t really do a LOT to help Moms with more than 4 children. So, today, I have special guest, Amy (Raising Arrows) who currently has 7 children on earth and one in Heaven. She writes amazing posts helping Moms in their homes with organization, school and more than that, as a wife. Amy has also written an eBook called: Large Family Homeschooling I know you will want to read. So, I can’t wait for you to listen to today’s podcast.

You can find Amy on: her blog, facebook, twitter, google+, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest

Homeschooling with a Large Family has been sponsored by Kerry Beck at How To Homeschool My Child. You can find Kerry on her website, YouTubeFacebook, Twitter, G+ and Pinterest.

Mommy Jammies Night – Brooke McGlothlin

“How to Control Your Emotions, So They Don’t Control You”

Join LaToya and her guest Brooke McGlothlin May 8th at 9pm EST. Brooke will be talking about How to Control Your Emotions, So They Don't Control You! | MommyJammiesNight.comImagine what your life would be like if you could keep your emotions from spiraling out of control? What kind of changes would that bring in your home, to your job, to your relationships? If having more peace in your relationship with God, your children, co-workers, friends, and spouse sounds like something you need, Brooke can help you find the answers.

Brooke McGlothlin is Co-founder of Raising Boys Ministries, where moms and dads come to discover delight in the chaos of raising boys. You can find her writing about fighting for the hearts of her sons at the MOB Society blog, or living a life in pursuit of Jesus at her personal blog, www.brookemcglothlin.com. She’s the author of the newly released Praying for Boys: Asking God for the Things They Need Most, and co-author of Hope for the Weary Mom: Where God Meets You in Your Mess.

A normal day finds Brooke homeschooling her two boys, wrangling two large Labs, Toby and Siri, writing to bring hope to the messes of life (in the midst of her own messy life), and falling more and more in love with the man she’s had a crush on since the third grade (who just happens to be her husband).

Facebook group for moms struggling with their emotions: No More Angry MOB

5 Day Challenge: Fighting for those Hard to Handle Boys (or girls)

You can get a pdf copy of Brooke’s book for only $1.99: How to Control Your Emotions So They Don’t Control You!  Just use code NOMOREANGRYMOB 

Mommy Jammies Night – Shirley Solis

“Why You Were Told Being a SuperMom is a Myth and Why They Lied to You”

Join LaToya and her guest Shirley Solis as she talks about "Why You Were Told Being a SuperMom is a Myth and Why They Lied to You!" Moms are often told they are not supermom…as if being a supermom is a myth! Really???!!! You mean it’s not super to not get any sleep through the night and still get up early to feed your family breakfast, do laundry, clean the house, do school with the kids, work, make lunch, make dinner, drive the kids around, keep romance in marriage and still manage to make it out alive? Being a supermom is not a myth…YOU ARE SUPER! And Shirley is going to re-affirm who you already are…and her goal is to finally get you to believe it! Finally…someone who acknowledges who you really are and does not try to make you less than what you are worth!

Shirley Solis is on a family mission, along with her husband of 20 years and their 6 children (ages 18 to 4), to ignite the next generation of powerful families to live with purpose, passion and contribution. Her passions include family, culture and business. These are clearly reflected in her most recent works, which include Building Character with Children (an online training course for parents), her best-selling cookbook Not Just Tacos and her VIP Program for Mompreneurs. If you are ready for transparency, vulnerability and a little Latin flair, then you are gonna love this episode.

Shirley has a parenting webinar that focuses on building character in your children. It’s great stuff!  free videos with some awesome parenting tips (building new habits, teaching your children to do chores and more!)

Mommy Jammies Night – Kim Sorgius

“Parenting in a Broken World: Finding HIM Faithful”

It’s been said that your kids are only as healthy as you are. In a sense, that is true. What will you do with the unthinkable? In a world full of brokenness, heartache and trials, we must find God faithful if we are to survive. It’s what I like to call the “Joseph principle.” The choices we make in the storm will make all the difference: for us and for our children. Come and be encouraged today, as together we bask in HIS love and His promise that we will never be consumed. (Isaiah 43:2)

Kim Sorgius is a passionate homeschooler, mother of 4 sweet kids, and a life-long student. After teaching 8 years in public school, she traded her M.A. in Early Childhood Education for sippy cups and homeschool co-ops. Kim is the author of Not a Statistic: Parenting in a Broken World.These days she can be found writing at Not Consumed and The Homeschool Village, where she daily encourages women to find God faithful in the storms of life.

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Mommy Jammies Night – Felice Gerwitz

Felice no date“Lemonade from Lemons, Mommy Style”

As Felice was praying about her topic for Mommy Jammies Night, she asked her husband and he gave her the title! This has been a topic on her heart for years — seeing many marriages fail, homes lost and inter-family struggles Felice knows that many families have problems. How we deal with these problems is what sets us apart as Christians.

