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
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.
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
In our early days of homeschooling, we weren't just new to this type of educational model, we were relatively new to being a family altogether. We were young and still discovering our family personality. I was fascinated with the people I saw in the home-school community. I had never met so many large families in … Continue reading The Ideal Homeschool Family: How do you Measure up?
A friend recently asked me how I prepared myself for the time when my children started dating. She was not asking how I prepared THEM, but how I prepared myself. I guess I had never thought about it before but she is right, there is a difference. Well, kinda.... We knew that day would come, … Continue reading Dating on the horizon? Are YOU Ready for This Part of Parenting?
I was driving down the road and there was a guy wearing a T-shirt that said, “Livin’ the Dream”. It was apparent that his dream was different than mine. To start off, he was walking down the sidewalk with a bag of groceries and his pants were hanging down below his boxer line. His shirt … Continue reading Are you “Living the Dream”? Mom life can be tough!
The seasons of our life direct our activity choices. Some of our traditions are ones we can keep and some need a bit of tweaking to make them work in a particular time of life. When I was a little girl, we always spent the 4th of July at my gramma’s house. She had a … Continue reading Independence Day: Free to Celebrate!
We all have a journey, a personal timeline. My friend, Ann Dunagan, from .missionmindedfamilies.org challenged me last year to find a way to compile a timeline of my life. I had made history timelines with my children for school and so I adapted the idea. Instead of thousands of years, I narrowed it down to … Continue reading Intentional Input: Reflecting on my own Timeline
As the weather warms up and the sunny days get longer, there is one question on my children’s minds.... “When is Boxcar Day?” My friends know all about this and are asking the same question as my kids! Then there are others that ask, “What is Boxcar Day?” Many years ago there was a tradition, … Continue reading Boxcar Days: Where a Kid can be a Kid!
I have great memories of watching Lawrence Welk with my Gramma on Saturday nights, sleeping over and then waking up to attend church with her on Sunday mornings. We always sat in the balcony on pews upholstered in bright red fabric. She would intermittently pass me wintergreen lifesavers throughout the service, maybe that is why … Continue reading Catching the Vision: Why we Keep our Kids With us in Church!