Debe's Domestic Doings
Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior…, teaching what is good, so that they may
encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored.
From Debe's Heart - Titus 2 Articles
Debe Haller, wife to Danny for over 36 years, mother of four home-schooled graduates and grandmother of eight, has been a respected leader in home education since the mid-1980s. With truth and humor in her writings and popular workshops, Debe shares Biblical principles and practical applications she has learned by God’s grace to be a wise wife, a creative parent, and a resourceful and organized homeschooler. Debe is the founding owner/principal of Hope Christian Academy and author of The Challenge of Raising Cain, co-authored with Bethany Bennett, Mrs. Mom: Agonized or Organized? Workshops include the above titles based on her books as well as Created to Be His Helpmeet, Ten Foolish Things Homeschoolers Do to Mess Up Their Lives, How to Teach Cursive Writing, and Opposites Attract.
A Hopeful Heart
by Debe Haller
Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart: wait, I say, on the Lord."
Danny and I began our adventure of home educating our children in 1984 when our two oldest children were in second and fifth grade. Throughout the years we have marveled at God’s grace as four toddlers became teens, three teens turned twenty, and three children were married and became parents. We have experienced the highest of highs and the lowest of lows that only come through parenting. Since beginning to home school we adopted our two daughters, birthed Hope Christian Academy, two of our children revisited traditional school settings and came back home. We lost several loved ones to death, began to fellowship at a new church, watched God cause growth in us as His children and in the seeds we planted- both in the ground and in our children. We changed curriculum umpteen times, had children hospitalized, joined the Advanced Training Institute International, and gleaned lessons about God’s care from our mother hens and their chicks. We were blessed with eight grandchildren and opened our first homeschool store. We graduated our four children from Hope Christian Academy between 1991 and 2006.
Danny and I learned new ways to structure our day, celebrated thirty-seven years of marriage by God’s grace and developed treasured friendships. We added a pot-bellied pig named “Millie B. Bacon” to our menagerie and daily experienced God’s mercy. We home schooled our nephew, a niece, guided our four teens through encounters with junior college courses, trusted God to protect two of our children as we sent them to Indianapolis and Dallas for further training and obeyed God as He inspired effort and provided time to write two books. We have watched Hope grow from fourteen young and apprehensive families to over 160 families who are committed to follow God’s best for their families and work together as a team for the protection and perseverance to fulfill our calling to home educate. After thirty-four years as parents and twenty-three years of homeschooling, Danny and I now enjoy quiet moments as empty-nesters that are frequently interspersed with a house and yard full of visiting grandchildren. God continually reminds us of our priorities as He provides opportunities for us to invest in the lives of our children and grandchildren for eternity.
In the summer of 2003 we moved the school office and library from our home to a commercial location and expanded our services to include a home educator book and country gift store. “Store schooling” three grandchildren gave us new ideas and perspective on home schooling. In the spring of 2006 God provided the quaint two-story building at the front of Garden Grove Friends Church property that now houses our school offices, library, and meeting rooms. After five years, our Homeschool Store and More is in the process of liquidation due to the mass availability of materials readily available online to the homeschool community.
If we are Christian families who desire to make a difference by raising up a foundation for future Godly generations, we must make plans and invest ourselves for eternity, taking the daily steps necessary to obtain our goal. We can not afford to focus solely on each day, each semester, or even each year, as though getting through that moment in time is our goal. We must look ten years down the road. Where, or better yet whom, do you want your family, your children, or yourself to be in the year 2025? Hope operates as a team of committed parents working toward common goals.
The vision at Hope is to offer support, guidance, and accountability to parents who desire to train their children to 1) live by Biblical principles; 2) practice responsible life skills and stewardship; 3) pursue excellence in academics; 4) be conformed to the image of Christ, and 5) be team players and good examples to others. We are training our children, especially teens, to reach beyond the desire to look for what they can get from others and Hope activities. Our children are being taught to be submissive to their parents and all authorities, and good examples to other children. We have confidence that God will develop character in our children as we follow His principles in training them to look outside of themselves for purpose in life. Let’s look to God to give us unity as conservative Christian private home educating families pursuing excellence in education.
Other articles by Debe Haller:
Overwhelming sadness and eternal treasures
Hang up and relate
Missing the gingerbread men
Death of a vision
Wrestling God in the shower
His ways are not our ways - New location
Too busy to gossip