One Personal Goal for 2016: Transparency

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 simplify. Hence no blog posts. I've been preoccupied with other things. However, I would be remiss if I didn't share what God has laid on my heart instead of "Exercise 3 days a week" and "Read 50 … [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plan for 1/11/15 {Gluten-Free, Wk 10} + More

I'm a little late with the meal plan, but here it is! I still can't believe this is my 10th week gluten-free. {If you're interested in why I decided to go gluten-free, read this post.} While I probably need to write another post to explain it, I'm about to start a new "diet," not to lose weight, but to rectify some health problems I've been having and figure out what foods I'm not tolerating too well. Unfortunately, just eliminating gluten has not resolved all my problems. I'm still doing my … [Read more...]

Read Better, Not More Books in 2015 (+ My Book List)

Reading is one of my favorite pastimes, but it's something I really have to make time for or it doesn't happen at all. Unless I'm intentional about taking time to read, then many days may pass by without picking up a book. There are just too many distractions. But, oh, how much we grow when we make reading a regular part of our daily routines! The caveat, of course, is that we must read books that promote and encourage growth, for we all know that not all books are created equal. That being … [Read more...]

New Habits to Grow in 2015

Usually about this time I'm sharing my goals for the year. But this year, I'm taking a different turn. Since December 26th, I've been in prayer seeking God's will for me in 2015, specifically asking: What areas do I need to work on? Where am I falling short? In what areas do I need to continue to grow? Where am I focusing too much attention? Where should I be focusing instead? A lot has become clear to me in the past few weeks. God has been so good and has very gently shown me … [Read more...]

8/24/14 Weekly Meal Plan + Goals

Well, Thursday of this week is my "due date." I'm always a little reluctant to use that term since the baby will come whenever she's ready, but considering all three of our girls have arrived within 2-4 days of my due date, I'm thinking Baby A will be here this week. The meals we have this week will all be simple to fix because, well, honestly, my energy is limited and I'm feeling a little like I did in my first trimester...queasy and nauseous. We may even eat a few freezer meals if I get … [Read more...]

8/17/14 Weekly Meal Plan + Goals

38 weeks! I can't believe how quickly time is passing by!! I'm getting excited to meet this new baby although I admit that I'm a bit nervous about what our "new normal" is going to look like. I've never been good with change, and every time we've added a new baby to the mix, the transition has been a struggle for me. It's normal, I know, but I would appreciate your prayers in the weeks and months to come. Thank you!! This week is a busy one. We have American Heritage Girls Registration … [Read more...]

8/10/14 Weekly Meal Plan & Goals

Well, the blog has been silent for awhile, and I apologize. No, I haven't had the baby, but life has been full and any extra time I've had lately has been spent resting. At 37 weeks, there ain't a whole lot of energy in this old Mama, so I'm trying to be careful in how I expend it. This past week I returned from a leadership retreat that blessed me beyond belief and came home to celebrate my 35th birthday with my sweet family. We've been schooling in full force, and I've made some changes … [Read more...]

7/27/14 Weekly Meal Plan & Goals

My parents have blessed Daniel and me with a "children-free weekend"! So what am I doing? Catching up on laundry, grocery shopping for the week, and cleaning out the car. I even vacuumed out the window sills in our house. Yuck! Do you air out your home periodically? I've been reading Charlotte Mason's Home Education (aff link), and she recommends opening your windows just about an inch every so often to draw out the noxious air and pull in fresh air. For some reason, I've felt very stuffy in … [Read more...]

7/20/14 Weekly Meal Plan & Goals

This post may contain affiliate links.  I know I've been a little erratic with posting our weekly menu. The weekends are so full now that we've resumed homeschooling, so Saturdays have become a planning day for me. I plan our meals, activities & appointments for the week, and all of our school work. This coming week is a nice slow one compared with the past two in which we had swimming lessons every afternoon. The only plans are a visit from my parents early in the week and a visit … [Read more...]

Homeschooling First Grade: Our Goals + Helpful Resources

This post contains affiliate links. Thanks for supporting our family! See my disclosure policy for more details. Back in March as we were finishing up our Kindergarten work, I created a handy printable to help me plan for the upcoming First Grade year. As I researched and planned for homeschooling first grade, I realized very quickly we were going to be adding more subjects and broadening our focus. However, I also needed to remember that our primary aim is preparing our children for … [Read more...]