Learning Readiness? They’re Born Ready!

“You would have to lock a two-year-old in a dark closet to keep him from learning the foundational skills upon which other learning is built!” As what some call a relaxed homeschooler, I’ve always had somewhat of an aversion to traditional schooling, or the classroom/textbook method (even when I was a high school teacher). Please don’t get me wrong–there are wonderful things textbooks can be used for: one of which is stacked on top of each other to elevate a […]

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7 Simple Things I’m Doing to Make This Year Better

In no particular order, instead of making new year’s resolutions, I’ve been working on a list of  simple things I’m doing to make this year better. I am a simple girl, I love simple changes and I don’t want to feel overwhelmed by resolutions I know I can’t won’t keep. Health There’s nothing like aging that will make you pay a bit more attention to your health. Turmeric is top of the list. Have you people read about this miraculous wonder-spice? […]

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The BEST Thing You Can Do for Your Kids When You Feel Like A Bad Mom

  It’s a long, arduous road, this parenting gig. There are the tiring years of baby and toddlerhood, when you’re too sleepy to really enjoy it, and then the teen years crash upon you, and suddenly, between the emotional outbursts and vague feelings of alienation, you realize those former years were really pretty great and you grieve that you didn’t take it in more deeply. And then there are many of you, like me, who are doing the whole gamut at […]

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Family Updates & a Merry Christmas to You!

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For those of you who subscribe to my newsletter, I recently told you about my husband’s back/neck injury and wanted to give a quick update that he did have surgery yesterday. The doctor really made an amazing call. He knew from a previous MRI that Aaron had bone spurs inside the vertebrae pressing on the spinal cord in one particular spot. But he also had some loss of his arm muscle which was specific to another area of the vertebrae. […]

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How Being a Christian Should Change My Home

Sometimes I need to give myself a good old-fashioned “talkin’ to” and you may as well eaves drop ’cause this is gonna be good. I find it easy to talk about this or that virtue of being a Christian–“be kindly affectionate to one another…”, “in lowliness of mind, let each consider others better than himself…”, and that bit about how the whole sum of the gospel is found in loving God and your neighbor–until it comes down to the hard […]

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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 and a general lack of concern for the tidiness of our home. **Deep breath** My Dad always says, “You can’t expect what you don’t inspect” […]

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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 is where we are in this moment. Circumstances will most certainly change, seasons will wax and wane, but we can’t waste NOW by waiting on […]

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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 distant fairy tale for people more spiritual than you. So what do we do? When we’re beyond tired? When we’d rather cry than face the […]

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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, personalized cutting board is the perfect way to demonstrate thoughtfulness instead of a run-of-the-mill kind of gift. I’m also going to tell you the secret to […]

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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: we have loved many of the Cornerstones of Freedom books–I highly recommend them for their short, interesting stories of history.) I was not an interested […]

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