Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Lawyer Mom ~ Faith, Family, and the Pursuit of Homeschooling

Names can be so important. As parents, we agonize over them, try them out, let them roll off our tongues. Even after all that, a nickname or a variation may kick in as the child grows and a personality develops.

The same can happen with blogs. At the beginning, before you even knew I existed and I was blogging mostly to an audience of one, this blog went through a couple of names. First Comes Love was the third name I settled on, and it seemed to fit. But that’s been a few years. In that time, I’ve grown personally and in my writing life. My children have grown older and have helped me identify more of who I am and what passions the Lord has given me. It’s been a time of great growth.

For a while, I regretted my law school education. I was fulfilling my call to stay home with Littles, but I felt like I’d gone through four years of expense and effort for nothing. The worst part was warding off difficult comments from strangers and friends alike about how I wasn’t using my education.

But my dad {who passed away five years ago} was a lawyer, and my education ties me still to him. That’s his green law dictionary in the photo. He used that when he attended the University of Illinois School of Law in the 1960s.


I’ve also realized in recent years that I do use my legal education…in my parenting. J

You know what else? So do you.

The simple definition of lawyer is advocate. An advocate is someone who is on your side, your champion, supporter, spokesperson, crusader.

Isn’t that what we moms are for our families, for our husbands and children? In future posts, I want to explore this further…how the law applies to and is similar to our mothering.

More than that, it’s just who I am. I was a literature major in college and then went to law school, and both experiences have shaped me greatly. Isn’t that the point of education? Doesn’t that get to the heart of why we homeschoolers homeschool?

I also want to write a bit more about homeschooling. That’s a huge part of our lives, and I don’t write about it nearly enough. In particular, I’m going to be leading my ninth-grade daughter through some classics of literature, and we’d love for you to join in, whether you’re homeschooling or reading them for your own edification. More on that next week!

For now, I’m staying with the same colors and schemes for the blog. I don’t want anyone returning to be confused and think they’ve hopped over to the wrong landing spot.

So, let’s kick this off with a giveaway of one of my favorite things ~ a book!



Between Us Girls is a story of friendship found where you least expect it. From the back cover ~

Welcome to Casa de Vida—eleven quaint bungalows located three blocks from the Pacific Ocean in tiny Seaside Village, California. Owner Liv McAlister never advertises vacancies beyond a small hand-lettered sign out front, preferring to trust that God will send the right tenant at just the right time. And He always does.

Meet Jasmyn Albright—she’s had more than her share of bad breaks lately, beginning with the tornado that demolished her farmhouse. Emotionally fragile and feeling utterly alone, Jasmyn heads west, hoping to outrun her heartbreak. And she doesn’t stop until she notices a small sign that reads “Vacancy.” Before she’s quite aware of how it all happened, Jasmyn finds herself the newest tenant at Casa de Vida. She hardly dares to hope that her fortunes might be about to change…but of course when God is at work, anything can happen, and new beginnings are one of His specialties.

Sometimes among strangers, family happens. And sometimes, when we least expect it, romance is a welcome guest.

I haven’t read it yet, but I’m anxious to get to my copy soon. J

Leave a comment or send me a note through my Contact page if you’d like to be entered in the drawing, and I’ll announce the winner next Monday. {U.S. entries only, please.}

As always, thank you for reading!











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46 comments:

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    1. It does, doesn't it? Thanks for entering the drawing!

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  2. You have to follow the leading if the LORD to fulfill your life completely. Our plans are not always HIS plans.
    I have tried and tried to leave this message on my laptop. Then even tried to email you. Got on my husbands computer so we will see if this works.

    Charlotte Moore

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  3. The book looks really good. And - you are amazing! Bless you for following God's plan!

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    1. Thank you so much, Robin, for your encouragement. You're entered! :-)

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  4. I like it! It's impossible to sum up who a person is in a word - or a sentence. We are each a volume of work. I love that you're embracing who you are. I think the lawyer aspect of you shows wonderful depth and commitment. The mom part of you is better for all you became before your became a mom. And just like the degree increased your essence, being a mom has added a richness and depth to you, the value of which, only God and time will be able to tell. The wife you are is vital to all of these. It's great to see the support and cooperation you and your husband share. You and your family are a wonderful example to others, but even if no one was looking, the life you've built together is an awesome place for all of you to live.

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    1. Angel, thank you, friend, for your exceedingly kind words! I'll treasure this for a long time to come. :-)

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  5. Congratulations on the rebranding. Looking forward to seeing what God does with your family and your blog in the new year!

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    1. Thanks, Sarah. You're entered, and I'm sure if you win you'll get it read before me. :-)

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  6. I can't wait to see what books you have chosen for your ninth grader :). It is nice to see us change and grow. Isn't that God's plan for our lives? To change and grow closer to him. Thank you for being a friend, Meghan.

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    1. Thank you for that reassurance, Kelly, and thanks for your friendship. Hope to see you at the local events coming up this spring! You're right, of course, that growing closer to Him and within His will is His plan for us.

      BTW...don't you have this book already? ;-)

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  7. Sounds like a good book. Excited to see what is in store for your blog, it is always a joy to read.

