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I'm a wife to my "Mr. Right". A momma of five. A maker of slow food and simple living. A collector of memories, a keeper of books, and a champion for books that make memories. An addict who likes my half-and-half with a splash of coffee. A fractured pot transformed by the One Who makes broken things beautiful. I heart homeschooling, brake for libraries, and am glad you're here with me on the journey! Be sure to subscribe to my daily digest via email or RSS feed. Or, follow along with Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google +, Youtube, or Pinterest.

Friday, December 2, 2016

20 Christmas Gifts Kids Can Make


36 

That's how many people have invested in my children this year. In church. In clubs. In sports.
Thirty-six people have poured into my kids week-in and week-out all year long. And I'm grateful.

It would be really easy...albeit economically challenging...for me to just pick up thirty-six gift cards or holiday gift boxes this Christmas to thank them all. But the truth is, I want my children to contribute to the gift out of their own gratefulness. I want them to acknowledge the very large sacrifice that each of these 36 men and women have given all year.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Open-Faced Turkey Sandwiches on Sweet Brown Bread


Open-Face Turkey Sandwiches on Sweet Brown Bread

Written by Beth Hautala of Eat Write Repeat.


I remember being five, maybe six, padding barefoot down the stairs at my grandparent’s lake house sometime after I’d been put to bed. It was post-Thanksgiving celebrations, which meant all of the adults, or nearly all, were draped over various articles of furniture, drowsing. Save for Grandpa, who was busy in the kitchen.

Monday, November 21, 2016

100 Easy but NOT Boring Readers for Young Kids


100 Easy but NOT Boring Readers for Young Kids-separated by reading level

The practicing-to-read phase is a tricky one. It comes right after the learning-to-read phase which is usually pure bliss. Most kids in the "learning" phase are so thrilled to be finally crossing over the great divide between those who CAN read and those who CAN'T, that they eagerly gobble up as many emergent readers as you can throw at them. But then comes the practicing-to-read phase and things begin to get a little dicey...sometimes even tragic. 

On the one hand, a child has to READ in order to practice the skills necessary for learning to read with fluency. But on the other hand, if he's still learning to read, his book choices are limited because he's graduated past emergent readers, but isn't quite smooth enough for "regular" books yet. For a while, practicing the skill of reading is a catch-22. 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Homeschool Mom, You Are Enough

Homeschool Mom, You are Enough


Written by Jessica.

At the start of this year I didn’t choose a word that would frame the months ahead, as is the trend to do these days. But a word has followed me around and challenged me just the same: enough.

As a homeschooling mama, I sometimes feel just the opposite – lacking, not measuring up, not good enough for this role I’ve been called to. And I know that so many other homeschooling mothers feel the same.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Homeschool Mom, Your Teen Needs a Different Teacher and Here's Why



In Joshua chapter 4, the children of Israel were commanded to build a memorial of 12 stones at the Jordan River as a reminder of the BIG thing that God had done for them in parting the waters yet again. Every time the people saw those stones, they recalled that day and their big, BIG God.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Curbing Entitlement During a Season of Excess


The "entitlement epidemic" isn't just another trite expression flung around on morning talk shows. It's not just sarcastic Baby Boomer banter. It is the sad reality of our current culture. From lack of responsibility, to lack of empathy, to overabundance of stuff, 21st century kids are proving to be s.p.o.i.l.e.d. like no other generation of American kids before them. 

Monday, November 7, 2016

What We're Reading in November 2017

What We're Reading in November

November marks a bit of a shift in our regular reading. You know? Thanksgiving and all that! I've set aside our regular Morning Time poetry book and am reading It's Thanksgiving!, a special collection of easy Thanksgiving-themed poems by the same author. I've also dug out our favorite Thanksgiving books from our home library and have placed them in our picture book bin. Fall is the season of change, so a slight change in our reading routine seems appropriate.

In addition, we're also reading...

Friday, November 4, 2016

Moments of Grace for Homeschool Mommas


Written by Krista Smith 

When my husband and I started talking about homeschooling our children, we knew, for our family, it was the only choice. I felt a strange, peaceful sense of, “I can DO this, God! You’ve led us here for such a time as this and I KNOW we can DO this!” But in the same moment I had a bout of sheer panic when I realized that I didn’t know HOW to do it or even where to start.

Enter: Some well-timed grace.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Presidential Election Resources with FREE Printable Ballot

Presidential Election Process for Homeschool with FREE Printable Ballot

I have voted in every single election...whether big or small...for the past 19 years. I've served in various capacities for the party that I most identify with. I've written letters to the editor and letters to my local and state officials regarding my stance on impending legislation. I've done all the duties afforded to me in a democracy. But, I'm not a political zealot. I actually think that the political system, however conservative or not, can never really change a nation. It is GOD who moves change. Period. Because here's the thing about politics, folks, Scripture reminds us in Daniel 2:21 that it is GOD who sets up or tears down kings. Not us.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Exchanging Halloween For Chocolate: Chocolate Squash Cake

Exchanging Halloween for Chocolate: Chocolate Squash Cake

Written by Beth Hautala of Eat Write Repeat.

Ahh fall. Season of pumpkin-spice everything, autumn décor, and costumes parading the aisles of every shopping center from coast to coast. 

Alas, much to my children’s chagrin, my husband and I have decided not to subscribe to Halloween celebrations. It seems a little counter productive (as a family full of small impressionable humans) to make an overly great deal out of a holiday designed to celebrate all things fright, spook, and haunt. Life is scary enough without a designated day to emphasize the fact. Also, Halloween is expensive, what with the bags of candy and snacks, costumes to match whatever current Hollywood blockbuster is in vogue, party paraphernalia, and beverages. I’d rather drop my cash on food, treats, and décor for upcoming Thanksgiving celebrations. Lastly, we live out in the middle of nowhere, so the likelihood that we will get (age appropriate) trick-o-treaters at our door is unlikely. I’d rather not invite older-than-children-strangers to my house, in the dark, dressed in costume, and let them give me the option of dishing out treats or getting tricked.

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