Love Letters

A box of love letters in the garage holds many memories and the start of our marriage. This post is sponsored by Hallmark.Twenty-two years ago today I was wandering the streets of Paris with my friend Sarah and some new girls we’d met on the plane overseas. I was, as my French mom so often introduced […]

A Guide to Curing Thank You Note Writer’s Block

Cat got your tongue when it comes to writing thank you notes? Here are some ideas to help you say thanks in a real and honest way. This post is sponsored by Hallmark. All opinions are my own. The end of the year is a great time to say thanks. Whether you homeschool or send […]

Memories on the Tree

The following content is sponsored by Hallmark: Last week I confessed that I consider decorating the tree a chore. Please know that doesn’t mean I don’t absolutely LOVE having a decorated tree. I love watching the lights glow in the darkness. I love watching my kids’ eyes light up when they look at their favorite […]

Make a Big To Do Out of Christmas

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?

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

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

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

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 […]