Q's & A's


Lifestyle of Learning


By Barb Shelton and Friends

(and one "A" from Marilyn Howshall)





What's the difference between "Lifestyle of Learning" and "Wisdom's Way of Learning"?
What's the difference between the new and old versions of Wisdom's Way of Learning? 
Is it "Lifestyles (plural) of Learning" or "Lifestyle (singular) of Learning"?  I've heard it both ways. 
Can you tell me more about what this Lifestyle of Learning message is all about? Is it a curriculum?
Is this yet another thing I'm supposed to attain to?  Some "lofty" or unrealistic way I'm supposed to do it?  Is there a "best way" to do it?
Will my children be ready for college or work after they graduate or when they turn 18 if they have been allowed a delight-directed lifestyle of learning?
People say this message leads them to God; the Bible is what does this for me.  (So what they're really saying is "I don't need this message if I have the Bible.")
How are your (Barb's) and Marilyn's messages related?  
How do Wisdom's Way of Learning and Senior High Form+U+la differ?
How does the Lifestyle of Learning approach differ from Charlotte Mason's ideas? 
How can I get Marilyn's books?  I can't find them in any homeschool catalogs.

How long does it usually take for an order from the Howshalls to arrive?  ...  How can I find out when I'll receive it if it's taking too long?
So which of Marilyn's books should I buy ~ start reading ~ first?

How do I incorporate delight-directed learning with the concepts of Barb's Senior High Form+U+La? 


Q What's the difference between "Lifestyle of Learning" and "Wisdom's Way of Learning"?


A:  Wisdom's Way of Learning (which we will abbreviate to "WWOL" hereafter) is the foundational book of or for the Lifestyle of Learning ministry.  The original version of Wisdom's Way of Learning was a large, comb-bound book; the newer version is in four smaller books.




Q: What's the difference between the new and old versions of Wisdom's Way of Learning

A: The first edition of WWOL was one big huge book; the later version ($10 less at the time of this writing) is broken down into four smaller books. The information has been reorganized and updated. It's now much more easily digested.    The old version of WWOL isn't outdated; the new is just much *better*!  ... If you are able to get the new version, I highly recommend it. If an author goes to the trouble and expense (and believe me, both are HUGE, especially to home-based homeschool businesses) to update a book, you can be sure there is very good reason.  Plus, in so doing, (purchasing a new copy from the author) you help this ministry continue on. Buying used books is fine, but it doesn't help the authors. It's very expensive for homeschool ministries because of the proportionately small percentage of people who are homeschooling, not to mention the proportionately small number of people within the small homeschool community who are interested in pursuing a way that is "off the beaten textbook path." It's also very expensive because of how much it costs to self-publish. (We do too. But for the grace of God, we couldn't do it.) So we hope more homeschoolers will consider purchasing directly from authors and consider it a donation to their ministry ~ only because it IS!!! 



Q Is it "Lifestyles (plural) of Learning" or "Lifestyle  (singular) of Learning"?  I've heard it both ways. 


A:  It's "Lifestyle (singular) of Learning"; not "Lifestyles," a mistake people commonly make.  I've even seen it incorrectly on message boards!  And the way to refer to it, if you're interested, depends on what angle you're coming from.  You would say "We have our own lifestyle of learning" or "We have a lifestyle of learning."  Referring to the message, I'd say "It's the Lifestyle of Learning message."   




Q:  Can you tell me more about what this Lifestyle of Learning message is all about? Is it a curriculum?


A:  No, it's not a curriculum.  For my brief introduction to this message, you can read through all the pages here at my website, in the Lifestyle of Learning section ~ where you will find a variety of information on this message, like reviews, testimonies, excerpts of Marilyn's writings.  If, after reading all this, you have further questions (and you can be pretty sure that you will!), you'll want to get your answers from Marilyn Howshall, the developer of this message. She has prepared an introductory booklet which is available on this page. (It's the tenth ~ or very last ~ item.) 



Q Is this yet another thing I'm supposed to attain to?  Some "lofty" or unrealistic way I'm supposed to do it?  Is there a "best way" to do it?


