Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. ~Proverbs 22:6

October 2013 Newsletter

prayingHappy Fall, Families!

I want to share a little from my heart.  Recently, we have had to move my dear mother-in-law who is suffering with Alzheimer’s into a nursing home.  As we have been going through all her earthly belongings, we have come across many journals and books with much underlined that formed her life.  My memory of her is a wonderful woman of God, spending many hours in prayer intercession for many…many she wouldn’t even know. She just talked with them while checking out at the grocery store, they shared a burden, and she would add them to her never-ending prayer list.

Her journals are filled with prayer requests and joyful answers.  What a legacy she has left for her children and grandchildren.  I know from her life that she met with the Lord every morning, to set her heart on Him, her need for that wonderful quiet time that she started when her children were young.  I know that in our busy lives of homeschooling, schedules, grocery shopping, laundry, meal prep, etc.  I wonder how I can squeeze God in…but as my mother-in-law taught me, what started out as “one more thing she had to do” became so much more, and she would not miss her time with her Father God.

As I spoke with her not too long ago about struggles I was having, she lovingly gave me a book that has  been so marked up by her that its hard to read, but I cherish it…it shows me her heart. Here is an excerpt on prayer from “A BEACON IN THE DARKNESS”  by Roper.

Prayer for Jesus was an expression of deeply felt need.  It was the environment in which he lived, the air he breathed. Subject to constant interruption, busy beyond comparison, jostled by friends and foes, hassled and harried, he managed to keep up his communion with God.  Every situation was an occasion for prayer.

Sounds like us moms out there, right? I love the part where he said, “EVERY SITUATION WAS AN OCCASION FOR PRAYER.” SO wherever you are, I would love to encourage you to start a quiet time with our Father, set your heart on Him, let Him guide you throughout your day, pray without ceasing.

Blessings to you!
Dawn Snuffer, THEO VP


Please pray for the families who are homeschooling for the first time this year.

October 15: Sweet Success – Bridge Bible Church – 7:00-9:00 pmAre you new to teaching home school within the last two years?  Do you have questions on how to organize, where to get resources, what curriculum to use, am I on the right track, etc.?  Do you wish you could just get answers from someone who is seasoned in teaching home school?  This night is for you.

Come have coffee/tea and dessert while asking questions and getting answers from moms who care about you and your success.  Linda Nikkel and other moms who are seasoned in teaching home school are welcome to come, encourage, and share your experiences.

November 16: “M’m! M’m! Good!” – 12:00-5:00 pm – Bridge Bible Church

Join other homeschooling moms for a steaming bowl of soup, craft time, and fellowship. Everything will be provided for a delightful make-and-take holiday craft. Plus, we can talk and talk and talk…

December 17: Christmas Party at Verdoni’s – 5:30-8:00 pm

Join us at Verdoni’s Italian Restaurant for 1/2 price appetizers and gift exchange. Please bring a gift (approximately $5). Gifts that are always appreciated are Christmas ornaments, Lotion, Soaps, Candles, Food Gifts, Handmade Jewelry.

January 23: Organized Living with Davine Calkins – 6:30-8:30 pm

February 27: A Night with Linda Nikkel


The Laundry Hub is a free laundry service located at the Watermark church building in Grand Haven. In conjunction with Love INC, clients are provided a two hour time slot, detergent and other cleaning supplies. Being a relational ministry is primary for the Laundry Hub. Our desire is for volunteers to simply be available as a listening ear, a caring servant and the presence of Jesus. So we are only limited in our hours of operation by our volunteer availability. Volunteers can work as often as they like, but they are in 3-4 hour time blocks. If you’re interested in this most practical serve opportunity, please contact Kathy Johnson at 616.566.7051.leaf-tinyART LESSONS – PRIVATE AND GROUP

Beth Spencer still has a few openings for private lessons for Grades 6-12. Please check this information if interested.Gabbie Tiesma is also beginning a class for older students, Grades 5-8. Please check Beyond the Basics Art PDF if interested.


October 21st and 29th, from 7:45 – 9:00am, at 4975 Staple Road, Muskegon, MI  49445.Two steers will be slaughtered on the farm on each date.  Please contact Dee Bradfield in advance if you are coming (231) 766-2841 or  If there is a biology teacher that would like to use this opportunity to teach the families that come, that would be great.  Otherwise, it will be an opportunity to see the process beginning with shooting the steer to the halves being loaded into the truck. The organs will be available for us to explore.  I can show you some things, but I am not extremely knowledgeable.  The man who does on-the-farm slaughter was homeschooled and has chosen this as his career.  Only photos please.  No videos.  See this picture for a sample of what you may see, to determine if it may be too much for you.


Thanks for the many families who sent in the paperwork for THEO membership. I sent out membership cards to those whose membership was complete. Be sure to check on the discounts you’re eligible for with your membership card.


Many members have sent in a family picture to be posted next to their information in the online directory. It’s great to have faces to put with the names! The member directory is one of the THEO password protected pages, like the one you’re looking at now, so you don’t have to worry about your picture being “out there” on the Internet. If you would like your picture added to your entry in the directory, please email the picture to and we’ll take it from there.


Several middle school and high school students have received their student ID cards. We will send a card to those who would like one. The card will be wallet-size and laminated, so it will be easy to carry. In order to get a regular ID card, please go to the Student ID Cards webpage and fill out the form.leaf-tinyTHEO REGISTRATION

If you know of someone who has not yet renewed their THEO membership, please direct them to the website page, Become a Member. They can even begin their membership application online now!leaf-tinyNEW WEBPAGES

New pages have been added to the THEO website!
  • Questions and Mentors – If you have questions about homeschooling, need someone to talk to, or need a mentor to support you in your homeschooling, this is the page for you.

leaf-tinyIMPORTANT WEBPAGES – Tutoring and Testing

Check out the availability of services on this webpage.

  • SAT/ACT Tutoring
  • Tutoring in math and chemistry
  • K-5 tutoring