New, Improved Nano Wrimo’s Young Writer’s Program

It’s coming on November soon! Do you have your pencils sharpened? November is National Novel Writing Month and Nano Wrimo’s Young Writer’s Program is geared up and ready to assist your budding novelist meet his/her goals!

This is a great program filled with goal setting, writing mentoring, and just plain fun! They have lesson plans that include activities and worksheets free of charge and lots of neat new online resources to make the writing more fun and interactive with other online young writers. There are young writer workbooks that will assist your writers in their pursuits. And best of all it is FREE!

Check it out here and get started today! Nano Wrimo’s Young Writer’s Program

* Just a note – You will want to peruse the materials and the workbook in advance as there may be modern juvenile fiction used as examples with themes you do not wish to include in the program.

A Grateful Heart is a Happy Heart

With all the gloom and doom in the news everyday and trials of making ends meet in this economy, you wonder how do some people manage to appear so happy? You may think to yourself, “Oh, the economy probably hasn’t touched them” or,  “they must have the same job security they have had in the past and aren’t as affected by what’s happening around the world right now.”

But, yet, if we were to sit and chat with these people we would find out that appearances aren’t always what they seem. So many people have been touched deeply by the economy or the ongoing wars right now as husband’s and wives are a laid off, or children, parents, spouses, and other relatives are shipped out. A day doesn’t go by that I don’t meet someone who has a story to tell.

And, you wonder how on first glance they can appear as though they don’t have a care in the world. I know that for me, the last few years has been a wonderful revelation in God’s faithfulness. And sometimes, it’s only during a difficult test that we mere mortals can see the obvious (something that has always been there – but maybe taken for granted.) Isn’t it through times of deprivation that we become most grateful for the smallest things?

I have found through these past few years that “counting your blessings” really does have an immeasurable value. It’s not just a “good” thing to do. But, when it becomes a daily habit that turns into an automatic outlook, “the good” suddenly outweighs “the bad.” Your circumstances haven’t changed; you’ve just become more attuned to all the “good things” that were always there! So, when something appears before you that isn’t so good, your heart responds by reminding you of all the good things around you that make the “not so good” less of a burden.

So, “a grateful heart truly is a happy heart!” Wouldn’t it be wonderful if just by each one of us thinking more along these lines, that we could turn the tide of pessimism our country is feeling and look toward the future with hope and optimism – and even making it a self-fulfilling prophecy that then turns into reality?

Isn’t that what some of our great leaders of the past have done by holding us up as the “city upon the hill?” They’ve turned the tide of pessimism into an opportunity filled with hope. And I believe, it all starts with being grateful for the little things.

May God bless us all and all of you.

Nails in the Fence

Hi, all. Long time, no blog. With the beginning of the new school year and settling into a new routine and activities, time has been a rare commodity. As things settle down, I have plans to post more helpful ideas to share with everyone to suit all ages and kinds of homeschoolers. But, I wanted to quickly share with you a story that someone else had shared with me, and I really enjoyed reading it. I thought you might too, and then want to share it.

NAILS IN THE FENCE  

 

 There once was a little boy who had a bad temper.  His Father gave him
a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, he must
hammer a nail into the back of the fence.  The first day the boy had
driven 37 nails into the fence.  Over the next few weeks, as he learned
to control his anger, the number of nails hammered daily gradually
dwindled down.  He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to
drive those nails into the fence.
 
Finally the day came when the boy didn’t lose his temper at all. He
told his father about it and the father suggested that the boy now pull out
one nail for each day that he was able to hold his temper.

The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father
that all the nails were gone.  The father took his son by the hand and led
him to the fence.  He said, “You  have done well, my son, but look at the
holes in the fence.  The fence will never be the same.  When you say
things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one.  You can put
a knife in a man and draw it out.  It won’t matter how  many times you
say I’m sorry, the wound is still there.”
 
A verbal wound is as bad as a physical one.

 
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