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Ecclesiastes 10:12-13 12 Words from the mouth of the wise are gracious,but fools are consumed by their own lips.

13 At the beginning their words are folly;at the end they are wicked madness

Right now in the Willis household a certain 12 yr old almost 13 yr old girl is learning about words that aren't thought out and gracious are very foolish. While I will not tell her she is a fool....I will tell her that thinking and weighing your words before you speak them will keep her from saying foolish things that will cause arguments that are unnecessary and could have been avoided had the time been taken to think about words, attitudes and actions.

Think about WHAT you saying and HOW you saying it and WHY you are saying it. Are you saying something to someone else (your brother) that is meant to hurt or irritate? If it is, then don't say it at all. That's the lesson in our house this week.

There are so many ways to turn a situation into good by simply looking at the motive behind what you are saying. And then if your motivation is incorrect, change it. It's that simple.

The joys of raising a soon to be teenager daughter....And I mean that in all seriousness. Boys really are different from girls....We have one teenage boy who made it through to adulthood with only one year of grounding in his sophomore year.....we have one more teenage boy who is almost ready to launch into adulthood....we've got a couple more years with him.

And we've got about 6 more years with our soon to be teenage daughter! This is a house that is going to anticipate the good times and all of the training and teaching that will take place when the times threaten to not be so good. We won't have uncontrollable attitudes here. And we won't have monthly issues! We are learning how to take our attitudes that aren't positive and turn them around before they have the opportunity to turn into something!!

 

Don't miss a teaching opportunity with your kids!  There are so many life lessons that you can teach them if you'll just stop and take the time instead of just simply telling them to "cut it out".

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The Mystery of Faith

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The Mystery of Faith

Take a few moments to listen to this song.  This is part of our worship on Sunday at our church.  This week we will take time to remember the death, burial and resurrection of Christ.

I was listening to this as I was preparing for our weekly worship team practice and the words of the song spoke to my heart is a tremendous way today.  There is so much that we don't understand about the mystery of faith.

The Mystery of Faith - What We Don't Understand

There is so much that we won't understand until we are face to face with our Creator and Lord.  And at that point, I don't think we will be focused on what we haven't understood on this earth.

There are so many people who don't have an understanding of the mystery of faith but are so hungry for it.  Even in the midst of the storms of life when you don't understand what is going on in your life and why, hold onto to your faith.  We aren't left alone in life.

The Mystery of Faith - The Only One Who Knows

There is a God who sent His only Son to earth to bring life to us.  He never promised us it would be an easy walk or that we would be problem free but He did promise life and life more abundant.  And abundance don't always mean financial.  Some of the most abundant times in my life have been times when it seemed like money was nowhere to be found.  But holding on to the mystery of faith and the hope that I have in Christ made joy and peace abundant in my life.

If you are reading this and are looking for that peace and joy, please connect with us at.....Click here and message us.  Our desire is to lead you to the only One who can give you the hope that we hold onto even in the mystery of faith.

Common Core Standards

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Common Core Standards

We are a 2nd year homeschool family.  We are taking a different approach to home schooling than most traditional home schools.  We are using a virtual program from one of the districts in our area.  It allows us the flexibility that we were seeking when we decided to home school but also gives us the support of teachers and administration.  And our particular school provides lots of fun and educational activities for us to be a part of.

Our daughter is a highly social girl.  It was important to us to be able to provide the social interaction that she needs as she is the only one at home with us.  We did choose to public school our son, who is a sophomore.

Common Core Standards - Are They Right for You?

Common Core has become a huge issue in our country.  Although I am not in favor of Common Core, at this moment in our lives, the choice that we have made for our kids is still the right choice for us.  That doesn't mean that someday down the road we won't be doing something else.  It just means we are doing what we need to be doing right now.

I do get very frustrated by some of the ways that they are requiring us to teach certain subjects.  Math Common Core Standards are the source of my biggest frustration.  I may sound a little old here, but I have really been wondering why we can't continue to teach our kids to learn math the way that we learned when we were younger.  Some of the methods to solve problems that the curriculum wants us to teach are very confusing at best.

Common Core Standards - Why Do They Think One Size Fits All?

