Foundations and Essentials

Hello Health! Goodbye Stress!

Eat Your Stress Goodbye - Stress Reducing Diet Do you know what to reach for to help reduce stress? Try some of these! When you’re stressed out, the foods that you’re turning to are most likely going to be traditional ‘comfort’ foods – think big meals, take-out, fatty...

Who is My Reader?

Who is My Reader?

Hello Friends! Today's Question: How can I serve my reader? Are you my reader? [Serious writing requires knowing the audience well. YOU are the hero and I am the helper. If we are on this road together, there are steps that I need to consider more seriously!]  ...

Help Your Child Grow Near to God

Help Your Child Grow Near to God

Hello friends! SUPER-AWESOME ANNOUNCEMENT ALERT!!! Do you like QUIZZES: Here's one for your KIDS! Many moons ago, Michael and I read a book called Sacred Pathways, by Gary Thomas. If you followed our family ministry or were led by Mike during Summer Staff Camp...

Healthy Foundation and Daily Habits

Healthy Foundation and Daily Habits

I will come back in and type out text to complement this video, but for now, I want to get this info into your hands. We don't want anyone to miss this AMAZING kit special, the Daily Habits Kit — my ALL TIME FAVORITE at a ridiculously spectacular price! So... Let's...

A Grateful Classical Conversations Director/Mama

A Grateful Classical Conversations Director/Mama

Hello Classical Conversations Friends! There is no greater time to be thankful than the present. Because Gratefulness and Compaining cannot occupy the same space, I decided to share some of the things that I am thankful for, as a parent/tutor/director who has been...

Medication Toxicity is Real

Medication Toxicity is Real

Michael Shroyer went paralytic AS the IV moxifloxacin was going into his body. Even with his reactions being exactly in cyclical conjunction with dosages, while saying repeatedly, “I’m burning from the inside out; I’m vibrating from the inside out,” and then dying...

Spring is Coming: “WE” March into Wellness

Spring is Coming: “WE” March into Wellness

Hello Whōleness Friends! Let's get personal, shall we? This video shares why I am hiring an administrative assistant to help me stop. stopping. myself. short. of completion... in order to enjoy living in Inspired Action and Calling! Note: you will catch glimpses of...

Get in the Zone

Get in the Zone

This is for you widow-moms and homeschool moms — or ANY mamas who wonder if what you are accomplishing is ever enough. In my last post, I gave a glimpse of the FACT that we are at the beginning of YEAR FOUR without Michael. SERIOUSLY, grief created a TIME WARP!...

Happy New Year 2019! Song Freebies!

Happy New Year 2019! Song Freebies!

Hello friends, I'd love to give you a song to express my gratitude at the start of this new season. Many have asked how we have kept from becoming bitter, or how we have chosen to rise when it would be easier not to. For the comforting discomfort of surrender, I give...

It’s Time.

It’s Time.

This morning, I was jolted awake after hearing the clearest words: "Well, everyone is offended by everything today anyway, so it can't hurt — it's time." So, to what am I referring? Michael had been working on a small book for almost ten years, Name on the Front of...

Have Yourself a Random Little Christmas!

Have Yourself a Random Little Christmas!

This is our third year without Michael, but our fourth Christmas [my heart goes out to those of you experiencing deep loss just before the holidays; we know the pain]. Each year, we have progressed in our handling of the season: Christmas One: This post sums up our...

End of the Year Giveaway Highlights!

End of the Year Giveaway Highlights!

Thank you for joining us for the Seasonal Giveaway, Star Light Star Bright Event! I would LOVE to know if this hit the mark with you, as we hope to do more trivia fun in 2019... Here is a condensed highlight of the fun we had... My heart is full to overflowing today,...

2018 December GIVEAWAY Day!!!

THANK YOU all for such a terrific season! I'm thrilled to send these giveaways to you. I find continual JOY in getting to work, serve, love, and grow with all of you beautiful, incredible, fantastic people! Here's to the SEASON TO COME!!! *** In the video I mention at...

