Lessons Learned by Observing Our Children

By: Julie Paulsen

HeatherPatenaude111313Do you have family stories that are told repeatedly? Stories how Suzie broke both her wrists at the same time, or your all-American family vacation that turned into a nightmare?  And ladies, how many times have you recounted every detail of your birth stories?  We’re women, who bothers counting, it’s the story shared most with girlfriends?  In our house it was the “Story of the Crib Toy.”

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Dorothy ~ A Prayer Warrior

By: Julie Paulsen

DorthyAs many of you know, I’m in the way, way, Beyond Bath Time season!  But I can still get down on my knees by the tub to scrub-a-dub-dub our grandchildren!  I’d like to introduce you to my friend, Dorothy, who is in the stage of life where all she can do is scrub behind a child’s ear, so to speak.  But at the age of 97 this woman of God is so much more to her family and friends.  On Wednesday mornings at 7 a.m., she sits by me at our weekly prayer meeting where I glean first hand from her humble wisdom poured out from a life lived by faithfully walking and talking with God.

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Grandma’s Perspective on School Choice

We added Grandma Julie Paulsen to our blog team after our school choice series. She wanted to chime in on her thoughts about school choice from a grandma’s perspective!

By:Julie Paulsen

1094035_10151765099481346_1597773429_oHave you ever believed in something so much that you can’t imagine your child choosing any other belief than yours in their adult years?  For me this belief was home education.   It was 1984 when we realized our youngest child, at ten years old, was desperately struggling in all areas of education based on phonics.  As a couple we did the research and made the decision to pull her out of school for a year or two and ground her in phonics before sending her back to public school.  When our other children were told of the plan they asked us to, “Please, keep us home, too!”  Thus began our family journey into home schooling.  Initially it was a one, maybe two year goal, but after a few months it was evident to my husband and me that home educating was a perfect fit for our family.

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Holy30 ~ Psalms 63:1

By: Julie Paulsen

cream-floral-design-powerpoint-backgrounds (1)Ps 63:1 Oh God, You are my God, I shall seek you earnestly, My soul thirsts for You

Is this a “thirsty” season of life for you?  Are you a dehydrated Mom looking for a quiet moment to think, or for all your children to nap simultaneously?  Are you thirsty for meaningful conversation with your husband or maybe a simple meal with no milk or food on the floor?

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Holy30 ~ 1 John 2:15

What is Holy30?

By Julie Paulsen

cream-floral-design-powerpoint-backgrounds (1)1 John 2:15 Do not love the world nor the things in the world, If anyone love the world the love of the Father is not in him

Every now and then my husband lovingly refers to me as, “Lucy!”  It’s always after I’ve had a Lucy moment, you know the kind.  In my most recent Lucy moment I prayed for no surprise visitors to show up knocking at my door, even my family wouldn’t care to drop by that day, not into my stinky home!   In a few days I was to serve a wedding rehearsal dinner for a friend and was so very pleased with myself for planning ahead.  I put some eggs on to boil then went to the computer, “for just a few minutes!”  Those few minutes turned into enough minutes to send a rotten smell wafting to the other end of the house where I was busy working….or, should I say playing at the computer!

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