• life stuff,  Mom talk

    my THM story…

    Over the last three and a half months, I’ve been on a journey of taking my health back. I had noticed that over the last three years, I had been putting on weight. Being someone who has never really struggled with weight (and having the ability to carry it “well”), I wasn’t too worried. I hadn’t been on a scale in over two years, but I knew that there was more of me than there used to be! I had gone up a size in shirts, and the jeans I used to be able to slip into with no problem were cutting me in half when I sat down. I…

  • encouraging truths,  homeschooling,  Life Help,  Mom talk

    The Steadfast Moms’ Journal – is an interactive experience that encourages and facilitates unity, strength, and support in the Christian Homeschool Mom community. Author, speaker, and life coach, Angela O’Dell is the host of this all-new, monthly journal and support community! Click below to hear Angela’s audio message explaining the vision and mission statement of the Steadfast Moms’ Journal. Listen to Angela’s audio message here! About the project… Ephesians 4:1-3 1 Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. 2 Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of…

  • encouraging truths,  homeschooling,  Mom talk

    Created for Today

    Created for Today. This title for a future book keeps rolling around and around in my heart. Created for Today. I have writing projects lined up around the block patiently waiting for completion, so for now, I’ll have to be satisfied with a blog post by that title. It’s so easy to keep looking way out into the distance to that far off goal. But today is the day we’ve been given to live. Today is why we were made. Today is a precious gift, as unique from any other day of your life as a snowflake is from any other. You will never be in the same as you…

  • Life Help,  Mom talk,  My family

    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 others… So here are they are in random order. Write down the funny things they say Kids say the darndest things! At the time that they say them, we think that we will always remember every word, but after a couple of years, the exact wording and even the context starts to slip away. Take…

  • freedom dance,  Life Help,  Mom talk

    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 shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. Genesis 3:1 “Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, ‘Did God really say…?” John 8:44 “You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your…

  • encouragement,  Mom talk

    “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…

  • Jellybean Jar Books,  Mom talk,  My family,  unique education

    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, laced and interwoven, are the tough-as-steel-cable foundation of who I am and how I look at the world. They are where my dad lives. It’s amazing to me how forgiving a child can be…my dad wasn’t perfect – in fact, on his deathbed, he poured out his anguish of regrets and sorrow for the mistakes…

  • encouragement,  guest author,  Life Help,  Mom talk

    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 and I both share deep conviction: getting to the heart of our children’s behavior. It gives me great pleasure to introduce you to my guest author, Ginger Hubbard.

  • encouragement,  Mom talk

    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 who feels like you have to be strong. all. the. time. The one watching her children stepping up to that new milestone – walking through that new door. A mixture of pride for the person they’ve become and the longing for the child they once were, makes simple tasks like breathing difficult sometimes. If you’re…

  • Mom talk

    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 who focuses primarily on child development and parenting. This blog is meant to be a place of encouragement. I do have a website/e-store and the math and history series are available through masterbooks.com, if you are looking for the place to buy my books, but I wanted to keep this blog as a place where mommas…