15 Fall Soups for the Crockpot

Fall is just around the corner, ya'll. I mean, literally, fall is next week, and already I'm plotting when I can make my first batch of chili of the season. Oh, who am I kidding? I've already made chili. This summer! I couldn't resist. I'm over at Proverbial Homemaker today sharing 15 Fall Soups for the Crockpot. Come on and over and find some delicious new slow-cooker recipes.  Chili aside, I'm trying to ease my way into some slow cooker soups and stews that will make meal time a cinch. … [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plan for 7/26-8/1

This week is our last full week before we start back to school. We'll be spending time with friends and having some fun before we resume our regular schedule. You know, the one with structure. I will be sharing our 2015-2016 curriculum for our 2nd grader, kindergartener, and preschooler this week. We're making some changes that I'm really excited about. Cora finished her t-ball season last Saturday. She really enjoyed playing with One Goal Sports, but I'm glad we're finished. I don't like … [Read more...]

The Weekly Meal Plan: The Looney Bin Edition

Well, I hope you had a happy 4th! Despite the rain the girls enjoyed their first fireworks show and their first time to stay up until 10:00! Needless to say they had a blast but will be recouping on their sleep for the next 2 months. Sorry, I'm a sleep nazi, but when kids are rested, they are enjoyable and agreeable. When they are tired, they're whiney and prone to even more drama. Bring on the early bed times! This week we are making up t-ball games, doing some gymnastics, and trying to … [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plan + Books We’ve Been Reading

This past week we embarked on our first week of Summer Learning, complete with creating an earthworm farm, traveling through the Middle Ages, some art, and lots of reading. Books the Kids Are Reading We finished a really fun book called Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle during read-aloud time, and read a few books for our Summer Reading Challenge. We're really into those Magic Tree House books: Kate reads 2 or 3 a day! At the library this week, she chose a biography on Laura Ingalls Wilder, parts of which … [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plan for June 21-27

Today is Father's Day, and I just need a minute to offer my thankfulness. God has blessed me with a father who loves Him and daily pursues His will. Through service to others, through wise words and Godly counsel, through generosity and love, in so many ways, my dad is a living example of my heavenly Father. God has also blessed me with an amazing husband who has grown leaps and bounds over the years into a man much like my father. He is gentle, loving, selfless, generous with his time … [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plan for June 14-20

Well, we "finished" school this past week. I say "finish" because we school year round and never stop for longer than a week or two. However, last year I realized that not having an official start/stop date created some problems. So June 10th was Kate's last day of 1st grade. We will take a 2-week break and then resume some light studies through the end of June and July, starting back up with our new curriculum and a rising second grader and kindergartener in August. (I will share later this … [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plan for June 7-13

Finally! We finish school this Wednesday. I've felt like we've been slogging through the mire these last few weeks, but we are almost there! To celebrate we're having an ice cream sundae party because, well, sweets are our happy place. We'll take the rest of the week off. Then, next week the big girls are going to grandparents' camp. When they return we'll resume a relaxed summer schedule and begin our Summer of Learning. What's coming up on the blog Later this week I'll be sharing my … [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plan for May 31 – June 6

I skipped posting my meal plan last week because we were out of town enjoying some family time at my parents' cabin. Life is slowing down as summer approaches, and as we break from activities for a few months, I'm realizing how much I need margin in my life. I'm tired. There are a lot of really good things I'm doing, but they've all worn me out. We will officially finish our school year on June 10, and I'm looking forward to a little break and a lighter load through the summer. So, in an … [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plan for May 17-23

This week my husband and I celebrate 8 years of marriage. If you're curious as to how we met, you can read our story. It's been a blur, honestly. Having 4 kids in 8 years will do that to you. But it's been a soul-satisfying blur: we've grown individually and together in many ways, and I'm looking forward to the next year together. Also this week, our oldest daughter finishes up her second year of American Heritage Girls. We still have a few more weeks of school here so I'm trying to have … [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plan for 5/10-16

Happy Mother's Day! I hope you were able to celebrate with your loved ones this weekend. God has so richly blessed me with an amazing mother plus 4 little darlings of my own. (Yes, the dog has a dress on. It's the baby's.) Whew! This past week we celebrated Annabeth's third birthday, culminating with a family party yesterday afternoon. The birthday girl seemed to enjoy herself :) Here she is with her "Monkey Cake" -- courtesy of her grandparents who are quite adept cake makers and … [Read more...]