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A Couple of Announcements & A ***** GIVEAWAY *****

Hello to all my fellow mothers who homeschool!

I have to tell you, as the calendar rolled from 2018 to 2019, I could hardly believe it. How did another year pass by so quickly?

I don't ever get used to the speed at which life travels. And maybe that's a good thing. Maybe I need to be aware of the days and weeks, and feeling like time is flying by helps me to refocus, slow down, and be present in the "right now".

I have a couple of things to mention, but I also wanted to share about a GIVEAWAY that I am going to host here on my blog.

I am giving away one paperback copy of the devotional book "Whispers of Hope: 10 Weeks of Devotional Prayer" by Beth Moore.

This book sells for $14.99 at bookstores and on Amazon. And one person will be mailed a physical copy as soon as this GIVEAWAY comes to an end!

All you need to do to enter is A) post a comment on this blog post to tell me what you are most excited about OR are most dreading in 2019 or B) find me on …
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"There is something infinitely better than doing a great thing for God, and the infinitely better thing is to be where God wants us to be, to do what God wants us to do, and to have no will apart from His." - G. Campbell Morgan


Whew! Homeschooling is a long, long road, isn't it?

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