On Grief

From the Ranch, a Poem

High up in the sky the sun 
the heat rising from the ground 
tears close to spill
 yet our hearts were tender still 

Miracles right from the start 
prayer a constant spark
 Connecting and strengthening 
In the waiting the Lord was growing tiny seeds in the dark

now before me an expanse 
that spoke of the glory of God 
A smile of miracles seen 
blooms into a sparkle in eyes -a deeper knowing of God

High up in the sky the sun 
the heat rising from the ground
 we enter pastures dresses in beauty all around
 beauty of beasts given by the creator 
beauty in places that astound

watching, touching, loving, 
knowing all this is gift a prayer and a dream 
the shade is comfortable we huddle close seeking shade 
yet, there’s more 
this was beautiful and healing 
and yet more He has in store

an Elijah moment before me
 in the stillness of the day 
the heat rising and oppressive 
we see  the winds pick up
 the branches sway and dance to rhythm the powerful breezes relay

stronger and stronger lifting dust and leaves 
Lifting and twisting in powerful air
the openness now seems dangerous 
But surprisingly it comforts us

just as our hearts began to quake
 And we looked around for shelter and escape
 a cold breeze on our skin the wind becomes breeze 
ushering a new coolness 
ushering peace that surpasses understanding 

the evening turns into a sweet haven 
a whisper of promises from heaven. 

a gentle breeze cool 
a heart poised to hear 
a tender caress from father God whispers, 
“ I see you, I hear you I am yours and you are my delight” 

High up in the sky the sun 
below the daughters of the Son 
a Lord who comes close 
heaven caresses wind blown hair sweet 
now praises rise from the ground

It’s been a year since my grandmother went to heaven. I still as if just yesterday I stood beside her bed and read Psalm 91 over her. Loving her my whole life has been one of my greatest blessings. From the moment she first held my hand to walk to town in Honduras to the moment she last held my hand at her table I knew I was loved. I’m so glad that my children also got to hold her hand because I know they felt the true and peaceful love only she could give. I will continue to remember her in the flowers, in the quiet afternoon coffee time, and in prayer. This year when I see new life grow in the garden I remember that she is whole, new, and full of life too. Te amo, Abuela.

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Ep.009 A HopeFull Farewell

Farewells can be hard but they can also be hopefull encounters that help us prepare for new beginnings. This small offering from our hearts to you was a labor of love. Although we must say goodbye for now we trust that you are not alone and so we bless you today in love. 

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Transcript:

Hi friends, what an honor to be back with you and yet a bittersweet moment of Farewell. For this is our last episode for now. With open hands we held this offering of being a companion to you as we navigate a new way of schooling. We have loved helping you find refreshment in the Lord and giving you a practical step to help you learn alongside your children. This small offering from our hearts to you was a labor of love.

We pray that your hearts will be strengthened by the Grace that Is in Christ Jesus. Although, we can not walk the rest of the way with you, we pray that you know that He walks with you- always. You are carried by Him and he remains your glory and the lifter of your head.

Friends, if like me this year has been a year of shedding and letting go for you, I pray that your heart will be sustained by his grace.
I pray that His love for you will come and settle your aching heart.
I pray that your eyes will remain fixed on Him as you experience his generosity towards you.

One thing I do know for sure and “ this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion, “ Says my soul, “ therefore I will hope in him.” Lamentations 3:21-24

So, once again I invite you to prayer. I am very aware of my forgetfulness and my self reliance and through prayer I can shed those and lean on his grace. I love this passage from the New Morning Mercies Devotional from Nov. 13th “ Real prayer is prayed in an attitude of what the Puritans called /importunity/, which is the condition of being troublesome or persistent because of a deep sense of urgency. It means being frightened into crying out for help. It is a condition of heart that is only there as the result of grace. It’s grace that causes you to acknowledge your sin. It’s grace that causes you to be frightened by where that sin can lead you. Its grace that opens your heart to the help that only God can give. Real prayer is motivated by that grace acknowledges your need for that grace. Prayer isn’t an announcement of personal righteousness, but a cry for help that rests in the righteousness of another, (Jesus) . Have you prayed today?”

So, what does this have to do with HopeFull Homeschooling? Everything. I am not called to carry all that comes with homeschooling but instead to bring it to Him and he will carry it for me. I am called to fix my eyes on Him and let him transform my heart as he shepherds both me and my children.