Moving Forward

Moving Forward

THIS. IS. ROUGH. Yet, I feel prompted to share a completely unpolished and unfinished piece of creativity with you today in spite of myself.

Essentials Overview

Essentials Overview

  Hello Essentials families!  Parents always wonder how to FIND and how to USE the information provided in this abundant curriculum! With this video, I hope to help YOU navigate into discovering what you have, so that you will use it. I also share a short vision...

CC Timeline Motions

CC Timeline Motions

These Timeline videos are numbered. 1-5 are motions with explanations as to why the particular signs or motions were selected with the words.

Lazy Song by Sadie

Lazy Song by Sadie

Hello homeschool friends! Join me and my daughter Sadiella this school year as we attack the lazy and work crazy hard to memorize material, complete projects, and have some fun along the way! We are jumping from bed to school room, and together, we’ll share ideas with...

Psalm 139 – Memorization

Psalm 139 – Memorization

Psalm 139 Memorizing Scripture is vital at every age. It’s important to me that my kids memorize full passages of text along with learning individual verses for topical and momentary needs, in order to reframe the mind. As a Classical Conversations director, I decided...

Bridges

Bridges

Will Film for Food videographer, Thomas Kivett Cook, took interest in Mike's medical story. He interviewed me late last fall, and then went through hours of footage to decide what portion of the story to tell. When Dr. Douglas Drossman agreed to enter the...

Warning: Essential Oils Side Effects

Warning: Essential Oils Side Effects

Warning: The side effects of essential oils use may include silliness, laughter, joy, and excessive amounts of twirling in the kitchen. * A few people over these last months who remembered when I posted this video in 2013, have asked me to share it again. ***...

I was Lost in Sorrow

I was Lost in Sorrow

When sorrow visits, it doesn't ever practice the art of social graces. It never takes the time to knock first. No, it just suddenly is there. No asking. No politesse. No sympathy. In fact, the heaviest of sorrows just billows in, as an uninvited guest. It's important...

And a Light Shines in the Darkness

And a Light Shines in the Darkness

Today was a good day. It's the 18-month mark in this race we could call the life-after. It's not the after-life. Although, we do look forward to ultimate joy in the promise of some someday. For us right now, it's the life-after losing Mike. Many people are living in...

An Antibiotic Times A Thousand?

Not at all liking what I'm reading. The careless dismissal and overuse of what is CURRENTLY available has already left countless sufferers in its wake. I see an article like this and think, "Sheesh! What will happen when THESE are released and used recklessly too?"...

A Post to Pause: Because, Hope

A Post to Pause: Because, Hope

I didn't have it in me to keep rolling with the "save the world" ideals today. And I am totally okay with that. Today was the kids' first basketball practices of the season. They did great, and the sounds of a basketball court still pound against my chest... but a...

Michael’s Medical: Part 3, Humanity

Michael’s Medical: Part 3, Humanity

Today, I am going to begin to touch on these three (3) matters [I call them "matters," because... they DO!]: Humanity/The Current Standard/Medication Toxicity HUMANITY Since the days immediately following Mike's RISING [I need to stop using the word "passing" when I...

We Rise

We Rise

We Rise It’s been a year of rising, and we completed our music launch of our #11daysofgoodgrief on December 1st from Atlanta. My brother-in-law liked the weather of the day and asked [even though I’d been crying hard all morning and declared it a car-ride-so-no-makeup...

December 2, 2016. 5:11a.m.

December 2, 2016. 5:11a.m.

I opened up an "add new post" tab to start writing all that I want to say regarding where we are going from here. Before I began typing the content, I went to the right of the text block to set the time stamp and schedule the morning launch. It. Stopped. Me. In. My....

Be Still My Soul, the Lord is on Thy Side

Be Still My Soul, the Lord is on Thy Side

This song has been a recurring song of together-talk for myself and my soul. It was sung over and over in the hospital, as shown in my post on our anniversary, November 23, 2015 at 5:52 a.m. I had spent the night between my birthday and our anniversary praying over...