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    1. Thank you, Mary, for your presence here! :-)

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  8. As always, love your blog and you're such an inspiration to me -- educationally and spiritually! As far as we, your blog readers, are concerned you are using your educational backgrounds and talents every day! You have such a way with words and with your family, which I feel inspires me to do a little bit more in my life. Thanks for all you do and the book looks great (I can't ever pass up a new book!) Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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    1. Aww, Tina, thank you, friend! That's my prayer for this blog...that God would use it however He wills to inspire and encourage, even if it's just me. :-)

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  9. I so enjoy reading your blog:) thank you

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  10. The new name suits your blog well. The book looks like a wonderful read for Spring Break Vacation. I'm looking forward to your literature post in the future.

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    1. Spring Break sounds great, Melissa. You're entered! :-)

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  11. This book sounds interesting! I'm SUPER excited about your classical literature list...I can't wait to see what goodies I might have missed, or ones I've forgotten about that I desperately need to re-read!! :)

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    1. Literature list coming next Monday, Ruthann, and you're entered in the drawing. Thanks!

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  12. I love the changes, Meghan! You are such a blessing to me. xoxo

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  13. Good to see you back with changes...I can't get over the fact that people made comments about your education! My great-grandmother who trained as a teacher (and then decided to be a stay-at-home mum) apparently used to say that 'If you have children, your education is never wasted'. I definitely agree. It's inspiring to see that you do too and to see you taking ownership of your lawyer self! Exciting to be able to share your journey.

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    1. When I was pregnant with my first child, the OB made a comment! Oh, well...your great-grandmother was right. :-) Thank you so much for your kind words, Helen!

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  14. hi Meghan,
    love your blog and also love a great book! can't wait to win this one and start reading it! lol
    kay

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    1. Thank you for reading, Kay, and you're entered! :-)

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  15. Great post, If you have time I would love you to link up at good Morning Mondays if you haven't already. I'm from Australia so I'm not entering the giveaway. Blessings

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    1. Thank you so much, Terri, for the invite! I'll check it out. :-)

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  16. I would like to be entered in the giveaway. I love the new look and name of your blog! In my opinion, a good education is never wasted and you are certainly putting yours to good use!

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    1. Thank you, Deb, for your kind encouragement! You're entered in the drawing. :-)

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  17. Hi Meagan

    I know just what your talking about when you say ,stay at home Mom ,home schooling her children. My youngest daughter graduated School Of Law in Kansas City Mo and after being a partner with another attorney for less than a year, she and her husband adopted a baby boy and from then on she was a stay at home Mom who surprisingly got pregnant with her first child . Now she has 4 boys and home schools, however 2 of the boys really wants to go to real school LOL (another story)

    I know it was such an expensive education however it does help both of you be wonderful Mothers.

    PS my older daughter(doesn't like children) is an attorney also and bad mouths her sister often about losing her education to being a MOM , these girls are different as night and day
    thanks for reading my chatter LOL

    Janice

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    1. Come chatter anytime, Janice. :-) Four boys? What fun, and how wonderful to homeschool them!

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  18. Hi Meagan, I truly loved reading this blog and your recognition of how your education comes in handy as a mom who homeschools! Awesome! I can't wait to see what books you all come up with to read for literature! :)

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    1. I think we finally finalized what my daughter will be studying for the remainder of ninth grade, Leah, and that's coming out on Monday. We're both so excited about it! Thanks so much for commenting, and you're entered in the drawing. :-)

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  19. Meghan, though I am not a mother, I love to read your blog. Your honesty is refreshing and you family is so sweet. I'm looking forward to your Literature series. I love to read and often wish I could read my favorites again for the first time. Have a wonderful week/weekend! God bless you and your family!

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    1. I hope you do join us for the literature study, Lydia. I'm going to be rereading them as well, and I would love to get some lively discussions going here! :-) Thanks so much for reading and commenting, and you're entered in the drawing.

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  20. Meghan, I found your blog through A Wise Woman Builds her House. It's very nice to meet you. Any education that we have is always a good thing! :-)

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    1. It's wonderful to meet you, Gina. So glad you stopped in! :-)

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  21. The book sounds wonderful! I would love to be entered. I, too, have heard so many times that my graduate school education was "wasted" because I am home with my children. You have always been an inspiration to me-- and I love that we have so much in common. I am looking forward to reading all about your literature program! Many blessings, my friend!

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    1. I thought of you while I was writing this, wondering if you have had similar circumstances, Lisa. I pray these comments encourage you as well, friend! :-)

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  22. This is wonderful and I look forwarding to staying on with you and stopping over as often as possible. Blessings from the Lord, Meghan. It has been such a special thing to know you, even if through cyberspace.

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    1. Thank you, Naomi. We make a lot of friends online, don't we? I would love to travel the country and meet everyone! :-) Many blessings to you!

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  23. Meghan...It's a great new title! I love it! Change is good and God's timing to move us towards change is perfect. And your education is not wasted. Knowledge is a good thing. :-) Have a grand week.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, Naomi, and your time spent here. Prayers for a wonderful week ahead for you! :-)

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