A: There is no one "right" or "best" lifestyle of learning; each individual family has their own, whether they have planned it or not.  You are always learning something, whether it's good or bad, healthy or unhealthy.  For instance, even if all you do is watch television, you are learning to rely on something outside of yourself to determine the best way to learn or spend your time.  Or if your family has continual strife, arguing, unrest, you are learning (teaching your children) that this is acceptable.  Your lifestyle reflects your values, whether you have ever given it a moment's thought or not.  One of the goals of the Lifestyle of Learning message is to help families "redeem the time" and "make the hours of their day more profitable."  It is much deeper and broader than that, but that gives you an idea of what it is ~ and isn't.




QWill my children be ready for college or work after they graduate or when they turn 18 if they have been allowed a delight-directed lifestyle of learning?


A: [from Marilyn Howshall] There may be an assumption that a lifestyle of learning or delight-directed path is void of academics or academic excellence. This false assumption usually includes the subtle suggestion that children will always be children, unable to learn anything for themselves, thus they must be provided with a heavily force-fed schedule of academic disciplines which are then repeated year after year until they "get it". The following sums it up nicely: 



"If we professionalize teaching,

two bad results will inevitably occur:

first, things that are easy to learn will be

made to appear difficult,

and second,

things that can be learned in

a short time will be stretched out

indefinitely to provide some security

for the pedagogue."


~ Socrates

(as quoted by

John Taylor Gatto)



From Will My Child Be Ready?  Special Edition 1999 page 12




This next one is actually a

comment or a challenge rather than a question,

but I still want to address it.


Q: People say this message leads them to God; the Bible is what does this for me.  (So what they're really saying is "I don't need this message if I have the Bible.")


R:  (I'd put "A," but since they're not asking a question, this is just my Response.)  Yes, and that's as it should be. But the vast majority of homeschool moms who are faithfully reading and living by God's Word are still completely missing what it has to say about education, God's idea of education. They are unknowingly following the world's way. WWOL opens up and applies the Word in a new way and new light so that those who are immersed in our ideas of our society's concept(s) of education, and laboring and burning out trying to imitate it, can more "accurately divide the word of truth" and appropriate its truths to this area. 
       If you are not burning out on the world's ways of educating, or if you are able to discern these truths without Marilyn's help, that's great!  She does not see herself as as the savior of homeschooling, she only points the way to Jesus ~ who IS "the Way" ~ for the thousands of homeschooling moms who are burning out.

       Many moms have even put their children back in school because they just couldn't do ~ live up to ~ what they thought they were supposed to do for/with their children, education-wise!!!  It's likely that most of these mom read the Bible every day, attend in-depth Bible Studies, and love the Word.  Yet they have still missed God's simple, freeing message of coming to Jesus and learning of Him, and letting Him give them a burden ~ an educational burden ~ that is light, a yoke that is easy and that is a right fit. That is who her writings are directed toward and minister to.  If a person is not in a place where they need the WWOL message, that's fine.  But they need to remember...
       Homeschoolers are in many different places in their walks with God and their understanding of and approach to education. Those who are in the place of not needing the Lifestyle of Learning message presented in WWOL need to see and allow that God has many different ways of working in people's lives, many avenues of speaking to His people. If this were not true, there would have been no need for Moses, Elijah, Isaiah, John the Baptist, Paul, and the many Christian leaders today. We must allow God to do the needed work in others without "disqualifying" the messages that don't particularly click with us.




Q How are your (Barb's) and Marilyn's messages related?  


A: [From Barb:]  In a nutshell, my message points the way to Marilyn's.  But it is much more than that. The Lifestyle of Learning message is the heart and soul of everything I believe in relating to homeschooling. If you have not read anything of this message, you are missing out on what I know to be "the very best part" of homeschooling!  Remember the Mary and Martha scene with Jesus? Well, if all you get of my message is the forms and formats and ideas for creatively teaching your children ~ and encouraging them to learn for themselves ~ then you are just getting the "Martha part."  I do also have a lot of "Mary's part" in my message, but there is soooooo muuuuch mooooore! And that is what Lifestyle of Learning offers and is all about. 

     As far as I'm concerned, this message is non-optional for every reader of my book. I know, I'm sounding very pushy and bossy.  I guess the effects of being the oldest of seven children will never wear off .   But at the same time, I KNOW that I KNOW what this message will do for you, and how it will change your life and your thinking!  My message will start you on this path; Marilyn's will get you securely grounded in it!  

     My hope and prayer is that NO one will miss out on it because of thinking they don't need it, or a misperception about it.  I am going to let a few homeschool moms continue to answer this...




