Do Not Grow Weary

Twice in the New Testament we are told, “Do not grow weary.” First in Galatians 6:9 (Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary) and again in 2 Thessalonians 3:13 (But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary of doing good). It’s so easy to say, but it’s hard to do! As a mom, you’re tired– you may be experiencing burnout as a homeschool teacher, or you may be feeling overworked from your service projects. Continue reading


My name is Jacki and my online alias is tundraJEM. I am an amateur writer, transplanted Alaskan, entrepreneur, occasional DIYer, homeschool group leader, homeschooling mom of now seven children (two who have graduated), wife to my amazing husband of 21 years, and above all, a child of a merciful and gracious God who loves me in spite of my unworthiness. My greatest passion is HOME: family, homeschooling, homemaking, Alaska, and Heaven (my eternal home). You can eventually find more of my ramblings at my new blog: Life in the Last

No More Sticks

This will be a very short post as I’m tired (and cranky — the A/C is out!) and I need to get plenty of rest for tomorrow. It’s been a week full of doctor visits again. On Tuesday we had a consultation with the surgeon who will be placing Jef’s chest port. From his office we went to our Primary Care Physician where she had some additional blood work done to see how Jef is holding up. Today he had his pre-op visit (more blood work!) and tomorrow he’s scheduled for surgery. Continue reading

A Letter to My Teenage Self

My Dear Child,

Please don’t cringe because I’ve called you “child” … in many ways you still are a child, although I know you don’t think so. You see yourself as a young adult; you feel you could take on the world if given the chance. But there is still so much you don’t understand about life. Again, I know you don’t think so, but please bear with me and read this to the end. Continue reading

What Are You Thinking About?

For as he thinks within himself, so he is.
(Proverbs 23:7a)

As I’ve been planning for the upcoming school year, one of the classes I’m setting up for my high school children is a psychology course. I’ve been watching videos and reading articles online about psychology experiments and they’ve been very interesting. Continue reading

Swayed by Desires

But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come.
For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy,
unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control,
brutal, haters of good,
treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,
holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power;
Avoid such men as these.
For among them are those who enter into households and captivate weak women weighed down with sins, led on by various impulses,
always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
(2 Timothy 3:1-7, NASB)

Somehow I’ve gotten out of the habit of reading the text before writing it each morning. However, this causes me to be extra careful as I copy, reading only 3-5 words at a time to write– and I must be careful not to let the rambling in my mind get in the way of what I’m copying. Perhaps your mind rambles, too. Continue reading

Plan B

‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11)

As a homeschooling mom, I’ve learned to be flexible. Life often interrupts our lessons, giving us more time on some and less time on others. When the children were little, I relied on “Plan B” quite often, thanks to crabby babies and impromptu park days with friends. I knew Plan B was just as good as my first plans. I knew I could rework my first plans into new plans for later in the week or month. I was never worried. Continue reading