Nailed It

I have to say I think I nailed family pictures this year. And I think I nailed family pictures because I approached them differently than I had in years past. I didn't need to remember a gorgeous location or coordinated outfits. I didn't need perfection; I just needed record of these people, at this time, at this age, with these faces. {read more}

The Grass is Greener

It's easy for me to get down on homeschooling. Being on duty all day, having no down-time, being responsible for every subject, playing referee, worrying if I am doing enough, and finding evidence of school in every room can take its toll. The grass starts to look greener on the public school side of the fence. {read more}

More Than Meets the Eye

I am blessed and I am cursed ... by the same quality. It's like different sides of the same coin. I see more than meets the eye. {read more}

Technology DeTox

As I mentioned in my blog post, Stealing My Joy, I roped my family into a Technology DeTox for the month of September – where we gave up certain forms of technology for the month. Every one in the family participated –from the kindergartner to the business man. Now some might say, “Why not just pull […] {read more}

Personal Scripture Study for Kids

When I approached my husband with my dilemma, he replied, "Is it (personal scripture study) really a big deal? Does he need to read his scriptures? I never studied the scriptures when I was his age." My response was, "EXACTLY. Neither did I, and we both suck at personal scripture study now as adults. Imagine if we had cultivated habits earlier in our lives?" {read more}

Stealing My Joy

I had the realization about a month ago that technology was STEALING my mothering joy right out of my heart and right out of my home. I realized that when I walk into a room and see one of my children on some kind of technology I often have a reaction of either anger (because I’ve […] {read more}

Homeschooling Hybrid

I’ve always believed in responding to the needs of each individual child, each year — not wholly picking homeschool or public school as THE right way. So this year as I looked at our school year and assessed the needs of the family, including mine, I came up with a plan to do a homeschooling hybrid. […] {read more}

We Are Important

I got to spend 7 days in Hawaii with my hubby. It was heaven. My college-age niece came and stayed with my kids for the week at our house. I had her cook meals, clean house, drive carpool, and do homeschool. As I typed up the week’s schedule for her, I had an overwhelming sense […] {read more}

Getting It Together

Our family has decided we need to get it together. Again. Just like we have several times before. Ha. But isn’t that life? You’ve got it down. Then you don’t. You’re together and then you’re not. You’re on a roll and then you stumble. Well, we were in an off cycle there for awhile. Maybe […] {read more}

Begin Again

Yesterday didn't go so well. My morning started off with a groggy, grouchy 5 year-old boy coming into my room yelling, "The tooth fairy didn't come! Why didn't she come!?!" {read more}

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