A:   [From Fran:]  I first read WWOL about 4-5 years ago when the Davis family of ElijahCompany (in Tennessee) recommended it as one of the most important books they had read that year. I've read it twice and reread parts of it. I think it lays a foundation of education ~ you know, just what IS this thing called education? Is what we're accustomed to the real thing or is there a completely different system that is based on TRUTH? Maybe the key word is system, knowing from God's Word that the world has its own system ("wiles" in KJV; "methodia" in Gk) Eph. 6:11. I wanted God's system for my children. Barb's message is concerned about the foundation too, but to me it is do-able ~ practical ~ hands-on. It shows me the leading of the Holy Spirit in Barb's life on a day-by-day basis. 

        It's more than that, though. One just has to read it to see how the Holy Spirit will work the written word into the reader's life. (He just reminded me that when I showed WWOL to a sister in Christ, she recommended that I dedicate the book to the Holy Spirit, asking Him to show me what He wanted me to see each time I opened it. So WWOL was the first book I ever dedicated, and Form+U+la was the second.)  I thank God for such sisters as Barb and Marilyn who step out in faith and are such an encouragement to the Body of Christ.




A:   [From Trish Nonaka:]  I think the answer is pretty simple. Barb's message gives us a way to document our own "lifestyle of learning" and the things our children accomplish in a way that "the world" can grasp and equate to. While we focus on character and godliness in our children that often doesn't count for much in the "education" arena. Barb helps us to see what we are doing by the Lord's leading is "transferable" into education-ese WITHOUT compromising what God would have us doing to help fulfill His Will and Plan for that child! 




Here's what one homeschool

mom, Melanie (who you'll be hearing a lot

more from in a moment) told me:


"Which method works for a family

would be dependent on the way that the Lord

leads, guides and directs any particular family.

Both approaches are WONDERFUL; one might work

well for one household, another for someone else.

The freedom of living a lifestyle of learning


is a major component of both

methods. In that, the heart

of both messages is

the same!


And to close this question

about how the two messages are related,

another homeschool mom told me:

"Thank you for listening to all

of us "burned out" moms. We have so

needed your and Marilyn's message.

God bless you as you continue to reach

others for God's kingdom."



Q: How do Wisdom's Way of Learning and Senior High Form+U+la differ?


A:  [From Barb:]  I asked the Sr. High Form+U+la SHF-L List listees to explain the difference between the two messages from their perspectives, and here's what several moms said...





A:   [From Wendy:]  Form+U+la is like a bridge between traditional "school" and Lifestyle of Learning.





A:   [From Jolyn:]  I have truly been blessed by both Marilyn's writings and yours. I was heroically (and often exhaustingly) "bringing school home", and my husband would remind me that character issues and relationships were of greater importance than academic schedules. When I read WWOL, I finally understood. What a relief to hear truth that echoed the work God was already doing in our hearts and was also academically sound (God's ways always are sound ~ ridiculous how we often don't trust them).
       Venturing into high school was uncharted and somewhat scary, so when I came across Chris Davis's recommendation of Barb's book, I bought it. As others have mentioned, it does a WONDERFUL job of showing us how to record our lifestyle of learning. This gives us a common language when discussing education with people of other persuasions, and also a sense of accomplishing "high school" (great for our kids, and also nice for us).  




A:   [From Patti (in Florida):]  I would say Wisdom's Way of Learning is the philosophy of education behind Form+U+La. I see Barb's book as how to put WWOL into practical use. It is just me, but while WWOL helps to understand the philosophy ~ I put practical first. I used Form+U+La for years and years before I ever read WWOL. It didn't really change what I did, I just understood what I did better.





And here's a long

response, from Melanie (quoted above)

but it's very good!!!!!

(I hope you won't skip it just because it's long!)


A:   [From Melanie]  YES, there is a difference but it can be difficult to put into words! I will TRY to put my two cents in on this without being too lengthy...
        After reading both Wisdom's Way of Learning (WWOL) and the Senior High Form+U+la books, they seemed SO different to me that I struggled to figure out how the two were even alike!!!    It is only now, having read and re-read BOTH books SEVERAL times that I can see that it's the HEART of the messages that are the same and only the methods that differ. (I may be a little "slow" to observe the obvious at times...) 
        To me, one of the glaring difference that I had trouble seeing past were the methods of record keeping. One seemed to involve LOTS of paper work, the other seemed structured but fairly "paperless."  If you've read both books you will know which is which.   
        The Senior High Form+U+la is a way of recording a high school age student's learning experiences into a more traditional looking college "prep" format (rather than "career" prep only). A more traditional-looking transcript is invaluable for those who may have college-bound students. 

