Friday, January 28, 2011

True Treasures

I have been a homeschooling mama for many, many years.  In fact, I have been  homeschooling now for over 22 years!  I have read tons of homeschooling books and magazines over the years and the best resources I have found are NOT the ones that tell you which academic courses your child must have to get into college or how to schedule your day or even how to write a paper.  All of these things are important for  homeschooling families, but our family has come to the conclusion that training our children to love the Lord, love their families and love learning are the highest priorities.  The how-tos are secondary.

Just after Christmas I was sent True Treasures:  10 Years of TEACH Magazine.

This compilation is indeed a true treasure.  I have found articles written by many homeschooling mothers that I have been blessed by for several years including Marilyn Boyer, mother of 13 and author of many wonderful books.  Cindy Rushton has three great articles in this treasure trove and I am blessed to have had her as a guest in my home!  I even read a great article written by one of my on-line bloggy friends and the mother of twelve children, Laurel Daicogiannis.    Lynda Coats, the author of the curriculum that I use for my  daughters also has a great article included.  It was a real treat reading the words of so many who have blessed me through the years, but there are even more authors who have shared here in 
True Treasures that have written words that have encouraged me and convicted me  Words that have convicted me to spend more time focused on my marriage, to develop better parenting skills, and to be a better mom and homemaker.  

True Treasures has just over 100 pages and is divided into 6 chapters:  Jewels That Make the Heart Sparkle, Marriages of Solid Gold, Parenting Pearls:  Practical and Priceless, Homemaking That Dazzles Like Diamonds, Homeschooling Nuggets of Wisdom and Godly Living That Glitters.  Each article has such wonderful information and encouragement all backed up with references to God's Word.   I was greatly encouraged by "Slow and Steady" and had my toes stepped on by "Do Your Children Rise and Call You Blessed, or Grouchy?" Ouch!  I found sound advice in "7 Rules for Homeschooling and Loving It" and was convicted to really pray with scripture over my children in "Bible Verses to Pray for Your Children".  

I am sure that I am not the only homeschooling/homemaking mom who needs some encouragement, some admonishments and just a kick in the pants to set my priorities straight by focusing on what is most important for our families.  True Treasures will be just the push you need to set the tone for living a more God-centered life which will not only bless you but your family as well.  

For several years I received Lorri Flem's encouraging TEACH magazine through email, but I didn't know she had such a tremendous resource in her website at  I could spend several hours there looking over recipes, crafts, mom resources and Lorri's blog!  She has a ton of Godly wisdom to share with homeschooling moms.  

This is my first official review as a Gabby Mom.  You can meet more Gabby Moms here.  Now I have to let you know that I received this product for honest review from TEACH Magazine as a part of The Gabby Moms blogging program.  All opinions expressed are solely my own.  

True Treasures


Heidi... said...

Love your blog look! Following along as a fellow Gabby Mom.

Mary Joy said...

Excellent!!!!! I love your review. I really love how your sincere way of sharing your heart.

I just found your blog...I am a Gabby Mom sister! :D

I will be back! I am a new homeschooling mom and you spoke straight to my heart! :D

Blessings to you!

Building Home with Him,

Mary Joy

Mary Joy said...

I just added your blog to my blog roll! Thank you for being such a great resource!!!

Anonymous said...

Lovely!!! Beautiful blog! I am blessed to be your next follower!

Tina said...

Great review!

A Gabby Mom follower

Cindy said...

Yup, here's another home school mom/wife that needs that kick in the pants!
fellow Gabby Mom and your 120th follower :0

Lori said...

This was really a GREAT post, Anita... Reading what you write is like seeing a different side of you. This was a really, really good one. Like it a lot.

Blessings friend.

Jerelene said...

I can't wait to check out your links on this post. The book looks wonderful!
I've not heard of Gabby Moms..I will have to check that out too!
Hope you have a wonderful weekend :)
Love and Blessings, Jerelene

Lori said...

Thanks for the return blog visit! I am just behind you at about 20 years of homeschooling- my oldest three did a short stint in the public school system before we brought them home.

This book really does sound like a treasure. I am going to go check it out. One would think that lots of years homeschool means = having all the answers, but, for me, it means really needing fresh inspiration.

It does seem like our families are similar. Our children are over a 20year span, and our third grandbaby is on the way! It is nice meeting you!

Chic Mama said...

Isn't it fun finding so many well-known ladies in True Treasures! Such a blessing! I'm glad you enjoyed it and are part of our team!

Head Mama

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