And just like that, the school year is over (almost)!

Our seniors have graduated, and several of them are in Europe on their long-anticipated Senior Trip. Our SOL/SOR students are taking the last of their finals. Our SOG students are gathering up their textbooks to turn them in to their teachers tomorrow. When the clock strikes noon on Thursday after the dust settles from this […]

Enjoy the Fruit!

It is harvest time; the time when we can see the results of all the hard work that all of you have done, students and parents alike. This is especially true for the senior families! Last night we saw this in full at the Baccalaureate Service. (A worship service to give thanks for and celebrate […]

It’s not about you.

As you are reading this, I am likely in Phoenix celebrating with my oldest son, Luke. He is graduating from medical school today and was chosen by his classmates to be the commencement speaker. He got his first choice of residency programs in Emergency Medicine and he will be heading off to Burlington, Vermont at […]

Wait for it… Wait for it…

As parents it seems like it takes forever to find out if what we are endlessly teaching our children is having any impact. So often it seems “in one ear and out the other.” For some siblings, one of the problems that seems most protracted is sibling rivalry and bickering. Nothing seemed to bother my […]

JUST LISTEN!

As many of you are aware, I was recently hospitalized as a last-ditch effort to get rid of my 8-week left side headache. (Thank you so much for your prayers, by the way. It meant so much knowing that the Veritas community was lifting me up to our heavenly Father.) I’ve been reflecting on the […]

Rounding the Last Lap

Closing in on the final 5 1/2 weeks of school! That’s hard to believe isn’t it. Depending on what grade level your children are in, they are facing smooth sailing to a good finish, a steep climb with some big challenges, or a steady run to the finish line. The smooth sailing group have been faithful, […]

The High Cost of NOT Giving your Child a Christian Education

It is expensive to NOT give your child a Christian education. When I lived in Illinois in the early 90s, there was no such thing as tax credits. (They’re still not available in IL to this day.) Therefore, when parents were thinking of pulling out of the public schools, they were thinking of paying out of […]

We accidentally judge things we don’t understand:

You are walking along when suddenly you see a man running toward you wildly. As he gets closer he is shirtless and barefoot, yelling loudly, and waving his arms erratically. You are disturbed and clearly this man is more than disturbed. But as he gets closer, you understand that he is yelling, “Lion! Lion!” And […]

Not Smart, but Heart

Why did you choose a classical education? Was it your goal that your child would graduate with super high academics and outstanding college entrance test scores? These can be dangerous goals. This can backfire and produce proud people, those who think they are better than others and look down on others.  I was reminded of […]

Valentine’s Day

I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to write about love on Valentine’s Day. While my husband has always called February 14th a “Hallmark Holiday,” there are actually some ties to Christianity and Valentine’s Day. (Personally, I think he just doesn’t want anyone to tell him he must buy his wife flowers or chocolate on a […]

Salting Our Conversations with Grace

Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. Colossians 4:6 One Sunday night I dutifully posted the lesson plans for my Composition class online. I uploaded a worksheet and everything. On Wednesday, I got an email from a parent asking me where the […]

Perseverance In Our Children

I recently came across an article which stated that children’s intelligence is not the greatest predictor of their future success; it is their perseverance, or “grit.” It is not too soon to help foster perseverance in your children! There are many Bible verses that refer to perseverance. Romans 5:2-5 says, “Through Him we have also […]

Prayer that Works

When my 9-year-old granddaughter Ainsleigh heard that Aunt Kathy was not expected to live, she came to her mother Hope and asked, “I want to talk to you, but not as my mother. I want to talk to you as a Christian. I have a serious question.” Hope held her breath and encouraged her to […]

Putting Your Children First

I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts, The World and Everything in It, one recent morning, and heard a commentary from Janie B. Cheaney that made me think of you (and our Veritas model). Side note: I love her name. Wouldn’t it be cool if I had married Joe Krishell? Well, maybe not. […]

Wisdom from Mayberry

Over a long break, it is interesting what one might run across on TV. My wife told me this part from the Andy Griffiths Show: When a hobo told Andy he should just let Opie “decide for himself” how he wanted to live… He had these words of Mayberry wisdom. “No, I’m afraid it don’t […]