        The key is: LISTENING TO THE LORD's voice AND FOLLOWING HIS INSTRUCTIONS FOR YOUR FAMILY rather than using a generic, one-size-fits-all man-made plan. God leads some in this way and some more in a step-by-step matter. For those who are very much 'big picture" and need some tools to help them see the nitty-gritty details to be looked after to "color in" the big picture, Senior High Form+U+la is a ton of help! 
        Wisdoms Way of Learning, is more of a line-upon-line type of thing, almost like a masterpiece work of art being created bit by bit, line upon line, her a little, there a little, as the Lord leads and directs and each stroke of the brush eventually adds up to a clear "big" picture. But it's only when you look BACK after years of schooling you can then see how the Lord was leading, guiding and directing and then put it all down on paper as a way of recording the process after the fact. During the process though, WWOL requires listening carefully to the Lord, sometimes following His voice without always understanding exactly where He is going with something, like Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt into the promised land. The key is: LISTENING TO THE LORD AND FOLLOWING HIS DIRECTIONS FOR YOUR FAMILY rather than following a generic, one-size-fits-all man-made plan. 
       The WWOL approach is VERY much "career prep" oriented as it seems to be almost assumed that college is not really going to be a part of the child's continuing education. WWOL is more a matter of simply directing the student through "seasons" of learning with the confidence that as a child is allowed ample time and opportunity (free from academic pursuits) to develop their individual interests and skills (via productive free time) that developed individual skills, gifts and abilities will open doors for career opportunities when the time comes.  Using the WWOL approach would mean that the "high school" years would be spent mostly on further developing, refining and polishing up of skills and beginning the process of applying them to more "job" type situations outside the home. 
        I looked in the book (Senior High Form+U+la) and pages VI-A~5, VI-A~12 and 13 show the WWOL way of record keeping.  (from Barb:  Just to clarify, and I know Melanie knows this, but there's not actually a certain, or "THE way" of doing it; this is just "a" way.)  Looking at that is a really great way to see the difference between the unit-of-life approach versus the credits approach.
        I am "formaphobic," but God is helping me to see how helpful they can be, and we have gradually begun to use some (forms that is) around here these last few years and now for our daughter's high school because she absolutely LOVES them and finds a thrill in little boxes of things to check off. Ever since she was little she has designed her own little charts and checklists for FUN. <?> I just don't get it... That's why Senior High Form+U+la is such a wonderful treasure in our homeschool tool chest. It shows me how to organize things in a way that makes sense to her!  I do prefer the paperless route myself, but since my job is to train her in the way SHE should go I know that means using some forms since she delights in them so.
        However, that said, I do hope that by discussing forms I do not give a limited idea of what Senior High Form+U+la is about. It is a WONDERFUL book about much more than forms and every time I read it I am just so thankful that Barb was willing to take the times to sit down and write it and bless us all!




Q: How does the Lifestyle of Learning approach differ from Charlotte Mason's ideas? 


A:  There are overlaps and dovetails, but they are quite different in focus and approach. 
Q continued:  Do you feel there is any need to "scrap" the CM approach to change to LOL approach?


A continued:  The Lord is gentle and doesn't usually have us scrap anything, but rather has us just continue pressing in to Him and then He gradually brings about the changes He wants in us. I would suggest that you just keep reading all you can of Marilyn's message ~ every one of her books (and they are VERY reasonably priced, and worth their weight in gold) ~ and you gradually see for yourself.
Q continued:  I have been reading some of Marilyn Howshall's articles from your website and find them very encouraging. I am just wondering if holding on to Charlotte Mason ideas will hinder me in trying to focus on LOL approach.

A continued:  Probably, but rather than trying to hold on to ~ or let go of ~ CM, or really focusing on that at all, I would just focus on getting an understanding of the LOL message, and then you will know what to do with CM.  There is sooooo much more to the LOL message than what I have presented here at my website!  This is just a little taste!  You really need to get her books ~ starting with Wisdom's Way of Learning ~ and begin just taking them in, asking God to speak to you "between the lines" of what you are reading. It is going to be deeply life-changing.
Q continued:  It just seems that now Charlotte Mason's ideas and many of the books people use in that "circle" have almost become a curriculum in itself. I don't want to get caught up in that, but want to continue to individualize my teaching to my children ~ not take Charlotte Mason "books" and wrap them around my children.


