This coming March, my eldest child turns 25 years old. [It's completely shocking.] I thought I would share with you 20 of my hard-earned nuggets of wisdom, learned over the years of parenting my four kids. They are not necessarily in order of importance, mostly because I couldn't decide which were more important than the …

Why Worldview Matters to Me

John 1:1-5 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light …

“Hold out your hand…”

Recently, I have been reading through the Gospel of Mark. About once a week, I take a few minutes of my quite time and read one chapter slowly and thoughtfully - my pen poised to underline anything that catches my heart. This is what I was doing a few mornings ago... This particular morning, I …

A tough old marine & his little girl

People have often asked me why I do what I do...why I have such a passion to help families give their children an education (built on relationship) at home. The answer to that is tightly woven and wound around strands of silky threads of memory - strands so fragile, like a spider’s webbing. These memories, …

Getting to the Heart of Your Child’s Behavior – Guest author, Ginger Hubbard

Recently, I was given the wonderful opportunity to read and possibly endorse a revolutionary, new book. I was so impressed with Ginger Hubbard's I Can't Believe You Just Said That!, that I wanted to recommend this book to all of you, and allow her to speak directly to you on an issue about which she …

let them out. it’s okay

This post is for all the mommas out there...the ones watching their babies grow up right in front of their very eyes... the ones who don't know how to feel about the changes - welcomed or not - that keep whipping around the corner, aimed straight at our hearts. Yes, Momma, you - the one …

Hi there!

Hi, there! I'm Angela O’Dell,  Jesus follower, wife to my very best friend, mom to four wonderful children, and fellow homeschooler. I'm also an author and speaker at Master Books (author of the Math Lessons for a Living Education and the America's Story history series), owner of Jelly Bean Jar Publications, and a passionate life coach …