And iI leave you with the words of John o’Donahue,
“ And so may a slow wind
work these words
Of love around you’,
An invisible cloak
To mind your life.”
And I add alongside our friend Jesus.

What’s next? Find us on our Facebook group we will be posting there our next steps. There is a stirring in my heart as advent approaches and the Lord is birthing new things to keep us filled with His hope. Come and see!

Scripture
So, I bless you with this scripture today.
 “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”
Numbers 6:24-26

https://my.bible.com/bible/111/NUM.6.24-26

Breath Prayer:

Jesus, my hope
Your steadfast love gives me peace.

Resources Mentioned:

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Jesus, my hope

Your steadfast love gives me peace.

breath prayer

Your Mercies are new every morning, great is your faithfulness.

Lamentations 3:23

Ep.008 The Value of Play in Home Education

Play, whether it occurs indoors or outdoors, is an integral way that our children experience and learn how to navigate the world in which they live. Daisy and Rachel discuss how play, particularly outdoors, has impacted their families in recent seasons.

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Topics discussed during this Episode:

  • Introducing podcast topic: Outdoor Play [01:22] 
  • Daisy’s Update on life and history of being outdoors [02:07]
  • Fall a good season for being outdoors [04:35]
  • Daisy’s go to for meltdowns [05:05]
  • Outside time to calm down instills great coping mechanisms for us and the kiddos. [06:37]
  • Rachel’s reminds us to know our kiddos cues for going outside or when they need help transitioning [06:47]
  • going on Hikes together models the importance of being outside for our children [07:47]
  • In nature we become students together [08:46] 
  • The heavens declare the glory of God [09:00]
  • Rachel’s update on her hikes with her kiddos [09:38]
  • Learning about the importance of play [15:04] 
  • Using your senses to enjoy nature [16:19]
  • Exercising skills of imagination outside [18:41]
  • Health benefits of being outdoors [22:58]
  • Practical Tip: Stewardship and care of our environment [23:35]
  • Psalm 145:10 (MSG) [24:39]
  • The beauty of our creator is found in play and in nature [25:44]
  • Psalm 8 [27:37]
  • Breath Prayer [28:42]

Resources Mentioned:

The Following are suggestions of how you can incorporate it at home
Just for fun

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Jesus, the heavens declare your glory, and so do I.

breath prayer

Your Mercies are new every morning, great is your faithfulness.

Lamentations 3:23

Ep.007 The Surprise Ending of Setting Down the Books

 Setting down the schoolbooks, throwing out the schedule, yielding control, and giving children ownership over their education and lives, can result in some absolutely lovely surprises and heavenly reminders. 

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Topics discussed during this Episode:

  • Introducing podcast topic: What we learned [00:45] 
  • Rachel’s reflection and a change of plans [00:53]
  • A gift of rest by taking a week off school [04:45]
  • The Lord’s grace towards us in grief, hard moments, and hard homeschool moments [07:42]
  • God wants to be our rest [09:41]
  • Rachel’s time off learnings through an opposite approach to routine [10:49]
  • Our Kids also need space to rest and exercise their creativity as natural learners [12:31]
  • Daisy’s kids reflection while on a hike[17:21] 
  • Daisy is caught of guard by her kids’ questions [21:19]
  • Rest and Reflection go hand in hand [24:08]
  • God and rest [24:48] 
  • Rachel describes her restful mornings [28:04]
  • The word of God is to be made a priority [31:41]
  • Practical Tip [34:37]
  • Matthew 28:28-30 [36:48]
  • Breath Prayer [37:32]

Resources Mentioned:

Now back to you:

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We also have an Instagram account for more encouragement and connection.

Jesus, you are my rest.

breath prayer

Your Mercies are new every morning, great is your faithfulness.

Lamentations 3:23

Bonus Episode: Middle of the Night Musings: Here’s What I know.

When all the Things converge–a bad mood, a lack of sleep, a dog that vomits, children who didn’t do their homework–Rachel rises (though, not by choice) in the middle of the night to muse and meet with the Lord, reminding herself (and hopefully, you) that you are never alone. 

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Topics discussed during this Episode:

  • Rachel’ encouragement to us that though this (mothering/homeschooling) is hard we can know that He is always with us.