A continued:  Good for you! AND your children ~ that you're not wanting to get caught up in that.  But, you know, this can happen with ANY approach!  Even Lifestyle of Learning!





Q: How can I get Marilyn's books?  I can't find them in any homeschool catalogs.


A:  We (the Sheltons) carry their books right here at our website!  Click here to go to the Lifestyle of Learning section of our online (secure!) catalog!




Q: How long does it usually take for an order to arrive?  ...  How can I find out when I'll receive it if it's taking too long?


A:  My husband, Dave, is VERY speedy!!!  Probably the fastest service you will get anywhere!!! If we have the books in stock ~ which we usually do ~ then you will receive your order as fast as the Post Office can get it from Washington State ~ the northwest corner of the U.S. ~ to wherever you live.   In the meantime occupy yourself at my website!!!  I bet you can't get everything at my Lifestyle of Learning area and my Article Chart read before your order from arrives!!!    (And if it's taking longer than a week, it's only because Dave was gone for a few days (not often) or we didn't have a book in stock and had to wait for it to arrive from the Howshalls.  (Because we are extremely busy with the "wonderful life" the Lord has given us, we would greatly appreciate you not emailing or calling to ask when your order was sent until it has been at least 2 weeks since you ordered it.  It only takes more time away from doing the other things the Lord has called us to to have to explain "all the above" ~ which is all I would do.)



Q: So which of Marilyn's books should I buy ~ start reading ~ first?


A:   I would say...  whatever stands out to you. Everyone is in such a different place!  But I don't think it matters too much because everything Marilyn has written is going to minister you.  Even titles that seem very "elementary" or that don't sound like something you think you need, I guarantee will be addressed in a manner totally different from anything you've ever read.  EVER!!!!!!!  And I know it will be edifying to you!  So don't get hung up or too concerned about what order to read things in. You'll have to read it all at least three times before it makes sense anyway!  So my profound advice to you is this:  just jump in and start getting familiar with the message!     I guarantee that you and your home(school) will never be the same!
       That said, you can try reading Wisdom's Way of Learning first, as this contains the heart of the Lifestyle of Learning message, but I have often seen that moms need more "ground" tilled up in their hearts before being ready for that.  If you start reading WWOL and just aren't "getting it," then go to the Guide-a-log which will begin opening your eyes ~ and "tilling soil" ~ preparing it further for the "word of the Lord" that will come through WWOL.  And by that I mean that the Lord speaks MUCH truth IN that book, through Marilyn, but He will *also* be speaking much truth, directly from HIM to YOU, through the book, what I would call "between the lines of what you read."  Many moms get frustrated with WWOL because of how difficult it is to read.  It's not what you would call a "fun read."  It's not intended to be.  But after reading some of my writing, you might kind of want or expect it to be.   ;-)   I tend to be humorous.  But as hilarious as I am  (  )  Marilyn is ten times deeper, and her message much more life-affecting!!!!!  So if you can't quite "get it" now, PLEASE keep coming back to it over and over, if necessary, and WORK on "getting it"!!!!!!  Nothing else out there will be more life-changing and IMPROVING for you and your children, your relationships, and their futures!!!!!!

       One more note:  You will most likely start feeling a great deal of "discomfort" and even conviction at times.  Dear sister:  God will give you the grace to walk through this!  Do NOT shrink from the discomfort.  If ground (dirt; earth; soil) could "feel," the process of breaking up the soil, digging, planting seeds and pulling up weeds would all be very painful.  But what LOVELY fruit (or flowers) it yields "in due season" when the process is complete!  "He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it."  For now, just let Him begin it!  

With a big hug,






Q:  How do I incorporate delight-directed learning with the concepts of Barb's Senior High Form+U+La?  What I see in Form+U+La is that we set educational goals WITH our children, set up a structure to attain those goals and then guide, encourage and hold them accountable for those goals.  When I read Marilyn Howshall's materials it looks like the educational experience just evolves out of interests with one interest leading to another and no overall plan or structure is implemented.  Aren't these mutually exclusive?

