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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.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Cultivating Character in the Homeschool Day

A simple system to cultivate character in your kids

Written by Krista Smith.

A while back, I shared the Ticket Journey to Obedience, the system I learned from a very Godly woman and incredible mother whose three children are all following Jesus passionately as adults.

And while I thought the Ticket system worked wonders for us in the discipline department, and while it took a lot of the power struggles and tantrums right out of our school day, I noticed that there was still something missing in the life-blood of our family: edification.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

My Personal Goals for 2018

My personal goals for increasing in wisdom, stature, and favor with God and man in 2018

Kindness seems to be a theme that continues to steer my thoughts lately--kindness to myself and kindness to my people.

That's not to say that I've been living my life un-kindly, per se, but that kindness might need to take a more active, intentional roll in my days instead of just lazily riding in the side-car.

Jeremiah 31:3 says that God draws us all with unfailing kindness. In a society replete with keyboard warriors, point provers, and social media slactivists who want to blow the loudest horns in the public square, kindness seems out of place. Old fashioned. Forgotten. But kindness is always God's play because it works. Louder words don't work. Witty comebacks don't work. Offense and self-righteousness does not work.

God uses kindness. So that's what I want to use too.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Our Favorite Read Alouds of 2017

Top 10 favorite read alouds from a #homeschooling family of 7

Read aloud time holds a permanent place in our day. It's written in pen and happens no matter what. The official time is just-after-lunch-but-not-before-the-table-is-cleared-and-the-dishes-are-put-in-the-dishwasher. At least that's the time my clock always shows when we start.

Sometimes it happens with handwork, and sometimes it happens without. It usually depends upon how squirrely my boys are feeling and/or how much silence I want whilst I read.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

What We're Reading in January 2018

What a #homeschool family of 7 is reading in January

I'm only two days in, but I think it's safe to say that my 2018 reading game is gonna be strong. The weather man has pretty much sentenced all of us here in the near-tundra to house arrest for the next few weeks. The thermometer continues to flaunt numbers like -26 with wind chills that feel as cold as -70 at times. (Yes, you read that correctly. -70. Make it stop!) What else can one do but sturdy up in all-the-layers and read? Then, read some more?

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Disneyschooling in Animal Kingdom

Disneyschooling in Animal Kingdom #homeschooling

Written by Chelsea Gonzales.

If you've been following this series, you already know what an amazing learning experience a trip to Disney World can be. From history to science, there are awesome educational opportunities lurking around every corner.

(This post contains affiliate links. Please see my disclosure policy for full details.)

As a homeschool family, my gang makes an extra effort to seek out each and every available chance to learn while in the parks. It is my hope that I can pass this knowledge on to you and give your Disney vacation an educational spin you probably never would've expected.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Homeschooling After the Holidays {because Christmas break can't last for ever}

Homeschooling After the Holidays {because Christmas break can't last for ever}

Written by Jessica.

Christmas is just a handful of days away, and whether you’ve been preparing for it since the Christmas-in-July sales or you’re a last minute kind of gal, chances are you’re knee deep in all things Christmas right now. In less than two weeks, though, all the wonder of this season will be behind us and we’ll be standing squarely in a fresh new year. And with that, comes getting back to homeschooling.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

15 Kid-friendly New Year's Eve Activities

15 Kid-friendly New Year's Eve Activities on the cheap!

This past year has been a great one, hasn't it? I'd love to sit and reminisce with you--to talk about all the highs and lows, and the ordinary bits that fell in between. But alas, 2018 is rolling in hot like an out-of-control freight train. It's time to turn the page, whether we like it or not.

Before we cue the cut-off music and shove 2017 off the stage, though, let's take a time-out to celebrate and send it off in style.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

My Most Favorite Books from 2017

My Most Favorite Books from 2017

2017 proved to be a better than normal reading year for me. I finished 30 books. How's that for a nice round number? 

To be honest, I started a half dozen others throughout the year, soldiered through at least 100 pages of each (my personal litmus test number), but eventually set them aside for more interesting titles.

For a self-proclaimed bibliophile, 30 books a year doesn't seem like a lot. That's only a little more than two books per month. But, I'm a rather slow reader. I don't just read; I digest. 

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The BEST of The Unlikely Homeschool 2017

The BEST of homeschooling 2017- tons of tips and lots of encouragement

I've got my 2018 calendar spread out on the bed. I'm slowly starting to plug in writing commitments and TO DOs onto the pages. But, I'm determined to be kind to myself by holding the next twelve months loosely, writing only in pencil, or at least in erasable ink.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

What We're Reading in December 2017

A list of books for December by a homeschooling family of 7


As I’m hunkered down writing these very words to you, I’m surrounded by Christmas pleasantries. ’Tis the season. “The Little Drummer Boy” is wafting somewhere in the white space of my day. Ironically, my life plays a similar melody. Like the little drummer boy, I often feel very poor. Depleted. Empty. I have nothing fit to bring the newborn King, nothing but my daily drum—the mundane beat of life: laundry to wash, meals to make, lesson plans to prepare, a husband to honor and children to teach. These are my simple daily beats—the calling that he’s given me. But, I’m determined to play my best for Him, serving quietly; homeschooling daily; finding miracles even in the mundane; laying my obedience at His cradle. These are my finest gifts. Pa-rum-pum-pum-pum.

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