Archives for July 2016

Love & Faithfulness | Proverbs 3:3-4

Saturday Scripture Proverbs 3:3-4 Let love and faithfulness never leave you;     bind them around your neck,     write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name     in the sight of God and man. Prayer Papa God, Thank you for showing me what real love and faithfulness mean. Everyday, help me choose to love others, even when things get tough. Help me be faithful and choose to walk the path you’ve set before me, even {Read More}

5 Ways To Teach Kids About God Through Nature And Scriptures

Growing up in the mountains of Northern California I spent many summer days at the lake. The icy cold water was clear, made up of melted snow. The lake bottom was sticky mud, and I’d dig with my toes until my feet were completely buried. Sometimes I’d build sand castles at the water’s edge, but my favorite thing was to lay on my back and float on the water. With my toes pointing skyward, I’d take in tall green pines {Read More}

A Few of My Favorite Blogs

I don’t know about you, but I love blogs. I love the nuggets of advice and inspiration I get every day from people I know, love and trust! So where do I turn to when I need inspiration? This isn’t an exclusive list, but it’s a good one. The best part is I consider all these amazing people FRIENDS! The Better Mom         Gary Thomas         Lisa Whittle         Mother of {Read More}

Rest | Psalm 116:5-7

Saturday Scripture Psalm 116:5-7 The Lord is gracious and righteous;     our God is full of compassion. The Lord protects the unwary;     when I was brought low, he saved me. Return to your rest, my soul,     for the Lord has been good to you.   Prayer Papa God, You are gracious, righteous, compassionate, and just. You are good and your goodness to me is overwhelming. When my spirit is at unrest, help me remember the ways you’ve been good to me {Read More}

Homeschooling Fears

When I first started homeschooling I was afraid of a few things. My kids would get on my nerves. My kids wouldn’t get enough socialization. My educational weaknesses would be my kids’ educational weaknesses. Now in my 20+ years of homeschooling, I can say that all of those have come TRUE. 1. My kids did get on my nerves. There were times I’d escape into my bedroom for three minutes of peace and quiet … only to have them follow me, {Read More}

Saving Money with Groupon Coupons

With eight kids in the house, having a budget is 100% necessary. Between summer vacation, camps, activities, food, school supplies, family outings and more, life can get pretty expensive. Managing our finances has been one of the hardest struggles after adding on seven kids in five years. (That and laundry!) Thankfully I’ve found some things that work, and store coupons are one of those things. I am not great about cutting out coupons for single items. I honestly don’t have {Read More}

Daily Encouragement | Hebrews 3:12-14

Saturday Scripture Hebrews 3:12-14 12 See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. 13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. 14 We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end. Prayer Papa God, Thank you for the gift of community with believers. {Read More}

Great Read Alouds for K-2

Looking for some great books to read with your kids? Here’s a list of read alouds for K-2. Perfect for your library’s summer reading program! 1.  The Little Old Lady Who was not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams 2.  Love you Forever by Robert Munsch 3.  I Have to Go by Robert Munsch 4.  The Mud Puddle by Robert Munsch 5.  Thomas’ Snowsuit by Robert Munsch 6.  Mortimer by Robert Munsch 7.  David’s Father by Robert Munsch 8.  If {Read More}

5 Things I Learned from the Gift of Silence {by Jill Lynn Buteyn}

Silence can be deafening. Especially when you don’t know what to say. The blank space is there waiting for you to fill it. To make it all better. When my friend Kara Tippetts was fighting breast cancer, I learned a new normal. I remember her talking about how it was okay not to talk. The Gift of Silence, she called it. I’d never thought of it that way before. I’d thought of words as a gift. But in the many {Read More}

Come & Talk with Me | Psalm 27:7-10

Saturday Scripture Psalm 27:7-10 Hear me as I pray, O Lord.     Be merciful and answer me! My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.”     And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.” Do not turn your back on me.     Do not reject your servant in anger.     You have always been my helper. Don’t leave me now; don’t abandon me,     O God of my salvation!  Even if my father and mother abandon me,     the Lord will hold me {Read More}

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