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Recently, through the power of the internet I have had the joy of speaking through my written words to homeschool families around the world. I consider it a great honor to be allowed by God to speak words of encouragement to many who are traveling along the path of home educating their own children.

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In the summer of 2011 I traveled to Albania to hold my first granddaughter. While there I had the great joy of being asked to speak about my homeschooling experiences and philosophies to a group of homeschool moms, both Albanian and American. When I shared with those women I realized that while much of what I wrote more than thirteen years ago in the original Organized Ramblings transcended country and cultural boundaries, some of it was from a very US-perspective. I have attempted here, in this International Version of the book, to maintain the original setup and flavor of the book, while at the same time modifying some of my “Americanisms.” (Though, good or bad, it will still be a homeschooling book by an American, just as it is clearly a homeschooling book by a Christian!)

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My prayer is that this book, along with the many others that God has enabled me to write, will be an encouragement and blessing to home educating families throughout the world.

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{Any notes added to the book specifically for this edition will be noted this way.}

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Preface – Second Edition

The 2009/2010 school year has become a time for me to complete unfinished projects and redo previous ones. After almost twenty years, I was excited to finally redo my first book – An American Looks at Wuerzburg, Germany.

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Organized Ramblings was one of the next books I wrote. Of course, things have changed some in our lives since I first wrote it: I’ve now homeschooled almost thirty years, graduated a total of nine of my twelve children, added three lovely daughter-in-laws to the family, written countless additional books, and started a homeschool resource center.ii

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