Dry Bones (Come Alive)

Dry Bones (Come Alive)

It amazes me that the release of this Lauren Daigle song is falling on the day that I wrote about this song "Dry Bones" and how it had become such a part of our hospital soundtrack. Approximately 28 hours after writing about this song, our family had our final visit...

Podcast Interview with Sarah Bragg

In November 2016, I was interviewed by Sarah Bragg at SurivingSarah.com for her podcast, Episode 49. I was honored to share that time with her, and I encourage others to follow her podcast and connect with other caring women from all walks of life! Thank you Sarah!...

Made New

Made New

I wasn't planning on including this Lincoln Brewster song until it became a constant in our soundtrack after what happened on Father's Day... It was our first Father's Day without Michael, and we had all forced ourselves to push through our feelings, to not be too...

Holy Spirit, You are Welcome Here

Holy Spirit, You are Welcome Here

Many people have been telling us since the kids and I opened Mike's Memorial Celebration with this song that when they hear it played on the radio, a playlist, or a social media music outlet, that they think of us. If I had five bucks for every time I've heard, "You...

In My Letting Go

In My Letting Go

This song is my answer to the world of people who say things like, "I hope this gives you closure," "It's time to let go," or "I'm praying that you can move on." I know that people mean well, but I have said over and over, "Please understand that I am not seeking...

Though You Slay Me

Though You Slay Me

This. Song. Writers Shane and Shane had no idea that this song would wrap itself around the hurting heart of my twelve-year-old son just days after the loss of his dad. But envelop, it did. Like. A. Warm. Blanket. Jeffrey Michael began singing this on constant repeat...

For This Reason I Kneel (I Surrender)

For This Reason I Kneel (I Surrender)

In yesterday's post, I shared how the discipline of "finding your happy heart [joy in spite of unwanted circumstance] and teachable spirit [willing surrender]" solidified a response to tragedy in our children that has helped them begin their navigation through the...

Smile Away the Tears

Smile Away the Tears

There are a myriad of things I could say about this song, and about this young man, my Championson. Mike and I knew this kid was special on the day he was born. He entered the world and caught the attention of the labor and delivery team. In the background we heard...

Hold Me Together

Hold Me Together

Grief is excruciating; yes, even for me. I know that if you haven’t walked this path alongside our family up close or kept up with the good and the bad social media posts, I might appear to have handled our losses with ease. No. “Ease” is not a thing with grief....

Too Much Happiness

Too Much Happiness

Today is my birthday. Birthdays with having Michael Shroyer in my life were nothing short of too... much... "happy!" Truly! From his meticulously planned, extravagant mall scavenger hunts to the year of the 33-everythings. From the time-challenged, elaborate reality...

3 Little Minutes

3 Little Minutes

A week or two before Michael went into the hospital, I had received an advertisement of an upcoming songwriter weekend, to be led by one of my favorite songwriters, Jonatha Brooke. It was to be held in Nashville, and its closer proximity caught my attention! I had...

WFMY NEWS 2

WFMY NEWS 2

  Thank you Hope Ford! This is what they are airing at 11:00 tonight. What a sweet and special tribute for Sadiella's heart as we heal. <3 #goodgrief #werise   [button...

Why We Cre8

I never thought answering the conversational question, “So, where do you go to church?” would be so awkward. It used to be that I would name my church, reciprocate the question, and immediately the other person and I would form our snap judgments about each other…

Here We Are… But, God…

Here We Are… But, God…

Where do I begin? If you follow my life and family on Facebook, then you have heard the news of Michael's passing. If you are following this blog only, then this may be a today-shock, and for that, I am so sorry. Mike spent 11 days in the hospital (over a week of that...

Love Won Long Ago: Let’s Live Like it Today

While I very much wish that I always walk through life looking and feeling like this... Some days are a bit more broken, and require fresh perspective and the in-pouring of God's selfless Love to fill and flow from me, inside --> out.  The journey into...

