Craving Connection! Let’s make 2017 about people {+giveaway!}

What are you most excited about in 2017? I’m SO excited about the people in my life, and there are a lot of them. In 2016 we finalized the adoption of our four girls. So now we have 10 kids, eight of them are at home. I’m currently homeschooling kids ages 6, 6, 9, 12, 13, 13 and 16. Wow! That’s a lot of people who need my attention. Yet even though these kids can be all consuming, I’ve learned {Read More}

Recognizing Faulty Decision-Making

  “It’s not my fault!” ranks in my Top 10 Most Frequently Used Phrases, and may well be #1. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not the kind of person who always has to be right. But heaven protect anyone who implies that I might be wrong. My favorite family game? “Pin-the-Blame-on-Someone-Else”! Asking myself the hard questions But over the last few years, I’ve started asking a hard question when I start feeling overwhelmed by the latest curve ball life’s {Read More}

Growing Mission-Minded Hearts

One of the most important directives of the Bible is Mark 16:15, which says, “[Jesus] said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.’” How do we know it’s one of the most important? Because these are Jesus’ parting words to His disciples. He was leaving the earth for heaven, but He wanted the work to continue. Jesus has a heart for missions, and He wants us—and our children—to have the same. I’m a {Read More}

Best Read Alouds {Picture & Chapter Books}

One of my favorite times of the day is when I get the kids settled in a night and it’s time to read. Bedtime reading has been a tradition that we’ve done for the last 20+ years. We make sure all electronics are turned off, the kids get ready for bed, and we sit down as a family to read. It’s amazing how many wonderful books we get to share as a family! I asked my readers on Facebook to share {Read More}

Homeschooling in the Shade by Hettie Brittz {Plus a Giveaway!}

Have you ever found another homeschooling mom who gets you and who could handle the truth about how you’re really doing? That would be like finding a shady tree on the side of the road to rest under. I’m still looking, most of the time. I try to pretend I am quite okay to Lone Ranger it in the relentless sun on this journey, but truth be told, it would be great to take a break from this pretending. I’d {Read More}

How to Avoid Going Broke this School Year {by Jessi Fearon}

Summer has been flying by and depending on where you are, the school year is quickly creeping up on us (here in Georgia, school started the first week of August!). And I know for me, last school year was hard. Maybe it was because it was the first school year for our family of five so I wasn’t exactly sure how to budget for it or maybe it was because there really are so many various and unexpected school-related expenses {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}

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}

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}

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