Felice Gerwitz is a Christian wife and mother. She has five children, three graduated and two she is still homeschooling. Felice is an author, a publisher and the founder of the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network and podcast host of Vintage Homeschool Moms, Ultimate Homeschool Radio & moderates the Current Issues and the Constitution.

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Facebook – Media Angels Publishing

When Life Crashes In

 Lunch with Meredith & FeliceLet’s face it – none of us live perfect lives – at least Meredith Curtis and I (Felice Gerwitz) will admit we don’t! So what do you do when Life Crashes IN? How do you handle stress and what is the first thing you should do? Listen to this broadcast from two women who have experienced life’s stresses and share their tips with you.

Learn how to turn lemons into lemonade – Felice will be hashtaging #lemonadefromlemons

Felice will discuss this topic at length at the MommyJammiesNight.com episode with host, LaToya Edwards.

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Lemonade from Lemons

Felice no dateLemonade from Lemons Mommy Style

We’ve all done it – you know, made a bad situation better. We pull out our “Mommy Capes” and race head-long into trouble with a prayer that the Lord will help us figure it out, and quick!

The one incident that comes immediately to mind is the time we planned to go river rafting in North Florida, in early August. The national park was beautiful and we had enjoyed a wonderful weekend of camping. Other than my children getting in trouble for feeding the deer with my delicious fruit salad, the week-end had gone without a hitch. The weather was hot but beautiful under the shade trees and if you wonder – yes, we have air-conditioning in our “pop-up” trailer, a microwave and mini-frig.

This camping trip included my brother and his wife. She wasn’t the camping type but then, I assured her either was I! I knew she would enjoy it if she just gave it a try. Well, that was before the river-rafting trip.

We had just rented our large rafts from what we thought was a reputable place and two minutes down the road my brother’s raft was flat as a pancake atop his SUV. We called to alert him of the fact and we both pulled over to the shoulder. A quick trip back to the seller, with us following, yielded disappointing results. The vendor would not replace the raft nor refund our money. What to do! We had paid cash. The weather at that point looked ominous and the rain clouds were pouring in at an alarming rate. This park was 8 hours from where I lived so a trip back would not happen in the near future. The kids knew this.

I felt the Lord had protected us from being out on the river in a bad storm. I had peace.

My brother and sister-in-law, not so much.

They ranted at the sales person and it was so bad, my husband walked back to our car. I had stayed in the car with the kids and began to lead them in a prayer. For our disappointment, and for this unethical vendor!

We had already packed up our gear, and after the rafting trip we had planned to head home. It appeared our trip home would begin a bit earlier than we planned. I called my brother (whatever would we do without cell phones) and told him it was futile. This wasn’t the type of business you could report to a business bureau! My brother finally convinced his wife to let it go, and we were on the road again. The kids were disappointed, yes we could have continued without my brother but then it was not setting a good example. Family sticks together.

He who pursues righteousness and loyalty Finds life, righteousness and honor. Proverbs 21:21.

I asked my brother to meet us on a particular exit that I knew had soft-serve ice-cream and I alerted the children that a surprise was in store up-ahead. Ice-cream is not an equal substitute for river-rafting, but they saw the benefit. It was nothing as opposed to something! By this time my sister-in-law and brother had calmed down and they realized the storm was heading our way rapidly and we definitely would be drenched if we had ventured out into the river.

Big hugs from my kids and a thank-you made it all better – for me anyway.

This situation is something I’ve wanted to share with others, but the opportunity never came up until now! I’m speaking at the Mommy Jammies Night, with host, LaToya Edwards on February 11 at 9PM. The link will be posted here after the event. For now – visit the Mommy Jammies Night page for details.

How have your turned a bad situation into a good one? Share with us! We all need the encouragement.

Home For Learning

I’ve just officially named my blog and while Learning at Home sounds better than Home for Learning you can’t be picky when choosing a domain name these days! The word “blog” had to go – and my on-again-off-again blogging schedule is going as well! It’s not that I didn’t write blog posts, I just never finished them.

Here’s my problem. I use too many words!

And, by the time I completed a blog post I found what I really had was a mini-e-book! Can any of you bloggers relate? Well, short and pithy really isn’t in my vocabulary but as I learn the art of blogging I’ve decided I’ll break up my blogs into posts rather than try to write everything I want to say in one blog post. So, be ready for a series of post on one topic! As always if there is a particular topic you want to learn about let me know. Homeschooling since the dinosaurs roamed the earth in 1986 has to count for something. [For you purists out there — no the dinosaurs did not roam the earth in 1986.]

Many of you have written to us in the blog post early on, when I asked the question about the type of radio show you’d like to hear. We are very close to fulfilling that list, with a few more holes to go. I enjoy podcasts that I can listen to on my phone and I find I learn so much. My children enjoy them as well and I’m happy that we are able to provide two podcastts that have information for teens and more to come. [Current Issues & the Constitution as well as Dollars & Sense]

I’m always learning about shortcuts to cleaning, cooking or even time management. What are you learning about, share it with us!