How Do You Measure That?

Fall 2012   A few years ago, we stood together for this family photo and we couldn't help but notice how perfectly we measured from one head to another. I'm glad Mabyn captured that moment, because that equal distance lasted little more than a week. Moments of...

Wake Up, O Sleeper! Rise!

image from teresabraam.com Wake up, O Sleeper! Rise! Open wide the gates, that the King of Glory may come in! Who IS the King of Glory? How will people know unless we open wide the gate... the door... the word... our lives? You can also read Revelation 12:11 in a few...

Flowers and Asphalt

Besties. BFFs. Friends Forever.  It has been quite some time since I have used these words or phrases regarding friendship. In fact, I have rarely in my life had just one intense friend. As a happily married woman, I derive immense satisfaction from my husband...

House at the End of the Road

Years ago, before we had found ourselves living on this property, Mike and I had a vision of "The House at the End of the Road" and living here, we technically are at the end of the private road driveway, but we are not at the end of a main road. In fact, the one...

Wings of Change

Upon greeting our new feathered friend in the water today, the Great White Heron causes me to stop and celebrate.  First, it is simply one beautiful bird — and one that has not graced these waters in all of the time we have been here. This prompted me to look up...

More

I almost couldn't remember my password to this blog-site; it's been too long! This will be a short one, as I still have lesson plans to create for tomorrow's Classical Conversations Day, tutoring both Foundations classes and Essentials of the English Language to...

Giving Thanks for the BIG Little Things

God has such a beautiful way of demonstrating His faithfulness.  His moments that communicate "Hold on and don't lose heart;  Wait on Me," grab my attention and my affection surrenders afresh.  Even amidst the still-unanswered, there continues a...

Don’t Feed the Beast

This one's for the girls. An image that swept fb. I pulled this from skinnyartist.com Okay, to tackle this topic, we have to take off our pretty-people mindsets, and get straight to the heart of one of our most disgusting and deplorable qualities.  This quality...

No Man’s Land

You can read the start of this story here. That woman and her son first came to our door on September 1st.  It is now the 28th.  We spent three days trying to help them, and during those days, I shed many tears over how our society, government agencies and...

You Are Safe. You Are Loved.

Last night I was restless—very little sleep.  Another unexpected One Life Story took action on yesterday's rainy Saturday when the doorbell chimed and I heard Sadie's quick feet race to the door.  Before I could get there, she was already running back to me,...

Another Heart Monitor: SMASH THE TRASH!

(image from cache) Ever since Sadiella surrendered her life to Christ (Easter 2012), she has become the ever-growing sensitive one in our home.  The little girl who used to be full of sass is now full of sensitivity and conviction, and her heart often needs our...

The Miracle of Harmony Wiseman

I'm sitting in TX on my Camp KidJam dorm room bunk, exhausted.  My arms are tired from carrying around my heavy book-bag full of schoolwork that I need to be doing in my down-time to prepare for the fall home school run, and the workload of necessary training I...

Is Your Love Cold?

I woke up this morning with this thought: The majority of Christians don't really know how to love sinners. I know that even using the word "sinners" sends an alarm to the soul, especially when I expressed the word "Christians" in the same sentence.  You may read...

God is Active When He is Silent

This is my current status on facebook: "God is active when He is silent, never absent." I wrote this after quite the morning (today).  Our day began with some earnest talking between me and Mike, with tearful eyes and the words, "I just don't think I can handle...

If These Walls Could Speak

It's been an incredible year on the property.  The property.  Wide Open Acres.  It's been an incredible theme for the families.  The theme.  One Life. One Life: Living Life where every ONE matters. (You can read bits of that theme revealed in...

The Man in the Red Coat

 A Trip to Mellow Mushroom Turned Really Reeeeeally Mellow I should learn by now to expect the unexpected when Mike or I change a plan at the last minute on a "hunch,"  like tonight.  The PLAN was to cook the chicken that has been thawing and roast the...

