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We both started our careers working as public school teachers and also as private school teachers. Many people are aware of the shortcomings of public school but our experience showed that private schools are only slightly better as an alternative. Public schools suffer from 1) large class sizes 2) a factory based approach to education that leaves slower students behind and prevents gifted students from reaching their potential, 3) violence and bullying, 4) spiritual deprivation, and 5) a curriculum that at its roots is a government education based on a worldview that is frequently at odds with the child’s parents. Private schools usually have smaller class sizes, decreased violence or bullying, and parents can pick one that aligns to their worldview but where private schools frequently fall short is with their budgets and in the oversight/expectations of their teachers. Except for some of the most elite private schools, many of them are struggling to keep their doors open and for that reason they can not pay their teachers what is needed to attract the best educators. Additionally, the shortage of funds may make administrators hesitant to suspend or expel troublemakers, especially if those troublemakers are offspring of large donors! Many parents are surprised when they take their child out of private school and re-enroll them in public school that suddenly their child is struggling in school because they are significantly behind their public school peers in testing results and academic performance. Continue reading Homeschooling

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Our names are Anthony and Bethany, and we live in north Georgia. We are happily married high school sweethearts and parents to six amazing blessings! We love family and friends, and would love to get to know you better, too!

The biggest reason we started this blog was because it was a simple way to share information that was commonly requested from family and friends. We were often getting questions about recipes, health and nutrition, and homeschooling tips. Also, as we progressed toward building our dream homestead, we realized how much easier it would be to keep friends and family up to date by chronicling it online.

Wholesteading-com_FamilyPic_2015We named our blog because of our joint interest in whole living and homesteading. Wholesteading to us is more than just eating well and becoming more self-sufficient. It’s also about doing life well and living with purpose. We realize how little we know about so many things but at the same time, we have picked up a few golden nuggets along the way that we would like to share with you. This blog captures the wisdom we have acquired, the tales of our experiences, recipes worth trying, and much more.

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Daddys-drawing-of-Mommy-and-Daddy-08-07-02Blogging can be an intimidating undertaking so please be gracious with us. We will do our best to be authentic and open as we share our world with the whole world. If you like something, share it. If you don’t like something, leave us a comment and let us learn from you as we defend our position and consider yours. Have fun exploring!

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God’s Global Purposes – A message for “good” Christians

I thoroughly enjoyed this week’s message at North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, GA but more importantly, I realized that the intended audience was people like me….people that have been so focused on God’s personal and moral law that we have been distracted from understanding and participating in God’s global purposes.  The message is a call to “good Christians”….great, you are living right….but what about the Ninevites? Continue reading God’s Global Purposes – A message for “good” Christians

What’s on Bethany’s mind: What does God “highly esteem”?

SuccessI came across this in my reading today, and the second part of the verse really jumped out at me.

Luke 16:15  And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God.

So what do you all think “for that which is highly esteemed among men” is referring to?  Continue reading What’s on Bethany’s mind: What does God “highly esteem”?

One Hypocrite, Coming Right Up!

(Disclaimer:  For the purposes of this post, I will be making an analogy between a vegetarian hypocrite and a Christian hypocrite.  I in no way mean to imply that vegetarianism equates to Christianity, or that carnivores are carnal.  I am merely trying to draw a parallel between those who are inconsistent in beliefs and behavior.)

I heard about a new kind of sandwich the other day that truly intrigues me.  It is served by a burger joint called “Fatburgers”, and  is apparently a frequently requested order by some of the regulars.  The main two components of the sandwich are a veggie-based burger and . . .  bacon.  That’s right, bacon! It is no wonder the sandwich is affectionately dubbed “The Hypocrite” by all who order it. Continue reading One Hypocrite, Coming Right Up!