By the time I woke up from my dream, I was soaked in sweat, and a twisted bed sheet was wrapped a little too snugly around my neck. My wife was already in the kitchen, and three of my children were sitting quietly at the dining room table working in their familiar, time-tested books. As I made my way to the coffee pot, my wife kissed me and asked, "Did you sleep well, honey?" 

"Just fine," I replied. Then I grabbed my ball, hat, and coat and headed for the gym.  

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Pastor Timothy Palla and his wife Jennifer have been homeschooling  since 1993. They live in southern Ohio with their five awesome children: Drew, Dane, Aidan, Ethan, and Meghan. You may contact Tim at

This article was originally published in the Jul/Aug '09 issue of Home School Enrichment Magazine. Visit for more information.