Does one size really fit all?  We have 3 children and they all learn in different ways. How can we expect that all 50 states are going to be able to take the same curriculum and be effective in teaching it the same?

Based on my experience so far with Common Core I am not a fan and would hope that most states would begin to reject Common Core.  Indiana has already made the decision to opt out. 

So if you've already watched the video and you're wondering what it is that all of us "Homeschooling Moms" do, click here to find out.

We've have all made a decision to take charge of our lives and of our income.  We have made the choice to be available to our families whenever they need us and also to be the change that we believe people and maybe even you are looking for.

So again, click the link below.  Join me today.  I can't wait to walk with you on this journey called life!!  See you on the other side!!

Carl and Carol Willis

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Live Live Today!!

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Live Life Today!

Ferris Bueller's Day Off is one of my favorite movies.  I'm a child of the 80's so I love just about everything 80's related.

I found this quote from Ferris today:  Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

There is so much truth to this statement.  So many times we get so busy with looking toward the future that we forget to look at what is going on around us.  Don't forget to live in the moment.

Live Life for Today - Life Goes Fast!!

I've been thinking about how fast life goes.  Just when you think a period of time will go slowly, you get to the end of the time period and realize just how fast it went.

My oldest son is 23 yrs old.  When he was born, I didn’t realize just how fast time would fly.  Eighteen years seemed like a really long time.  In reality, when you work, you have more kids and you just live life, time really does fly.  It’s hard to believe he will be 24 this year.

 

Do you sit back and wonder where time has gone?  Do you have regrets about working too much?  Do you have regrets about spending too much time “thinking forward”?  For example, preparing for so much for the future or even worrying so much about the future that you forget to live in the moment?

 

Do you forget to enjoy the beautiful things of life because you are so focused on the “big picture”?

Don’t let yourself get to the end of a time period or even the end of your life and realize that you have missed out on the important things of life.

Make memories.  Create memories today that will last you a lifetime.  Don’t miss those special moments because you are so busy creating the future of your dreams.

Connect with us and learn how to live in the moment.  Create a life of freedom that will give you time to make memories with your family.  Don’t let life pass you by.

Take control today!!

To Your Success,

Carl and Carol Willis

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Your Journey

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YOUR JOURNEY

Imagine you are getting ready for your vacation.  You’ve packed your bags.  You’ve loaded them into the car.  Your kids are excited and ready to go. You’ve gassed up the car and you’ve checked all of the systems.  Then you put the key in the ignition.  You put your hand on the gear shift and you let it sit there.  You’ve decided that you need to study the manual a little more.  So everyone is sitting in the car waiting for you to put the car in gear and go.

YOUR JOURNEY: WHEN DOES IT START?

Your Journey is just that:  Your journey, but it doesn’t start until you take the first step.  If you don’t put the car into drive, it’s not going anywhere.

No matter how long your journey is or where it takes you, you always have to start at the beginning.  And the beginning is the first step.  All journeys start with the first step.

Taking the first step is usually the hardest step you have to take.  There is always preparation when starting a journey.  But if all you do is prepare and you never take the first step you aren’t going anywhere.

YOUR JOURNEY - PREPARE BUT DON'T OVERPREPARE

Preparation is good and necessary.   But some people choose to get ready to get ready and never get past the starting point.

Don’t let your life be a life that stays at the starting point and never crosses the line.  Take the first step today.  It doesn’t matter where your journey is taking you.  You have to start it somewhere.

Are you at a crossroads in your journey and you aren’t sure which fork in the road to take?  Maybe it’s time for a new direction.

We’ve never stopped our journey but we have discovered at times in our lives, it was time for a new direction.  The direction we were headed was leading us straight to a dead end.  And there was nothing more to do but turn around and head in a different direction.

If you are at a crossroads that is leading to a dead end, don’t worry.  We want to share with you how we made a course correction in our lives.  We now have freedom with our time.  We have the ability to do the things that are important to us.  We have time to spend with our kids.  We have the freedom to be at home with them all the time, while providing for them at the same time.

Take control of the steering wheel of your life.  Don’t wait another day.  You are at a fork in the road.  Determine today that you are going to move forward in your life.

You’re ready to take the next step.  Connect with us today.  Link arms with us and start your journey today.

To Your Success,

Carl and Carol Willis

 

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