We have just walked through an unexpected season of busyness. Everyone knows the saying, “When it rains it pours.” Though life with children (no matter how many you have) is always busy, some seasons just pour. In the past few weeks we experienced the unexpected death of my father in law, my mother hospitalized and … Continue reading Functioning Well Amidst Chaos: Practical Steps to Get You Through
I grew up as most children in America do, celebrating Halloween. My mom would spend hours getting creative and making costumes. A lot could be done with an old white sheet. Though the most popular was probably a ghost with eye holes cut out, the best one she made was a tube of toothpaste for … Continue reading Do You “DO” Halloween? Fall Celebrations As Unique As You Are!
When you have been parenting for a long time, it’s easy to think, “I’ve got this down”. Then, God gives you a child or a circumstance that throws you for a loop. For us, it’s a little girl who keeps us on our toes. Though she is our fourth daughter (and 7th child in the … Continue reading Everyone Needs a Little Clarity! God’s Gift of New Perspective.
We are heading into another school year, lining up all the activities and choosing the best curriculum. I always have such optimism at the beginning of the year that we will fit it all in. As parents we want to set our children up for success in their lives. No matter our own challenges, I … Continue reading Prioritizing My Homeschool: Where does the Bible fit in?
You’re in the trenches and I’m in there too! Who else can spend the entire day walking from room to room picking up your family’s “stuff” and relocating it to the right place? I’m not talking actually cleaning the house... just moving the STUFF! You know, blankets, coats, cups, pencils, backpacks, shoes, toys, books, “projects”, … Continue reading The Chaos of Clutter: Preparing Children to be Adults
You know what’s weird? It’s weird that in the age of social media we know so much about people but yet we don't know people. We don't spend actual time with them. We know where they went on vacation and even get to look into their family scrapbook. We see what they made for dinner, … Continue reading Connecting the Generations: Make a Plan and Make it Happen
I know it, how did we get here... has this much time really passed? It doesn’t “feel” like I’m an older woman and I’m sure it doesn't feel like it to you, either. But here we are, part of that “older woman” demographic. In reality, you don’t even have to be THAT old to be … Continue reading Women Encouraging Women: A look At Titus 2
The girls who hang out at our house may have discovered the closed lid basket on the top of the toilet. Though it is unlabeled it has been left there with an unspoken invitation, ”If you need something, take it”. I remember being a teen. There were times at a friend’s house when “Auntie Flo” … Continue reading Honest Talk About Periods: Preparing Your Daughter For Her First Cycle
I’ve just gotten home from a second week of summer Bible clubs with my kids. There are so many verses that they learn during VBS and 5 Day Clubs during these events. I don’t want them to lose the progress they make in memorization and, as usual, I find myself needing a plan. The goal … Continue reading Memory Verses: Implement a Plan for Retention
Nine times we’ve done this potty training thing so to some, I would be considered a pro. Of course, I would have to say that all kids will eventually become potty trained so in reality, is accomplishing it really something all that unusual? Perhaps not unusual but as you start out it is the great … Continue reading Potty Training Uncovered: Tips from a mom of nine!