March 1, 2005
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We are Barbara & Douglas Smith, authors of Teach Me Lord That I May Teach. We live in Maryland and have been married
32 years. We homeschooled for 11 years, taking our son from 5th grade to high school graduation, and our daughter from 2nd grade through her senior year. We are all still friends, and the kids are properly socialized, knowing their right hand from the left. They speak in complete sentences, and are not afraid of strangers. Unfortunately, they do have trouble "lining up." Our son graduated with honors in three years from Hillsdale College, and by God's grace received a Master's degree from Keble College at
Oxford in August 2001. Our daughter is graduating from Goucher College this
having taken two years at the community college. We write and publish books for
homeschoolers and under the banner of Physicians' Disability Services, Inc.
we publish books (and a newsletter) for people with disabilities applying for Social Security Disability
Ebenezer Stones newsletter
This is a quarterly publication offering encouragement for homeschooling parents who believe they are in the thick of a tough battle. Samuel reminded the battle-weary Israelites of God's faithful leading in 1 Samuel 7:14, and that's the goal of this newsletter: Remembering how far God has brought us, we press on for the joy of the Lord is our strength! By Subscription: Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Free resources available here . . .
- Articles Online
Barbara is building up a library here of articles that she has and will be writing. There are thirty-three articles available. Barbara's latest articles are called, "The Blister", "Gossip", and "Twenty Pre-menopausal Symptoms That Have Been Sighted in My Home".
- Message Archive
Many of you may already be familiar with Barbara's participation on Christian Homeschool Fellowship on the Web, or chfweb.com. Barbara posts under the username of "BWSmith" and is affectionately known as "Our Own Barbara". Some of archived messages include -- "Why I Should Not Homeschool", "Using Ovens as Dishwashers", "Becoming a Woman of Prayer", "Allowing Emotions to Rule the Day", "Discouraged and Feeling Alone", "I just made a pot of coffee. Ya wanna drop by?", "Blessings or Lack Of?", and "Literature & Christians".
- Literature Studies
In "Introducing a Fellow Writer . . .", Barbara writes, "Barbara Black is a poet who has written 217 poems; twelve are gestating. Their birth will be a wonder-full event, for their author is unable to hold a pen or tap a keyboard." There are 8 articles/literature studies available now.
- Building Writers for the
Barbara has had the privilege to "facilitate" a great group of young people — writers for the coming millennium — who are homeschooled. They produced a literary journal, of which Barbara is quite proud! This teaching opportunity led to the point of this series of articles called Building Writers for the NEXT Millennium. Check out the newest article, A Modest Outline for Writing a Composition, an Essay, a Paper, or the Great American Novel.
Books we sell . . .
Teach Me Lord That I May Teach...
Teach Me Lord That I May Teach... (or what we learned thinking we were homeschooling the kids.) by Barbara and Douglas Smith is a collection of lessons sometimes learned the hard way.
From a Pastor's Heart
Third Floor Publishing introduces its latest publication, From a Pastor's Heart: Devotions for Today, A Continuation of Devotions by Uncle Bill, by Rev. William A. Mahlow, Sr. This book of devotions contains a lifetime of wisdom that spans generations. In the Introduction, Rev. Mahlow's grandson writes, "[I]t is my grandfather's hope that the Holy Spirit will use these words to effect the sometimes unpleasant process of change in your life."
Coming soon . . .
Barbara and Doug are also working on two new books to be released soon. Growing Up Homeschooling (or learning what we wanted the kids to take to heart) is
planned for this summer (2003). Barbara continues to build her Bible study on Nehemiah, Building With Ancient Blueprints
(or using Nehemiah's methods in your home school!) parts of which
have previewed on CHFweb. Stay
Disability books . . . Doug writes and Barbara
edits books for people claiming Social Security disability benefits and their physicians, through their company Physicians' Disability Services (or PDS).