Ann Cooper McCauley

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Category Archives: special needs

I’m an Expert

Bet that title made you want to read on. Don’t I sound arrogant? Well, I can assure you, I never wanted to become an expert at so many things. My mini-van wove in and out between semi-trucks, like playing checkers. I’d zoom ahead and a truck would pull into my lane and block me. I’d […]

Author Ron Smith MD, A Mere Christian

What a pleasure to have an old and dear friend with me today. Ron and I grew up in the same community and attended the same high school. His wife, Stacy Morris, was in my graduating class. When our children were very small, we lived in another small Arkansas town with Ron and Stacy. Both of […]

The Gift of Avery

Linda Requard Hatcher A bright shaft of sunlight welcomed me to the window and warmed my face. Spring blossoms peeked out of their buds. What a lovely April day. A car door slammed, and I charged to the front door and stretched it wide to catch the first glimpse of my daughter, Becky, and her […]

Are You Struggling and Can’t See the End?

“You just don’t understand!  I’m not the schooly type.  I’m the cowboy type, Mom.” My son was nine. We had worked phonics and spelling rules, grueling work for my son battling with dyslexia. Fingers of sunlight filtered through the French doors of our classroom and beckoned my son to come and play.  I scrutinized the splash of light […]

Do You Ever Feel Like the Last Laugh is on You?

After thirty-six years of marriage, six children, and twenty six years of homeschooling, I finally understand. Who would have thought after all the play dough I’ve mixed, bread dough I’ve baked, and kid character dough I’ve shaped, I was the ball of clay? I’ve been the big mix of the Master Potter all along. I remember […]

Remedy for Burnout: Yield, Who Brings It?

“Why do you homeschool, Mrs. McCauley?” The school principal’s gaze ignited and blazed a tunnel straight through to my mother’s heart. A thousand replies flitted through my brain, but only one surfaced. “W-Well, because I enjoy my children.” Her blue eyes softened to a tender gray. “Now, that’s the answer I wanted to hear. You’ve […]

Remedy for Burnout: Diligence Now & Blessing Later

Joanna, a five-year-old orphan and blind, was no doubt my daughter. She thrived like a watermelon seed planted in my heart and growing. The paternal and maternal love for her was enormous, though we’d never met. God grafted her in our hearts, not unlike a pregnancy, and we anticipated her arrival. But Joanna’s adoption story is for another time. […]

Remedy for Burnout: Enduring for the Eternal

God is joking, right? Move away from our state and to an uncertain destiny just because of homeschooling? We had to question what God had told us about homeschooling our children back when our oldest was five. The decision hadn’t been easy then, but God placed a knowing inside us that it was the right […]

Remedy for Burnout: Meditate/ Pour/ Meditate Some More

A sparkling glass pitcher. Perfect. I filled it with ice and water. The heavy cut glass would reflect the candlelight on my table, and make a lovely accent to dinner. After all, how often did special occasions pull us away from plastic divided plates and sippy cups?  Leaving the kitchen to dress for dinner, I […]

Remedy for Burnout: Exercise What?

All I needed was a high school physical education credit for my son. Why did something so simple take on a life of its own? Destined to learn about types of exercise, whether I was allergic to them or not, suddenly became essential. Discovery? There were lessons hidden much deeper than what I perceived on […]

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