Resources Mentioned:

Now back to you:

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We also have an Instagram account for more encouragement and connection.

Jesus, in your favor,

establish the work of our hands.

breath prayer

Your Mercies are new every morning, great is your faithfulness.

Lamentations 3:23

Ep.006 Taking Time For Reflection

   This week, we take a moment to reflect on the past few weeks of homeschooling, on lessons learned, and on the value of considering what we can put down. As we move “further up and further in” to the academic year, we encourage homeschooling parents to take time to sit with some reflective questions, alongside their children, and in the presence of the Lord–putting down shame and guilt, filling the bucket one drop at a time, and numbering our days so that the Lord will establish the work of our hands. 

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Topics discussed during this Episode:

  • Introducing podcast topic: Reflecting [01:30] 
  • Sneak Peak into our home school life [01:57]
  • Rachel’s Reflection [02:14] 
  • Putting things down and getting out [08:14] 
  • Daisy’s Reflection [09:04] 
  • Rachel’s update on morning time [14:40]
  • Daisy’s update on morning time [16:12]
  • Reflecting alongside your children [18:40] 
  • Shared journal recomendation [20:39]
  • Reflect with the Lord [22:43]
  • Psalm 90 [24:00]
  • Breath Prayer [25:21],[28:20]

Resources Mentioned:

Now back to you:

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We also have an Instagram account for more encouragement and connection.

Jesus, in your favor,

establish the work of our hands.

breath prayer

Your Mercies are new every morning, great is your faithfulness.

Lamentations 3:23

Ep.005 Homeschooling Is a Battlefield: Spiritual Warfare

   Some days, homeschooling feels just too hard: tempers flare, children fuss, teaching a 7 year old to read is more difficult than you ever expected–and let’s not even mention algebra and your freshman. It feels as if you never get a moment to yourself. And you haven’t even touched the grading yet. Maybe financial burdens, illness, or marital strife are thwarting your attempts at even getting to the school books, and it’s all you can do to keep kids focused on homework let alone make it feel like an idyllic and cozy family scene. What is going on? And, more importantly, how can you fix it before you throw in the towel altogether? 

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Topics discussed during this Episode:

  • Introducing podcast topic: Spiritual Warfare [01:50] 
  • Rachel’s first introduction to Spiritual Warfare [03:51]
  • Daisy’s background with Spiritual Warfare [04:16] 
  • How does this apply to Homeschooling [08:39] 
  • The battle [09:48] 
  • Homeschooling: more than teaching reading and math [10:32]
  • You are not battling your child [11:12] 
  • Recognizing it is important [13:11]
  • How to prepare [14:22]
  • Quiet Time [14:27]
  • The Dwell App [17:02]
  • Pray for the desire to be in the word [25:07]
  • Breath Prayer[22:18]
  • Be still before the Lord [25:08]
  • He saves our tears in a bottle [24:50]

Resources Mentioned:

Now back to you:

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We also have an Instagram account for more encouragement and connection.

Jesus, my Shield, in you I am secure.

breath prayer

Your Mercies are new every morning, great is your faithfulness.

Lamentations 3:23

Ep.004 Hope for the Hard Days

   Some homeschooling days are harder than others. Tempers flare, people are hangry, homework is overwhelming.  How do we walk these rocky days with hope, resilience, and grace? Daisy and Rachel discuss the opportunities hiding in the midst of the struggle and practical tips for a hard reset when the Lord’s lesson plan for your day is not what you had on the syllabus. 

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Topics discussed during this Episode:

  • Thank you [01:25] 
  • Keep your eyes pealed for the next giveaway! [01:35]
  • Rachel’s Update [02:12]
  • Daisy’s update [02:50] 
  • good hard [04:52] 
  • send tracing paper [06:55] 
  • Definition of Biblical hope [08:03]
  • Why HopeFull Home School [08:22] 
  • He is our Hope [11:38]
  • Practical Tips for a reset on hard days [11:54]
  • Be a noticer (maybe with photos) be an encourager [14:09]
  • lets do a reset [15:07]
  • Just add water [15:36]
  • List of strategies to help you reset [16:05]
  • Number 1 piece of advice [17:24]
  • Breath Prayer [19:00]

Resources Mentioned:

Now back to you:

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We also have an Instagram account for more encouragement and connection.

