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Make a Big To Do Out of Christmas

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buche de noel There are some things that have become traditions for our family. Things that the kids know happen each year in December. We bake a Buche de Noel. We go light looking. We open one present on Christmas Eve. These are sweet things that have developed over the years. They now serve as […]

How Does Your Garden Grow?

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As moms, we can aspire to greatness: to feed our children healthy food that they will actually eat — without complaint to provide cultural, athletic, and literary experiences that they will enjoy to provide a clean and tidy home where it is their joy to clean up after themselves to teach our children to love […]

Thankfulness is Something to Practice

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When I was growing up, my mom would typically prompt Thanksgiving table conversation along the lines of, “Let’s go around the table and share something we’re each thankful for.” Cringe. Shudder. Sticks out tongue. I hated that. (Sorry, Mom.) Not only was I put on the spot, often “getting” to go first, but I felt […]

Vacation: A Favorite Fall Tradition

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It may seem odd to take a vacation in the fall of the year. I think most people are probably hunkering down for a busy season. Many kids have schedules with school and extra activities that don’t allow them to leave home for long. Since we homeschool, we can take our education on the road. […]

Create a Family Bucket List for Fall

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photo source: Katie Balla I’ve created a family “bucket list” with my kids each summer for as long as I can remember. But, it wasn’t until I was scrolling through Pinterest and saw this very cute graphic that it dawned on me that we could make bucket lists for every season! {smacks head} Why didn’t […]

Power Out!

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photo source Typically when I use the phrase, power out, I’m referring to some degree of productivity. As in, I’m going to power out on this laundry. Translation = I’m going to focus on the laundry until it’s done. However, last week an experience unique to those in the very southwest of the United States […]

Songs for Inspiration

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Inspiration is all around us. It’s in the beautiful pictures you see scrolling by on Pinterest, the creative ideas that you glean from magazines and blogs, the poignant stories that you hear about hardships, adversity, and the fight for justice. It’s in the waves of the magnificent ocean God created, the tall mountains He built, […]

Encouragement: I’m Sorry, I Forgive You

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Years ago a friend called me her Barnabus. I didn’t really know what that meant at the time. She explained that Barnabus meant “son of encouragement” or “son of consolation.” The Barnabus in the Bible was known for the way he encouraged those around him. She seemed to think that I was an encouragement to […]