I’m Sorry

“I’m sorry that you feel that way.” “I’m sorry, but I just get so angry when you say you don’t understand me.” “I’m sorry I snapped at you earlier today. You did not deserve that. Will you forgive me?” All three of these statements include the words I’m sorry. Which one of them is a […]

A Picture of a Vision Casting Dad

Every now and then I stumble across a movie that resonates with me and makes me see some issues in a new light. One such movie is King Richard, the true story of Richard Williams, the father of Venus and Serena, the all-time top-ranked women singles tennis players. One of the things that impressed me […]

I Do Not Cease to Give Thanks

“I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers…” (Ephesians 1:16) The issue of expressing gratitude came up in a family… we’ll call it a “discussion” recently. The spirit of the debate was more about the motivation behind giving gifts:  Do we give them with the expectation of receiving acknowledgement/gratitude, […]

Staying Off the Rollercoaster

Staying Off the Rollercoaster — Have you ever felt that trying to keep up with your child’s moods and behaviors is like riding on a rollercoaster? I remember the old-time rollercoaster. Slowly the car would climb to the top of the first peak. Even though it was slow, we knew the inevitable plunge was coming, that […]

The Word of God as Our Standard

I have been burdened by an issue that seems to be creeping out of our secular world and into our religious organizations: How can we disagree respectfully? How can we handle our differences like Christians? I was at an ACSI Leadership Conference this week and was dismayed to learn that pastors, school administrators, and teachers […]

What Are The Underlying Needs?

When I attended a Trauma Informed Care workshop on Friday, I discovered that I did something very right by accident just the day before. In the morning Virtue Lauds, I was so happy to see the 5th & 6th graders after Fall Break and no lauds on Tuesday due to Picture Day, I just looked […]

American Noise

I had the incredible privilege of spending the day with the School of Rhetoric students on October 8th at the Triangle Y Ranch Camp and Retreat Center in the foothills of the Catalina Mountains near Oracle. Here’s what I can report: The theme of the retreat was “American Noise.” Mr. Hardeman spoke passionately about God’s […]

Creatures of Habit: The Good News and the Bad News

Like with so much of life, the fact that human beings are creatures of habit is a double-edged sword. My wish to weigh less is outweighed by my habit to munch on the same things at the same times everyday. If I am not thinking, I have a precise order in which I grab a […]

In Koinonia With You

Koinonia is defined as Christian fellowship or communion, with God or, more commonly, with fellow Christians. This word, from the Greek word κοινωνία, popped into my head this week along with “community.” I get to be a part of this koinonia throughout the day, and I see it happening all over campus. Moms stay behind […]

Becoming Is a Journey*

In numerous places in the New Testament, it is stated that we are predestined to be conformed to the image of Christ (Romans 8:29 for example). This transformation is from one degree of glory to the next into His likeness (1 Cor. 3:18). This becoming is God’s work in us by the working of His […]

On the Same Team

I’ve spent some time watching your kids play during their lunch recess period. The Gaga Ball Pit is like a magnet, seeming to pull children from the ramada over to it as quickly as possible. After being assured that they did, indeed, eat their lunch first, I allow students to play. Here are some of […]

That Wasn’t So Bad…

I think this statement after my first home visit was meant as a compliment. The Mom quickly added that she had no idea what to expect and wasn’t sure why I wanted to come by to visit. The second Mom admitted that when she saw my earlier note and saw I would be in her […]

Friendship & Community

This week, the themes of friendship and community kept revealing themselves to me in different forms.  Proverbs 17:17a says, “A friend loves at all times.” I received a beautiful cross with this phrase on it from a dear friend, just because. It’s not even my birthday! 1 Corinthians 12:14 states, “For the body does not […]

Dads: The Men, the Myths, the Legends

Dads: The Men, the Myths, the Legends — This idea comes from my sweatshirt with that saying for Grandpas. It is usually good for a laugh, but I think it is also worthy of some serious consideration. We need to sift through the various myths, legends and stereotypes about being a Dad and get down […]

More Than a School

Well, here we are! Another school year has begun. When my boys were young I was convinced that June and July flew by at warp speed. I’m guessing that many of you are wondering where the summer went as you loaded up your children for their first day of school on Friday. As a military […]