One Personal Goal for 2016: Transparency

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So, it’s been a while since I last posted. Some things have happened . . . We’ve moved! To a farm! While I’m usually sharing my list of personal goals for the year on January 1, we spent New Year’s Day getting settled into our new home instead, and I have felt the Lord urging me to […]

Mess-Free Art Supplies for Kids {Review & Giveaway!!}

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I am not the mom who loves making crafts. In fact, I have tubs full of paints, glitter glue, pipe cleaners, and stickers that my girls would love to rummage through, use, and destroy the house with, but they are hidden in out-of-reach spaces in our utility room. Every now and then I will conjure up the […]

Win Chris Tomlin’s “Adore: Christmas Songs of Worship” {Review & Giveaway}

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We have a little rule in our family. No Christmas trees, no Christmas music, no Christmas anything until after Thanksgiving. It’s so easy for me to miss out on the beauty of today if I’m always looking to tomorrow. However, when I had the opportunity recently to review Chris Tomlin’s latest Christmas CD, I kind of […]

Black Friday Deals & Steals

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Who doesn’t love a good deal? I do! But I do not like to bother with all those people and lines and limited inventory, so I do almost all of my Christmas shopping online. So I want to share with you a few Black Friday sales that do not require you to leave the house! […]

A Thanksgiving Message . . . We Have Work to Do

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This morning in my quiet time the Lord brought to my mind how truly blessed I am. Fitting, I know, since today is Thanksgiving. But not only do I experience all the necessities of life, but I have family, friends, safety, monetary abundance, good health, and most importantly, salvation. How many people in this world […]

Winter Term 2015 Books & Curriculum {Charlotte Mason}

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I posted our 2015-2016 curriculum back in August, and since then, we have {of course} made some changes. I simply cannot continue using books, materials, or curricula that don’t work for us although I have gotten much better. Thanks to the advice of some very wise homeschool moms, I now force myself to stick it out for […]

Thanksgiving Week 2015 Meal Plan & More

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As soon as Halloween ends, the busyness of the holidays commences around here. Do you feel the same way? There are gatherings with family and friends in anticipation of Thanksgiving, then the Big Day, and the day after, we start to prepare for Christmas and prepare all our baking needs, gift lists, holiday pictures, decorations, and […]

When God Causes Us to Stumble: A Confession of Pride

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Pride is a stumbling block. One second you’re invincible, on top of the world, convinced that no person or thing can stop you and the next you’re lying in the dust and dirt as low to the ground as you can possibly get. We all know the scripture in Proverbs 16:18: “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty […]

Grapevine Studies: Review of “The Birth of Jesus – Beginner” Study

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Bible study is a regular part of our day. Beginning our school days in God’s Word and prayer is foundational. So I’m always on the lookout for new curricula or Bible study materials to use with our girls that challenges them in new ways, applies different learning styles, and works for multiple ages. Recently, Grapevine Studies […]

ESV Journaling Bible {Review & Giveaway!}

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I recently discovered the ESV Journaling Bible from Crossway, and as an avid journal-keeper, I was excited when Crossway offered me the opportunity to review it and give one away to a special reader. (See below for giveaway details.) I don’t believe anyone can have too many Bibles. Personally, I use my beloved Life Application Study Bible and an ESV […]