Image of the Coburn family being them...messy and fun

So, two Christians walk into a bar….

That’s how our story starts, but God can meet us anywhere. For us, that means he put two stumbling followers of Christ in an unlikely place at the same time, and our lives were forever changed. Now, we are growing together and towards Christ in ways we only dreamed were possible. 

We live in Virginia and are a blended, homeschooling family with seven children, ranging from adults to elementary school. We love adventures, reading, and most importantly, growing in the Lord with our brothers and sisters in Christ. 

You can learn more about us here….

Meet the Coburns

Seeking the Symphony

The word symphony comes from the Greek word symphonia which means agreement or concord of sound—in other words, harmony. And that’s what we all want in our homes, right? But the reality of our world is that discord happens. Families fight. Siblings squabble. Coworkers Clash. God created a beautiful world of harmony, but sin came into the world and jacked it all up, and murder began with the second generation of humans. On our own, we are a disaster.

But, with God—the great Conductor of our souls, the Composer of our lives—everything changesRead More.

Upcoming Events

HEAV Convention

Join us at the 41st annual Home Educators’ Association of Virginia (HEAV) Convention! We will be co-hosting FamilyLife’s NEW Art of Marriage Workshop on Thursday, June 6!

Josiah and Alissa will also be leading a breakout session on Saturday at 1:30 (Room E24-B). Their breakout session is The Best Lesson: The Gift of a Strong Marriage. Homeschool life is busy, full, and challenging. It can be tempting to prioritize everything but your marriage. What a grave mistake! In this fun but challenging session, we’ll help you discover why modeling a strong marriage is the best gift you can give your children—and how to get there.

We will be volunteering at the FamilyLife booth, as well. Drop by to say hi!

In last week’s blog post, we talked about how our spiritual core strength—or lack thereof—affects our walk with the Lord and as a result, our ministry to others. A weak physical core affects our whole bodies and eventually begins to cripple our ability to move effectively; I can attest to this personally. In the same way, when we fail to do the deep spiritual work necessary to keep our souls “in shape,” everything we do is affected. In other words, our walk with Jesus starts getting real wonky.  It wouldn’t be very kind of us, though, to tell you what the problem is without giving you a solution. Therefore, here are the steps God has been working out in us to help develop us spiritually.

Where and how we walk is a frequent theme in God’s Word, but what I’ve realized recently is that we’re not walking where we should or how we should unless we’re willing to do the hidden work of deep spiritual formation. If we want to walk in public ministry, we have to be willing to take ourselves through intimate, private ministry. That having been said, this revelation came to me in kind of a weird way.  A WEAK CORE At the end of December, Josiah and I finally decided we had to make an investment in our family’s health and re-institute our gym membership. We tried working out from home for a long time, but it just wasn’t working for us.

Can we be honest? Marriage isn't easy.  "But those who marry will have troubles in this life…" 1 Corinthians 7:28 We feel like it should be though, don’t we?  Most of us entered into marriage with some kind of expectation - hope overwhelmed the reality of that verse. Surely, it can’t be that difficult, we think....

Over the summer, I found myself staring at my computer screen in horror. I felt my stomach plummet to my feet and my heart threaten to escape my ribcage. All our blog posts on our website—more than a decade of writing—was gone. My amateur efforts to switch hosting providers and themes for our website, along with a fair amount of procrastination in fixing issues, resulted in what was, in my mind, a catastrophic loss. My daughter worked a bit on our website the year before, so I called her immediately to see if she, by some miracle, had backed up our website (and our work). She hadn’t, but she said something that almost immediately gave me peace, “I’m so sorry Mom…but maybe this means God wants to do a new thing....”