Stories for the Homeschool Heart is a collection of stories of faith, hope and inspiration for and about homeschooling parents. Contributors from all over the country shared their stories of hope and healing, love and life in Stories for the Homeschool Heart. These special people included Mary Ann Kavanagh , who traveled half way across the world to adopt two beautiful toddler boys– Noah and Jon– from Russia, Chris Cherep Armshaw, who experienced grace through–of all things– a hamster, and Margaret Berns who wrote a beautiful piece on the blessings of baking and her old Bundt pan. Popular newspaper columnist and homeschooling blogger Elizabeth Foss gave readers a slice of her early teaching life, and the famous child painter Akiane’s mother told, for the first time, the story of her remarkable prodigy daughter and her own journey to the Christian faith, which came through Akiane. Even my two daughters got in on the act. Caroline, a high schooler at the time, wrote about an experience she had while doing some mission work in New Orleans when she went to volunteer to help clean up after Hurricane Katrina. Melissa, who has aspirations of being a professional animator, contributed some cartoons.
Patti Maguire Armstrong was my co-author/editor for the book. She is the mother of ten children, including two teen boys from Africa who were orphaned. She’s the author of nine books, including some of the best-selling “Amazing Grace” series published by Ascension Press. Patti is pretty amazing herself, and if you want to read more about her family and her work, check out her blog or website, Raising Catholic Kids.
Stories for the Homeschool Heart was released in the late summer of 2010 and quickly found fans among families everywhere that Patti and I took it. Although it was printed by a small, print-on-demand publisher, it beat out other books with nationally and internationally known authors to be voted by readers as the BEST CATHOLIC BOOK of 2010 by About.com. Don’t be confused that the award says ’2011′. The 2011 award is given to a book published the previous year. Patti and I are so grateful for this blessing and all the wonderful readers who helped make that happen!
The book is temporarily out of print but as of this writing, I still have just about three quarters of one box left. If you’d like to snag a copy drop me an email and I’ll pop one in the mail for you. If you live in the continental United States, $16 should cover it, including postage.
I would be remiss in not mentioning the Stories for the Homeschool Heart blog. There is lots of good stuff over there- Please feel free to pop in and look around. You can meet some of our contributors to the book, read a sample story or just catch up on some other articles, links and inspiration. One of the most controversial articles (which still gets comments and 10 or so ‘hits’ a day even though the post is almost a year old) is the article entitled “Ugly Girls”. I wrote it when the “Monster High” demons- I mean dolls- were released. Feel free to go check that out here.
I can see that I’m starting to ramble and it is well past midnight, so I’d like to wrap things up by simply saying, “thank you”. Thank for stopping by, and thank you for clicking on this page and for reading about our little book, Stories for the Homeschool Heart. It was a blast to work on, partly because the stories were so interesting, but mostly because the people, probably not unlike a mom or dad like you, were so kind and generous in sharing how God has touched their lives.
Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” And I truly believe it is such a blessing to travel through challenging days with friends, family and others who can help make things a little lighter and brighter. And the joyous moments are great to share too~
God bless you-