Archives for November 2015

10 Ways to Make Your Homeschooling Easier {+ giveaway!}

I’ve been homeschooling most of my life – first as a homeschool student myself, and now as a homeschool mother of four. Now that I’m graduating my oldest son, it’s a good time to look back and see what works and what doesn’t work. And you know what works? Easy. Easy works, hard doesn’t. It seems obvious, but that’s not how I tend to operate much of the time. I seem to think that if I complicate things, if I {Read More}

3 Ways You Can Share God’s Love for $10 | Join the #GiveTen Challenge!

3 Ways You Can Share God’s Love for $10 As the holiday season rolls around I hear a lot of “I wants” from my kids. Catalogs show up in the mail. Commercials flash on the television. Every store is filled with racks of glittery, flashy toys that draw my children’s attention. My children are too easily drawn to what they can get, and my goal as a mom is to show them what they can give. Here are 3 ways {Read More}

Clap for Joy! | Psalm 47:1

Saturday Scripture Psalm 47:1 Come, everyone, and clap your hands for joy! Shout to God with joyful praise! Prayer Heavenly Father, You are so good! I have endless reasons to celebrate and they are all because of you. Thank you for saving me, for your limitless grace, your creativity, your power, for your Word, for community with others, and so much more. You have blessed me more than I can fully know. May my life be a reflection of the {Read More}

Is Motherhood Luck of the Draw? by Ruth Schwenk {+ ‘Hoodwinked’ giveaway!}

Our kids love to play a version of what we used to call hide-and-seek. The difference? They love to play it in our attic… with all the lights out! There is no skill to this game – it is pure chaos, pure chance, and pure darkness! After crawling, dodging furniture, and luckily finding one of our kids in my first try at the game, I vowed to never play again! Let’s be honest, at times, parenting feels sort of a {Read More}

12 Ways to Help Your Children Honor Veterans

12 Ways to Help Your Children Honor Veterans As a mom, I never thought much about Veteran’s Day until after I’d started interviewing World War II veterans for a novel I was writing. Yet as November neared I knew I wanted my children to have the same privilege I did in getting to know the men and women who served our country. When Veteran’s Day arrived we pulled out paper and markers and worked on posters. “Thank you for your {Read More}

6 Ways to Build a Positive Family

Do your kids struggle with negativity? Are you constantly having to break up fights? Do you cringe at the words coming out of your child’s mouth? Do you wish everyone could just be happy and positive? A positive attitude at home will leak into the rest of your child’s life. The “family” is where the foundation of a positive living is built. It’s our job not just to teach being positive, but to model it. Here are 6 ways to {Read More}

Mealtime Devotions | God’s Phone Number {Plus a Giveaway!}

Mealtime Prayer: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. Amen. Appetizer: Have one person think of a short message such as “Eat all your vegetables” or “Baseball is a great sport.” Without using words, try {Read More}

6 Reasons We Chose to Adopt {by Kim Zimmerman}

Kim Zimmerman and her family are featured in the adoption documentary Find Me which follows three families on their journey to adopt from China. Kim blogs about her family here. Adoption was not a “PLAN B.” Instead, adopting was a continuum of Plan A! When we stepped into the world of adoption, our family was already considered a “big” family in America today. With three daughters and two sons, we had long since surpassed what is considered to some as {Read More}

Must-Try Recipe: Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Pie

With the holidays coming up, you can never have enough pie recipes on hand. One of my new favorites is the old-fashioned buttermilk pie recipe from Made With Love!  Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Pie 4 eggs 1 cup of sugar 3 tablespoons of flour 1 1/2 cups of buttermilk 1/4 cup butter, melted 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg whipped cream (optional) Preheat over to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, beat eggs and sugar together. Add flour and mix together. Slowly {Read More}

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