We had over 100 people at our home the other night. A friend gave me a fabulous compliment, “The Jeubs know how to throw a party!” We had plenty of food, a Frisbee game and a dance evening—all to celebrate Lydia’s graduation.
I like to say Wendy and I have the “gift of partying,” a spiritual gift taken straight from the Bible. Seriously! Here are a few:
Yesterday was a blast. Wendy and I had about 100 people stop by for an open house for Lydia’s high school graduation. These were some of our closest friends and family. I’m proud to say there is a lot of “love in the house.”
In 2007, Wendy and I wrote a book with this title, Love in the House. It was a response of sorts to the TLC episode on our family that aired that February. Kids by the Dozen showed internationally, an expose on our family of then-13 children.
After 15 years of corporate and self employment, I’m returning to a formal classroom setting at our local High Country Homeschool Enrichment co-op in Colorado Springs—for just one hour of teaching per week. This is what I used to do for a living in the 90s. I’m very much looking forward to this!
This is a local on-site class, so if you live in the area and have questions about joining, feel free to contact me.
Over 3,500 copies of my book, Jeub’s Guide to Speech & Debate, have been distributed to IEW constituents. Chances are good that you got a copy either from me (see my landing page here) or from my partner in promotion, the Institute for Excellence in Writing (who is giving it away for every $100 order this year). IEW hopes to distribute twice as many by year’s end.
If you have had time to read it, you probably discovered the wealth of information in the little book. It covers all you need to know to jump into the exciting world of speech and debate, even including a free curriculum that usually costs $20. Little time is wasted in this easy and to-the-point read, though I included a couple of good stories to motivate you. As Andrew Pudewa said in the foreword, “Speech and debate tournaments are the most exciting thing on the planet.” I hope you, like thousands of educators across the country, are convinced that speech and debate is a must for you and your home school next year.
Okay, so you’re convinced that you should do speech and debate. Now what?
I’ve got five action steps for you to consider, each of which will help make sure your first year of speech and debate are enjoyable and successful.
You would think that a publisher like me would be more savvy when it came to Kindle downloads. Surprise! This has been a weakness in my business. But no longer. I braved the learning curve and I am now an Amazon Kindle Publisher.
I just uploaded Wendy and my first book together, Love in the House: Filling Your Home With the Greatest Commandment. I learned the ropes of Kindle publishing and I hope more titles will follow. Two things from my development you may enjoy:
- The book will be available for FREE through Monday night.
- Wendy and I would love it if you shared this offer with those whom you love.
Let me explain a bit more detail of these two developments. I honestly believe you will find this interesting and enriching.
I’ve got a clunky self-employed engine in my life that I’ve done quite a bit of work lately. If you subscribe to my blog, you keep up with changes as they happen. This post opens the hood a bit and gives you a decent look at some changes I’ve made to help make the engine run a big nicer.
So, what exactly CAN you do on this street?
Today the National Christian Forensics & Communications Association (NCFCA) National Tournament begins. I just finished our National Intensive Training Camp (NITC) for a handful of qualified students. That’s a mouthful of acronyms for you!
I answered the phone one morning to an East Coast mom who wanted to know more about how to get her son involved in speech and debate. She referenced the book she was reading, Jeub’s Guide to Speech & Debate, at the beginning of our conversation. “Yeah, I wrote that book,” and there was silence.
My friend, Howie, and his wife, Carrie, babysat my kids the other night. He took this picture and posted it on his Facebook stating, “What it’s like to be Chris Jeub at dinner.” (Taken by Howie Whitcomb)
Andrew Pudewa gave a great shout-out to a room packed with homeschool parents last week in Virginia. I stripped the audio below for you to listen to. It’s one minute long, and then I’d like to invite you to take advantage of one of three opportunities—all ending at the end of this month.
Isn’t that great? I sure am grateful for friends like Andrew. He reaches a much larger audience than my little niche of speakers and debaters (see www.IEW.com), but you can tell he wants my little niche to grow big.