The $4.50 Secret to My Clean House (Also, An Easy Way to Teach Your Children Diligence)

  I really loathe the nagging me. The me that craves a bit of order and beauty, despite the reality of a large family, and just believes everyone else should be a part of keeping that order and they should long for the beauty too, except when they don’t and I’m left nagging about chores half-done […]

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Are You Wasting or Living Life?

“The most important work you and I will ever do will be within the walls of our own homes.” -Harold Lee Do you ever feel like you’re just busy waiting for the next phase, the next season, the next step? Once we arrive *here*”…life will be easier, slower, better. But… We are here. Now. Life […]

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What to Do When You Can’t Get Past the Hard in Your Day

  Lean in hard and listen. We know all the verses, don’t we, about rejoicing in adversity and taking joy in trials? But on those very hard days when you have a thousand things coming at you without the mental strength to process or deal with them all, those verses can seem more like a […]

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How to Make an Easy, Cheap Personalized Gift–Printed Cutting Boards–or Buy Them

I wanted to let you know about a new business I’ve just started and am just tickled about! I Wood Gift You is the way to send your favorite people (including yourself!) a personalized cutting board–I’ll ship them a one-of-a-kind, charming gift! It’s becoming really popular with realtors or anyone who routinely buys gifts for their clients. A useful, […]

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My New, Favorite, Christian History Curriculum (Relaxed Homeschooling)

I feel like I’ve stumbled upon a homeschooling gold mine. As a relaxed homeschooler with a particular concern about teaching accurate history from a Christian perspective, I labored over how to teach my children history for a long time. We had tried reading some popular history books but frankly, they bored my children (and me). (Disclaimer: […]

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Gratitude…At Any Cost

  (From a woman who woke up with both arms and legs amputated after contracting the flesh-eating bacteria, Strep A, after giving birth): “I’m so grateful….I’m so grateful.” It starts right here with the “Queen of Blame.”  I’m set like flint on a mission to root out attitudes of ungratefulness, victimization and blaming in myself […]

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Stop Being a Bully Over the “Purity Movement” Thing

I’m so tired of it. And I think it might be the elephant in the room. So, you “did” courtship and now you see things that were off about it. I get it. There were weird versions like, “You can’t be trusted to be alone for a second with a member of the opposite sex” and […]

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The Secret Ingredient to Real Learning (A Simple, Remarkable Trick to Help a Child Read)

As a relaxed homeschooler increasingly persuaded of the power of a child’s natural ability to learn, I’m always reading the thoughts of educational reformers who have tapped into this forgotten phenomenon. The Everyday Genius: Restoring Children’s Natural Joy of Learning, is the incredibly fascinating book I’m reading now, and so far, I love his ideas on how […]

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Character: What it is, & How We Encourage it in Our Children

We can’t be disillusioned by our children’s choices, blaming ourselves. God is the perfect parent and He has had prodigals since the beginning.  But I’m telling you, Satan wants to use it to tell you you’re a failure and cause you to be dismayed to the point that you feel like giving up on your […]

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The ONE Parenting Tip That All the Others Hang On

I apologize in advance if this punches you in the gut, but you might take heart in knowing it did mine too. Because for all the desires of our heart to be good parents, we forget one colossal thing: they are children. Learning children. Growing children. Not yet finished children. And maybe we expect too […]

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