Melissa R Wolfe

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Last year was a difficult one for me. My husband was deployed for 9 months, which meant he missed most of the birthdays and holidays. He deployed in early summer, and as we approached the winter I found myself simply going through the motions. I was so tired. Since he was on the other side

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Have you ever noticed that the way you handle situations often seems to rub off on those around you? Several years ago, I was introduced to the concept of a growth mindset at a conference. I loved the concept in theory immediately. However, implementing a growth mindset takes time and practice. I learned that you

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“Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming.” I often repeat this refrain to myself when things get difficult. Because if there is one thing that is certain, it is that tough times will happen to us. That is just part of life. Some days will be a bit difficult and some will be over the top

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I just finished up participating in a twelve week group mentoring program. It was intense and exciting. I accomplished a lot during the twelve weeks. First, I just want to say that everyone can benefit from more mentoring in their lives. You might be thinking, “Wait? I thought you were a mentor?” Yes, I am

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Reading Through Europe

Next summer, my teenage daughter and I will travel through Europe for 15 days. We’ve been counting down to this trip for a while now, and we are both very excited. To get us both ready, I’ve created a list of books that will help us better understand the places we are headed. I can

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Last week I started writing my list of my personal canon of books. After a bit of writing, I realized that the post was going to be pretty long. So I decided to split it up between fiction and nonfiction books. Here’s the nonfiction books. Don’t forget to check out my fiction list. Home Comforts

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There are some books that are so uniquely powerful in my life that I return to them over and over. Over time, I have built up a personal canon of books. Certain books I have read enough that they are like revisiting old friends. They are my personal classics, and provide a richness each time

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Reflections on 4 Years of Co-op Leadership

As we have been transitioning out of our homeschool co-op, I have taken the time to think about and ponder what it has meant to myself and my children. I have also given a lot of thought to how it felt to serve and lead the group. I have pondered how I can improve in

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It is official. I recently resigned from our homeschool co-op board and let them know that we won’t be returning in the fall. It was with a lot of agonizing thought that we reached this decision as a family, but I am at peace. My children and I have had many positive educational experiences and

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As the days lengthen and the heat rolls into town, our family takes stock of our current schedule and begins to make adjustments. I hope that your family does too. Even though not everything in life needs to be adjusted, we are about half way through the year and it is a good time to