Family Life, Homeschool, Uncategorized

Got Great Ideas? 5 Tips To Put Them Into Practice

Who else starts their day with high hopes and then is dashed when life takes over? I know I could be so much more productive if I could just remember to use the resources that I have in my home. If all those genius life hacks made it off my Pinterest wall and into my… Continue reading Got Great Ideas? 5 Tips To Put Them Into Practice

Uncategorized

Functioning Well Amidst Chaos: Practical Steps to Get You Through

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

Encouragement, Family Life

Everyone Needs a Little Clarity! God’s Gift of New Perspective.

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.

Family Life

The Chaos of Clutter: Preparing Children to be Adults

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

Homeschool

The Ideal Homeschool Family: How do you Measure up?

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?

Family Life

Dating on the horizon? Are YOU Ready for This Part of Parenting?

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?

Family Life

Are you “Living the Dream”? Mom life can be tough!

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. This guy… Continue reading Are you “Living the Dream”? Mom life can be tough!

Family Life

Independence Day: Free to Celebrate!

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!

Encouragement

Intentional Input: Reflecting on my own Timeline

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

Family Life

Boxcar Days: Where a Kid can be a Kid!

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!