Jesus, my Hope, I trust in you.

breath prayer

Your Mercies are new every morning, great is your faithfulness.

Lamentations 3:23

Ep.003 My Homeschool Life With Johanna Henderson

Daisy and Rachel are so excited to speak to Johanna a local homeschooling mom. Whether you’ve planned this homeschooling experience for your family since the beginning of forever, or you are being unexpectedly called to do so for the first time this year, Johanna’s account of her homeschooling journey will delight, inspire, and encourage you. Join us as we speak with veteran homeschooler and our dear friend, Johanna Henderson, and learn what subject is the “foundation of everything” and where Johanna gets her joy, strength, and hope! 

Meet Johanna

Photography by Echo by Design

Johanna Henderson is a wife to her college love for 21 years. Mom to three amazing boys.  She is a believer in Jesus Christ and loves to follow Him wherever He leads.  She is a newly released author. When she’s not hanging out with her crew homeschooling, she is helping others find their passion in life through writing. Her favorite Hope-Filled scripture currently is Psalm 1:2-3, “But they delight in the law of the LORD, meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do” (NLT).To find out more about Johanna visit her website at www.DevotedToMaker.com


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Topics discussed during this Episode:

  • Introductions [01:14] 
  • How Daisy and Johanna Met [08:58]
  • How Rachel and Johanna Met [01:44]
  • Johanna Introduces Herself [05:00] 
  • Interview Podcast Reminder [06:02] 
  • Johanna wrestled with the Lord about Homeschooling [06:38] 
  • Challenges and difficulties that Johanna has encountered[10:08] 
  • What is a triumph in Johanna’s home from Homeschooling [12:24]
  • Johanna’s practical piece of advice [13:47] 
  • What is Johanna reading [15:58] 
  • Rachel asks, “How long have you been reading this book?” [17:20]
  • A realistic look into how Johanna reads [17:59]
  • What do you do for fun? “Walk and Talks” [19:12]
  • Johanna’s working on an Allegory “Journey of a New Name” [20:20]
  • What’s renewing Johanna right now? [20:40]
  • Johanna’s guilty pleasure [22:46]
  • Faith Builders: Building Faith Brick by Brick [26:25]
  • Hedge of Protection: A Counterfeit Covering [26:50]
  • Johanna’s encouraging words for us [27:28]
  • Breath Prayer [29:31] Find screensaver Here

Resources Mentioned:

Now back to you:

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We also have an Instagram account for more encouragement and connection.

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Your Mercies are new every morning, great is your faithfulness.

Lamentations 3:23

Ep.002 Mornings,Mercies, and Morning Baskets

Mornings can be a source of tension and stress as a mom period, but throw in homeschooling and it can be a perfect storm. In this episode Rachel and Daisy discuss mornings and how to start the HomeSchool day off on the right foot.

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Topics discussed during this Episode:

  • Daisy’s Confession of Morning Fear [01:33] 
  • Rachel encourages listeners that they hold their family’s rhythm. [08:58]
  • Rachel vulnerably opens up  about a mistake that she would like listeners to avoid. [10:21]
  • Welcome to home school where we eat like hobbits [12:02] 
  • Bonus Tip: Close your kitchen [12:08] 
  • Rachel’s life changing tip for food with kiddos at home  [12:23] 
  • Children can understand the rhythms of their home by getting involved and helping with food preparation [14:16] 
  • Things that helped Rachel’s Mornings [16:33] 
  • 1.Mornings actually need to start the night before [16:55] 
  • 2.Spending time with the Lord [17:54] 
  • Daisy introduces breath prayer [20:28] 
  • The oldest and most well known breath prayer [21:23]
  • Daisy’s morning practice [23:12]
  • Home school rhythm vs. school [22:20]
  • Morning Basket at Rachel’s home [26:04]
  • Morning Baskets is all about being prepared with a little bit of magic  [29:42]
  • Invitation to enter the conversation of vision statements [28:14]

Resources Mentioned:

Now back to you:

Join us on the Facebook Group and meet other parents who are on this journey with you.

We also have an Instagram account for more encouragement and connection.

Don’t forget to enter the give away by subscribing to the podcast and joining us at the HopeFull Homeschool Facebook Group.


Your Mercies are new every morning, great is your faithfulness.

Lamentations 3:23