A:  [From Lesli:]  (I, Barb couldn't have answered this any better myself!!!)  It took me several years to conclude that "bringing school home" was NOT satisfying my children.  I didn't learn well in the "traditional school" environment, but I didn't think I could do something different.  (I started homeschooling in 1985.)  That's how almost EVERYONE homeschooled that I knew back then.  We all became frustrated and burned out, so I pulled some homeschool reference books together and started doing fun unit studies with the children.  We've done a bit of different things over the years.  When I bought Barb's book, Senior High: A Home-Designed Form+U+la, I felt even more freedom ~ much more for the high school years.   I also have Marilyn Howshall's Wisdom's Way of Learning and wondered how the two could "meet."  As I have implemented various aspects over the last two years, I've seen how well it works!
         My oldest children at home right now are a 17-year-old daughter and a 15-year-old son (plus 12-year-old and 4-year-old daughters). My older children have no idea what they want to do in their lives when they are grown.  (My oldest daughter wants to be a wife and mom, which I think is great.) We pray together often asking God to reveal their desires, talents, and gifts so they can further them for His glory.  (They have them, but don't always recognize them.)  Soooo, I set up a general guideline for high school.  They each have their own high school notebooks.  I have gleaned suggestions from Barb's many forms, from her grading criteria to her T.A.S.s and A.C.S.s, to use for classes like home ec., dating, history subjects, etc. 

         I have used her Master Framework approach as this one is easiest for me at this time, and determined what they may do for high school.  The "trick" (if you will) is that it's all WRITTEN  IN  PENCIL.  As I/we discover a delight-direction, THAT gets attention and is added to (or gets its own) Class Content Plan sheet. Sometimes it may be sewing projects my daughter gets into and spends days on (also working on other stuff, but this mostly), or art projects my younger daughter loves to do.  As the Class Content Plan sheets have grown, I can remove other sheets that may not then be necessary.

         I am waiting on the Lord to show us more clearly.  I thought I'd be anxious waiting, as the children aren't getting any younger.  But as someone said just this week, Jesus' yoke is easy and His burden is light.  When I am truly trusing Him, it is easy to rest in Him and accept that He is in control and knows our hearts.  He WILL help us ~ you and me.  He has always helped me.  That doesn't mean I will have a smooth road, but it's not such a chore with Him leading the way and straightening the path.
         In John Ortberg's book If You Want To Walk On Water, You've Got to Get Out of the Boat, John talks about God-given talents, gifts, and desires.  He says we need to (yes, even we adults) take TIME to contemplate, to listen to who we are.  NOT to become "me" centered, but to discover who GOD wants "me" to become.  This is true for our children as well.  So, if I load my children up with too much to do, they won't have time to listen to God and hear who they are.  I do have my children do work ~ creative handwriting, math, read real books for history and science (I do use Apologia which is a curriculum).  Also, my children must give me two major reports each year.  They may chose the subject.  So far, we have all loved to learn from their report.  But they have time to rest, contemplate, listen to God, too.

         This may not look like Marilyn Howshall's way, and it isn't entirely, as I am still learning as I re-read her books. But I have come a long way; and I must say, my children love to read and seem to enjoy learning this way as opposed to the "traditional" way of schooling.    Also, Barb's book is filled with "heart encouragement".  I went through it pretty thoroughly lately and saw God's fingerprints throughout it.
         Another thing, I don't believe Marilyn ever intended to send her children to college, and she writes on the training of our children in righteousness. Barb's book is giving us "tools" that can help build character whether our children go on to higher education or not.  For instance, Barb recommends that high school children put together a portfolio (in section 5), whether they ever intend to use it.  It would show the child where they have been (and in my mind possibly a hint of that delight-direction if not already found), and show skills in perseverance, orderliness, organization, etc.  We are all uniquely made. 

         Some may live in areas that require strict accountability with records, others may know where they want to work or go to school and what they require (records or port folio).  It is kind of funny how I find as I use the forms, the weight (I once had) to bow down to them is gone.   Praise the Lord!   (I wonder if this may have been one of Barb's goals.)
         I hope this has helped some.  I don't think this is something we figure out overnight.  I think it is a process that God uses to work on us MOMS!  I love how He woos us.  If I've confused you at all, please let me know.  I'll try to be more clear.





And I will close by quoting

another homeschool mom, Shalia, who said

this of Marilyn's books:


"Thin books, but fat in

information and insights that God

has used to challenge and stir me

into His plan for this family."





If you have further questions of a technical nature (as

above), please email me (Barb Shelton) with them.  Please note,

these are not "official" answers; they are just what I

tell people when I'm asked. (which is often!) 






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