Did You Know That?

There are just so many stories happening all at once to share, and in order to express them in writing or in video, it will take a great deal of time.  I feel, however, like I need to express something or I just may pop. Did you know that more than you could ever...

To-Be-Tuesday (Thankful)

To-Be-Tuesday (Thankful)

Okay, it's To-Be-Tuesday: It’s Time... To-Day... To-Be... (Something). And on this particular Tuesday, I choose TO BE THANKFUL. * I am thankful today for the years of singing, traveling, and writing. * Thankful for the turbulent teens and twenties, for the writing and...

Refreshed.

Hello, Blogger.  It's been a while. I stepped in here today to view an encouraging comment someone made on the last entry, dated November 1.  Yeah, November 1st.  ::sigh::  I am NOT great at the discipline of regular blogging. It's funny,...

Invisibles

Is it okay with you that I walk you through a few highs and lows of this Cre8 journey, just letting my fingers type without much thought to writing style, format, or anything proper?  I suppose if you keep on reading, then it is okay.  Therefore, I will...

Peel-A-Prize: Classroom Incentives/Rewards

I tackled the project of creating classroom scratch-a-prize cards to use as rewards for our CC classrooms at the end of the day each week.  It looked so simple; what I did not plan on was that the metallic paint with added soap literally took nearly two days to...

Responsibilty Charts Get Attention This Year!

Ever since JM was a toddler, we have tried the chore chart/commission system (a.k.a. "allowance"), but changing our living spaces and traveling so often has made consistency in this area rather difficult to establish routine.  We are now in a home that is also a...

A Wednesday Window

This is my current facebook status:  Who is married to the guy who stops the car to talk to the guy on the bridge that is contemplating the timing of his jump? I am. Thank you, Michael Shroyer for being aware. #mychampion I share that to let you know that...

Real. Awakening.

AWAKENING ~ Sara Groves Dress down your pretty faith Give me something real Leave out the "Thee" and "Thou" and speak to me now Speak to my pain and confusion Speak through my fears and my pride Speak to the part of me that knows I'm something deep down inside I know...

Who (you) What (you) Where (you) When….

The new website has been launched (thank you Andy Smith for building it from scratch!).   We've had lots of interest, questions, and encouragement from others this week, and we thank you! We use the word "Home" and we use the word "Church" in what we are...

We Won’t Drown… Goodnight

Having already written something on Monday, I was not planning to offer a Wednesday Writing, but I think I need to fess up to my personal hauntings of late, oddly for me, the all-night-long kind. Seems we're living on the very edge of our faith in a house made for...

Follow the Signs

Yesterday was beautiful.  We spent the morning having family time, praying over the Cre8 gathering that would take place later in the day, and completing any last-minute spot cleaning and prep-work.  Mike worked in the office on the computer and I sat in the...

Ganders and Jackhammers

It's Writing Wednesday... and I am sitting in the café with peaceful music playing amidst the sound of jackhammers in the basement below.  It resembles the way Mike and I are feeling today.  Cre8Home is a place that those in need are finding.  It's been...

Fishbowl Church, Mama Goose Community, and Horneytown NC

Writing regular updates has been hard now that we are on the property, so let me begin Wednesday Writings.  Today, I have three HUGE thoughts colliding that would merit a Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3... but with blogs, that doesn't mean that all three will be...

So Blog-Gone Busy!

Oh Where Oh Where has my little blog(ging) gone?Sorry that I have been such a blogslacker!!!  There is MUCH to catch up on... I hope to write out some stories soon.  For today, just know this: there is a vast difference between being in ministry where you...

Introduction to Wide Open Acres/Cre8 Home

Okay friends! Someday our professional EXPERT video family & friends will have to show you where we're headed with Wide Open Acres and Cre8 Home. But for right now, you are stuck with me!  (And I just opened iMovie for the first time in my life last night!?!)...