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Power of a Preposition

I received two pieces of bad news recently. And I’m using the power of a preposition to get me through. I remember learning about prepositions in the 8th grade. Mrs. Scarlett, my English teacher, described them as words that show how a bird might interact with a birdhouse. For example, a bird can fly to […] {read more}

Let Go of the Bananas

Have you ever heard the story of the monkey that just won't let go of the bananas? At the gist of this story is attachment. What are we not willing to let go of? What are we holding on to tightly that isn't serving us? What ideas, programs, practices, hopes, dreams and expectations are jeopardizing our safety and our sanity?  {read more}

Let Them Grow Up

There is definitely a part of me that gets sad when I see my kids baby faces in old pictures. I miss the less busy days at home or their cute little voices or their solvable problems. But I really wouldn't want things to stay that way. Growth is why we came to earth. Growth is a sign of life. {read more}

Trust Your Gut

I hate that I am over forty years old and I still need validation. I guess I thought by now I would hold my head high and strut around with confidence in myself, with disregard to any one else's opinion. I'm almost there, but I allow doubt to creep into my mind ever so slightly, mainly in the area of homeschooling. {read more}

Family Calendar 2.0

Different calendaring methods worked great when my kids were younger, but sadly, those days are gone, and now it's time for Family Calendar 2.0. {read more}

First Answer to Prayer

I was in the first grade, and I had lost a reading book that my teacher let me take home. The book was due back, but it was no where to be found. I looked and looked. Mrs. Johnson kept bugging me to return the book. I so wanted to please my teacher and felt terrible that I had let her down. {read more}

Cash Will Do

I am sure I'm not the only one that Easter snuck up on. In my mind March is for St. Patrick's Day and April is for Easter. For some years now we have tried to do our baskets on Saturday morning, but as of publication there is nothing to go inside them. Luckily, Crew came up with a great idea. {read more}

Taking My Cue From Nature

What if you took your exercise cues from nature and gave your body his or her own winter?  {read more}

Own It

My children struggle a bit to own their mistakes. It seems like when they are busted they divert and try to blame a sibling, the circumstance, or even me or Chad sometimes. Most of the time a simple "I'm sorry" would suffice and we could all move on, but because they won't own their mistake, the problem is unnecessarily extended. Chad and I handle our children's attempts at misdirection in three ways. {read more}

Homeschooling Highlights

I homeschooled all four of my kids last year and it sorta kicked my butt. Some days were straight out of a dream and a few days were out of a nightmare. However, most days were somewhere in between. Through all our time together we had some wonderful highlights. {read more}

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