Organization That Goes Beyond the Home

Over the years, I’ve heard that home organization (or lack therof) affects our personal life, causing either relaxation or even stress. And judging by the stats regarding posts written on organization tips and techniques, as well as the myriad of magazine covers at the local grocery store, the majority of people want to de-clutter, they want … [Read More...]


Are You Ready to Quit Quitting?

Comparison will always compromise the calling on our lives. Are you a quitter? Do you have a history of starting a new diet, fitness program, or volunteer for a committee at church or school only to find yourself making excuses as to why you can’t continue and then ultimately quit? Would you like tools to help stop this cycle in its … [Read More...]


Beauty in a Large Family

Recently we celebrated National Ag Week, and a fellow farmer challenged her Facebook friends to post a daily photo depicting the beauty of farm life. It sounded like something fun to try, so I began thinking about the photos I would post. I had no idea what a blessing it would be to me personally. Farming is a good life, and there is much beauty in … [Read More...]

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Christianity and Mental Health

After my husband was shot in a random crime event and was subsequently hospitalized, he improved in body and spirit. His focus was on what needed to be done in rehab. Being a sudden paraplegic, after all, comes with a steep learning curve. Our friends commented on his incredible spirit and determination. His focus was moving ahead. My focus was … [Read More...]


How I Became Super Mom

This time a couple of years ago I thought I had it all figured out. I was about to give birth to my fourth child. I was juggling pretty well, so I thought. We had soccer, Sunday and Wednesday night church, a big garden, a clean home, a weekly homeschool coop, piano lessons, I made most of our food from scratch, and wrote on my blog three times a … [Read More...]

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The Cure For The Discouraged Homeschool Mom

Parenting is challenging, and when you add homeschooling to the mix, the challenge is even greater.  Homeschooling isn't easy, and often discouragement creeps in, making us feel like we are failing, or even causing us to consider quitting. Through my 31 years of homeschooling, I have had MANY days when I was discouraged, and ready to quit.  … [Read More...]

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Make Your Valentine’s Day Cheesy

I used to have a love hate relationship with Valentine's day. I hated how over the top the day was along with all of the pressures, yet I loved the extra chocolate treats that seemed to be floating around that day. I am also not a very big fan of commercialized holidays, especially the super cheesy ones like Valentine's day. However, I absolutely … [Read More...]

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A Valentine’s Day Tradition: coloring love for our children

My dad always bought little valentines gifts for my sister and me. I guess he thought the holiday of love was a time to express his love to ALL the girls in his life, not just our mom.  So he'd buy us candy, or a little stuffed bear or something.  Sometimes he'd write a goofy little poem or card too. I remember this one as one of my … [Read More...]


Creating Culture Within the Home

  When I was a little girl, I had a dream of providing a safe, thriving, peaceful, beautiful, creative, fun, and even a professionally decorated home, where my children would be free to grow into the plans God had for them. Of course, this was decades before I understood the realities of marriage, bills, budgets, special needs children, … [Read More...]

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For the Love of Books

My daughter returned from the mailbox full of excitement. There was a package, and she could tell it contained a book. For my part, I was happy too. I knew it was a biography of John Newton who is next up on our list for hymn study. I can’t wait! Books! Perhaps the greatest reason I chose to give my children a Charlotte Mason style education. … [Read More...]