I have been homeschooling my six children since Josiah turned five in 1994 – one of the greatest joys of my life! In this section I share my insights, successes, failures, tidbits, tips, resources and encouragement for anyone homeschooling or thinking about homeschooling.


We have just discovered a wonderful little verse and memorised it together. It’s Psalm 138v3:

“When I called, you answered me: You made me bold and stouthearted.”

Now I often find myself praying that I will be stouthearted. 🙂 And it’s a verse that often comes to mind when one of the children need to be brave. They like the verse because it makes them think of brave… read more

Heartfelt Advice

A while ago, we celebrated Milly’s 14th birthday. When each child turns 14 we have a special day where people speak into their life and offer words of wisdom. My neice read out a beautiful letter which had written for Emily, and she’s given me permission to put it on my blog. Thanks Hannah!

Dear Emily,
You are so blessed to be in a family that places value in… read more

What’s the Message?

I just found a little notebook in my tidying up and discovered some notes I’d jotted down.
“Your appearance sends a message. Know what that message is!”

Not sure who said it, but it’s true, and worth thinking about. And it doesn’t just apply to the the clothes we wear – it’s the look on our face, the stance of our body…
It would be good for us to… read more


Read a wonderful quote from Rabbit of Winnie the Pooh fame.
“Spelling isn’t everything. There are days when spelling Tuesday simply doesn’t count. You can’t help respecting anybody who can spell Tuesday, even if he doesn’t spell it right.”… read more

Homeschooling Blues

A fun song about some of the challenges that we can face in our homeschooling journey that can make us feel a tad ‘blue’ sometimes.  Now on You Tube… read more

Creating a Family Mission Statement

The Boom family have had great fun working together to create our very own family statement – something that will capture who we are, and who we long to be as a family. Here are some notes that I gave at HEART on this subject.

Thanks to Stephen Covey for the inspiration on this topic from his book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Familes.

A family mission… read more

Family Mission Statement

Last night after dinner, we had fun talking together as a family about creating a family mission statement – something that defines who we are and what we want our family and home to be. Chris put up a big bit of paper on the wall and we began. First he asked us all to think of things we like about our family. It was great to see all the… read more

Mud Slides

We’ve had a wet, windy week up here in the sunny north. But at least our water tanks are full now.

The kids have been hoping the river will flood again. This morning, come school time, Jake, Sam and Milly were nowhere to be seen. But I heard giggles and peals of laughter coming from down by the river. I got my camera and put on some gumboots and… read more

Seize The Day

I was speaking at a camp sometime ago and collapsed into bed late the first night. I turned off my light, and lay back on the pillow, ready for sleep. Suddenly, I got a real shock. There on the ceiling above me, a mesage began to appear and glow in the dark. I fumbled around for my glasses and put them on.
Seize the Day! was written in large capital… read more

Seize the day!

I’ve just finished searching through old photo albums looking for a certain photo to go in my next book. I got totally side-tracked as I looked at photos of ten years ago, and my beautiful children – so little and so very cute! How the years fly!

Just last week, a friend of mine was staying at a camp. At night when she went to bed and turned out… read more