Welcome to Daily Encouragement!

Hi, I’m Charlene Notgrass. I was born a long time before you, way back in 1953. I loved homeschooling — once I learned how to make homeschooling who our family was instead of something I carried around like a big, heavy burden every day. From the lessons God has taught me, I offer you daily encouragement. Read more about my journey.

Feisty and Sweet

About 100 people gathered Saturday morning to remember Miss Lena. Among us were her son and three daughters, along with grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Perhaps some of the great-great-grandchildren were there, too. Miss Lena was a sweet lady–and a feisty one.…

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After the young mother in North Carolina told me that she had been accused of not being a typical homeschooling mother because of the size of her earrings  (see yesterday’s blog), she and her husband (I’ll call them Sarah and…

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My First Book of Words

Last night Ray and I visited our daughter Mev and her family. I enjoyed our conversation around the table, playing with dolls on the floor with Clara, and holding little Wesley. Back home, I piddled around trying to get things in…

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